Is This The Most Dangerous Spider In The U.K?

One of the great things about being a Pest Control Officer is that no two days are ever the same, The endless variety brings fresh challenges and you never know what unusual surprises are waiting just around the corner.

I had such a situation earlier this week when a local pet shop phoned Cavalry Pest Solutions and asked could someone call in.

When I arrived, the owner asked me to wait whilst he went to fetch a container with an unidentified spider in it.
Looking at the specimen, I could understand the Owners concern as this spider looked somewhat similar to some of the more dangerous species such as the Black Widow and the brown recluse, neither of which are naturally native to the u.k
Correct Identification of species is all the more difficult when in the field and it’s important to have this service carried out by a professional company such as Cavalry Pest Solutions.
I identified the Spider as a Species of False Widow,Steatoda grossa.

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The False Widow Spider, one of a small number of species that are found in britain may have hitched a ride on a delivery, although it has become more frequent in the south-east and is probably spreading north, with records as far north as the Orkneys.

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Most reported Spider Bites are attributed to False Widows,but these claims are difficult to substantiate and may be exaggerated by the media.
Being bitten by a spider is unlikely in this country in normal circumstances, and the effect of a bite is unlikely to be worse than being stung by a wasp or bee. A more serious problem is only likely to arise in the event of an allergic reaction or if the person is already compromised by other health issues.

Nevertheless, if severe swelling or ulceration results from a suspected spider bite it is recommended that you see your doctor immediately or visit an A&E Department. Read the rest of this entry »


A Flood of Pest-Related Problems!

Flooding creates many problems and brings with it a host of health and pest-related risks.
Rodents that are displaced from their natural habitat are forced to seek alternative foodsources and shelter.
Flood damaged properties provide an easily accessible and attractive harbourage for rodents who can cause damage by gnawing and spread disease through their faeces and urine. The bacterium responsible for leptospirosis that is typically found in Rat urine may be introduced into floodwater thus increasing the possibilities of infection. Other diseases that are spread by rodents include E.coli and salmonella.
FloodsStanding water,waste and sewage that remain after the flood water subsides provide an ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes and flies which can be responsible for further risks to human health.
If you have any pest related problems due to flooding, it is advisable to contact a professional pest management company such as Cavalry Pest Solutions.

Always ask if the company is a member of a trade organisation such as The NPTA (National Pest Technicians Association) and if their Pest Control Officers are members of a registered scheme such as The BASIS-PROMPT Professional register for Pest Controllers.

Cavalry Pest Solutions can also offer specialist cleaning and sanitisation services following a flood, making sure that the bacteria and viruses that are left behind are dealt with promptly, efficiently and safely.


Do You See? We’re a C.i.C, You See!

Ethical Pest Control….Whatever Next?
Wigan‘s Entrepreneurial Pest Controller, Elliot Lowe is at it again with what he believes is a first for the U.K’s Pest Management Industry.
Elliot is in the process of launching Cavalry Pest Solutions as a Community
Interest Company, a non-profit social enterprise.
Elliot explained “It’s really quite simple, A CiC is run just like an ordinary LTD
Company but has an asset lock and a profit cap set by the government, profits
made by the company above this are re-invested into the community.

Cavalry Pest Solutions CiC will provide professional & efficient Pest Control to
domestic, commercial & Rural customers and the surplus profits will be directed to providing free educational talks and workshops to community
groups and to providing a form of subsidised Pest Control that supports Local
Authority provision.”
A booklet published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, ‘The
Perfect Storm’ and a recent Episode of Panorama have highlighted the potential consequences of budget Cuts on Council Pest Control Departments.

The Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, Mr Graham Jukes believes that the proposal “is very much in line with current government thinking and will add in some way to addressing the problem of the poor and disadvantaged in dealing with pest control problems”.

A New Way Forward for The U.K Pest Control Industry

Elliot Lowe, Senior Pest Control Officer

The Pest Control Industry is undergoing a huge period of change due to
European legislation as well as dealing with the effect of the current austerity
measures and Elliot feels that his new approach has the potential to make a
significant contribution “Both the British Pest Control Association and the
CIEH have highlighted the fact that the public image of the Pest Control
Industry needs changing and I am firmly committed to using Cavalry Pest
Solutions CIC to contribute to raising the profile of our Industry whilst at the
same time providing support to Local Authorities that hopefully may ease
some of the financial pressure they are under. I’m passionate about Pest
Control, It’s my profession and I’m proud of it, and I feel privileged to be part of something that can make a difference. Customers can feel that too, knowing that whenever they choose Cavalry Pest Solutions to provide Pest Control
Inspections, Treatments and Proofing, a percentage will be invested into
improving the quality of living of those most in need”

Changing the Face of Pest Control


I’ve Just seen a Pest Controller in your Favourite Takeaway…

Just Picture the scene, you and your family are just sitting down to eat at your favourite restaurant when you notice the owner shaking hands with and saying goodbye to a PEST CONTROLLER!!

