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Pest problems

Pest problems

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    Pests are defined as insects, animals, or any living organism that cause harm or create a nuisance to property or furniture. The first assessment will be to identify what the pests are, and what damage or risk they pose.



    Probably the most common household pest, they like to make nests (especially in the matting underneath laminate flooring) their presence can cause a risk to food contamination. Most ants can be dealt with via traps, powder or gels generally available in most supermarkets.


    Bed Bugs

    These feed on many things, not just humans, indeed they live in birds’ nests etc, feeding on whatever they can find. They are generally nocturnal. Their bites leave marks like small raised red blotches around 5mm round. They are around the size of a small woodlouse and like to sleep in small creases so if you think you have them check in the folds of mattresses etc. To minimize these pests, keep your bed area spotless and use a torch to look into little crannies/cracks near the bed.



    These thrive in thick carpets or rugs, they lay eggs that hatch after 30 days or so, as such numbers can rise rapidly. Known for their ability to jump they are extremely hard to crush and are best treated chemically. Typically, they are only a couple of millimetres across. If you think your pet has fleas there are several treatments available in most supermarkets.



    The most obvious pest, they leave droppings and urine trails as they go. You can buy traps from most good household goods stores. There are humane traps that are very easy to use (and don’t snap shut on your fingers), these catch the mouse live so you can release it somewhere appropriate. Because they do not kill the mouse there is no body or mess to dispose of. Simply bait the trap with something suitable (they particularly like peanut butter). While the problem is ongoing you should store food in sealable containers, do not leave out unfinished food and go round the house seal up holes. Mice can get through holes that a normal finger can poke through.


    Other pests include: -

    • Flies/maggots – look for rancid meat nearby, maybe a dead bird etc– remove the source and clean the area. Live flies can be dealt with by spray or swatter.
    • Wasps/hornets – look for a nest and get professional help in removing them (the local council’s environmental team may help).
    • Earwigs – They like damp, so try and dry out any damp areas such as those behind gutters and downpipes.


    Under the terms of your tenancy agreement, it will state what can be done regarding pests, some will be down to the tenant because of unhygienic living, it is not the landlord's fault if you choose to live in such an environment (such as leaving food out). If you feel the matter is because of the building itself (i.e., through damp and so on) then you should contact your landlord to make a suitable booking with a registered pest control company.


    How we can help

    Lestons can review any tenancy agreement to confirm liabilities in regard to pests. To gain our assistance you need to open a case, this is done by taking advantage of our free consultation service, activated by the link at the top of the page, should you wish to start a case the caseworker will send you the suitable payment link.


    Please note your caseworker can only give generic advice, their role is to prepare your details for handling by our legal team / property surveyor and to act as your point of contact, they will also issue you with your Password and PIN, these will be needed to log onto your client dashboard. From your dashboard you will be able to manage and view every aspect of your case, upload documents, images, files etc.

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