Welcome to the Ames Group Blog! My name's Alan Read, and here I'll be posting tips and advice on pest control, and keeping you updated on anything and everything in the world of pests and legionella.

Share:   ‘Never seen anything like it’: ‘white’ rats descend on Italian village Special taskforce set up in Gattolino to tackle sudden rodent infestation For a few days now the small village of Gattolino (which translates roughly as “little cat”) has been battling an infestation of rodents. Locals have nicknamed the newcomers “crazy white rats” because of … Continue reading “‘Never seen anything like it’ – ‘White’ rats descend on Italian village”

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Share:   Cotton stringy scale: Imported bugs are ‘first new garden pest of the year’ The creatures are not thought to endanger host plants but the unsightly appearance of the egg masses may cause concern for some. The cotton stringy scale – or takahashia japonica – was discovered on a magnolia in Berkshire, the Royal Horticultural Society … Continue reading “AMES Group Successfully Resolves Rat Problem in Gloucester”

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Share:   How to Prevent Legionella Having your property checked by a certified health and safety company is the first step of prevention. Legionella becomes a serious health concern when it spreads within man-made water systems such as shower heads, cooling tanks, hot tubs and large-scale plumbing systems. 1. Understanding What Legionella is Prevention is better than … Continue reading “How to Prevent Legionella: 5 Essential Tips”

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Share:   City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline – study Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, a study has found. The widespread decline of bees resulting from the loss of wild areas and pesticide use has caused great concern in recent years, but towns and … Continue reading “City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline”

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Share:   Christmas is a time of warmth and celebration and this is true for both your family and the pests in your home. With a freshly cut pine tree in the living room, sugary foods on the table, and colourful decorations hung everywhere, there are plenty of ways pests can infiltrate your Christmas and ruin the … Continue reading “Common Household Pests Over the Christmas Season and What You Should Do”

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Share:   Do You Have a Bird’s Nest in Your Chimney? Finding a birds nest in your chimney can cause a few problems, especially during the colder months. Bird control via prevention, in this case, is far better than a cure. Birds nesting in chimneys is very common, especially during the colder months when they’re trying to … Continue reading “What to Do If You Find a Bird’s Nest in your Chimney”

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Share:   Trump’s plan to shrink national park could drive dozens of unique bees to extinction, study suggests A hotspot of bee diversity is under threat following Donald Trump’s decision to drastically shrink two national parks in Utah. The western state is home to a quarter of the nation’s bee species, some of which are unique and … Continue reading “Trump’s plan to shrink national park could drive dozens of unique bees to extinction, study suggests”

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Share:   Check Your Christmas Tree With Christmas approaching, many families will be looking at buying Christmas trees to complete their Christmas decorations. Pest control for Christmas trees may be at the bottom of your Christmas list, but it’s something you need to consider. However, while there’s much joy to be had finding and decorating your Christmas tree, … Continue reading “Christmas Tree Pests Checklist”

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