Shock,Horror, There must be a problem,There MUST be an INFESTATION, Mice,Flies,Rats,Cockroaches,Panic Starts to take hold,You’re never coming here again….

Hang On,

Let’s Stop for a moment and look at the reality!

Under the food safety regulations introduced in 2006 it is a legal requirement that all food premises must have a pest control system in place and that all food preparation areas must be proofed for potential pests. A breach of these regulations can result in a fine of up to £5000 and under new rules, a prison term of up to 2 years.
A great deal of work undertaken by the Pest Control Industry is preventative, For Example, Food Businesses who have a service agreement with Cavalry Pest Solutions typically have between 8 and 12 visits by a Professional Pest Control Officer, who can make sure that there are no problems and at the first sign of trouble, swiftly make sure that the problem doesn’t escalate.

If you see The manager of your favourite takeaway chatting away to the local Pestie, That says to me that that restaurant manager takes his job seriously and wants the best for his customers – YOU!


Unfortunately though, Many businesses think that they’ll never have a problem and end up regretting it when Pests do raise their ugly heads and they’ve no system of control in place.

Some people think that they don’t need a Pest Controller as they’re more than capable of doing the job themselves, The modern Pest Controller however, has to have a detailed and wide-ranging knowledge of multiple subjects including Biology, Natural history, Health & Safety and Legislation to name a few.

Correct identification of pests and signs of activity can be challenging to say the least and it’s in these situations when it takes experience, knowledge and skill to make the correct appraisal of a Pest Problem. Can you tell the difference between a psocid and a phorid?

Those Food businesses where you never see a PCO (And there’s plenty about!) are the ones that you should maybe worry about!

Ask the owner of your favourite restaurant or Takeaway if they have a Pest Control & proofing System in place.


Many People see the Pest Control Industry as some form of dirty secret, But the truth is that collectively, we provide an essential service to households and businesses throughout the U.K and provide a front line of defence against some rather nasty creatures and even nastier diseases.
Datas who run the Professional Pest technician Registration Scheme say that “they are conscious that although those involved in pest control are first and foremost the guardians of public health, many still regard pest control technicians as simply “rat catchers“. Pest control today is both complex and highly regulated. Controlling target species without affecting the health of non-target species or damaging the environment takes both knowledge and skill.”

So, as December approaches and many nights out are planned, Just remember that when you see a Pest Controller, there’s no need to panic or worry, They’re providing an essential service to stop problems before they start and helping you to get the most out of your night out…


The Rodent Problem you didn’t know you had….

Rat numbers on the Increase

Favourable conditions have influenced rat population Numbers

At 2 am GMT on the last Sunday in October, clocks move back by one hour for the end of British Summer Time and as the nights start drawing in and winters approach starts to bring a drop in temperatures,many of you will discover the rodent problem that you didn’t know you had!
Summer may have been a total washout in some respects but Rat numbers have been on the rise thanks to favourable conditions such as moderate temperatures from early spring and plentiful food sources.
During the summer months, Rodent colonies can increase in size almost right under our feet, taking advantage of cover provided by summer foliage but it’s the seasonal drop in temperatures that force rodent populations to seek shelter and warmth, leading to infestations that seem to have appeared overnight!
The economic situation has influenced rodent population increases as well and there has been a rise in DIY rodent treatments which in most cases only serves to make the problem worse.
If you have Rat or Mice problems, obtain the services of a professional Pest Control Company such as Cavalry Pest Solutions. Experience, knowledge and an understanding of rodent biology and behaviour is essential in getting to the root of these types of infestations and dealing with them effectively.


All things start at the Beginning…

Need Solutions for your Pest Problem? Send for The Cavalry!

Need the Solution to your Pest problems? call Cavalry Pest Solutions NOW!

Welcome, Finally, at last to the Cavalry Pest Solutions Blog! If you’ve not actually meant to arrive here, That’s fine because unfortunately No-One is immune from the threat of Pest Infestation.
It’s my intention that this blog be Informative, Educational and of practical benefit to those of you who have Pest Problems.
Dedication, Passion and Integrity aren’t words that you normally hear to describe a Pest Control Business, but as time goes on, you’ll find, as many Customers have that these words are a key element to Cavalry Pest Solutions which allows us to provide a standard of excellence to our customers, from start to finish! Whether it’s Rats, Mice, Fleas, Cockroaches, Bedbugs or Bats, Our customers come first, It’s as simple as that!
I won’t slate other companies either, It’s not my style and I don’t feel the need to, Our results speak for themselves…..