Pest Control Services in Burnley

Pest Control Burnley

Professional Pest Control In Burnley

Wallace Pest Control are the leading pest control company in Burnley dealing with all sorts of Domestic, Commercial and Agricultural pests.

We provide expert pest control services across all areas of Burnley, covering Burnley (Town), Padiham, Hapton, Briercliffe, Dunnockshaw, Worsthorne, Cliviger, Holme Chapel, Mereclough, Lane Bottom and beyond!

If you’re a Burnley resident or own a business in Burnley and think you may need professional pest control assistance please call us now to arrange an appointment with our friendly and efficient pest control technicians 

Domestic, Commercial and Agricultural Pest Control in Burnley

Wallace Pest Control offer complete solutions for preventing and eradicating all types of pest from home, business and agricultural premises with clients including residential properties, shops, restaurants, warehouses, pubs, offices agricultural land and more.

We endeavor to control all types of pest discreetly with great care for the welfare of the animal.

For fully qualified, insured, and professional pest control services right across Burnley contact Wallace Pest Control today – 01282 534189

Burnley based Wallace Pest Control provides professional pest control services for the following types of domestic, commercial and agricultural pests:

wasp nest in burnley houseWasp Nest Removal

Wasp nests are usually found in roof spaces, wall cavities, and air vents of properties but can also appear in garden sheds or eaves of the house.

Wallace Pest Control use a variety of methods to destroy and remove the nest depending on its location.

The wasp nest will start about the size of a golf ball and at peak activity grow to the size of a large football containing between 3000 to 8000 wasps in a typical year.

If you’ve noticed a high number of wasps in a particular area there is a good chance you have a wasp nest nearby…read more


Bed bug infestation in burnley houseBedbug Treatment

Unlike flea infestations, bed bugs aren’t brought into a property by pets or animals.

Travel is the main way bed bugs are introduced to a property, they hitch a lift on people, clothing, luggage or other personal belongings and hop off again when they find a nice warm place to stay with lots of hiding places.

So it’s no surprise that properties with high occupancy turnover are prime locations for the spread of bed bugs.

Bedbugs are experts in finding a hiding place, including on bed frames, mattresses, clothing, furniture, behind pictures, any other objects around the bed and even under loose wallpaper…read more


Burnley house with ratsRat Control

Rat infestations are bad news not least because of the health risks they pose – rats are officially associated with about 55 different pathogens.

They also cause significant damage, with their extremely sharp incisor teeth able to gnaw through doors, ceiling, joists, pipes, electrical wires, and floorboards.  Rats will also shred nearly anything for their nests from paper to linen and plastic

The really bad news is if you’ve seen one rat there are likely to be between 5 and 10 other rats in the same nest…read more


Flea Fumigation Treatment

Many of us have furry friends at home such as dogs and cats, some businesses even have office pets. At the last count there were around 10.9 Million Pet Cats and 9.9 Million Pet Dogs in the UK.

Unsurprisingly, flea infestations are extremely common.

Thankfully, our Burnley based flea fumigation team use professional treatments with a mixture of ULV treatment for fast acting knockdown combined with residual sprays or insect growth regulators…read more


mouse pest control removing mouse from a kitchen in burnleyMouse Control

They may not have the same reputation as their rat cousins but mice can cause just as many problems in your home and to your health.

Mice have extremely flexible skeletons and can gain access to your property through the tiniest of spaces.

They only need a gap of 5mm to get in!

Mice are scavengers and are always on the lookout for warmth, shelter, food and water so will happily build a nest near to a good food source, particularly kitchens or food sources subsequently posing a very serious health risk…read more


Ants in a burnley house needing removing by a pest control companyAnt Control

Black garden ants are small, wingless with nipped in waists and there may be as many as 15,000 black garden ants in a single colony.

Each colony makes a nest which contains many worker ants – wingless females that cannot lay eggs. There will be one or more larger, egg-laying queen ant which has been fertilised by winged males.

Black ants will venture indoors foraging for food and sugary substances – the nest is their base for breeding and where their foraging expeditions start from…read more


Mole needing to be caught by burnley pest control professionalsMole Catching

The first sign of a mole is the dreaded molehill appearing all over your garden, turf, lawn or field. They are very easily established as garden inhabitants due to their ability to tunnel 4 metres an hour creating complex subterranean burrow systems.

If you have a mole come to stay it won’t be long till your garden resembles a lunar landscape, not just causing damage to your lawn but rapidly becoming a trip hazard to humans and pets alike.

Tunneling also damages the roots of plants and flowers and can dig up stones and debris which can damage machinery…read more

If you think you may need professional pest control assistance please call us now to arrange an appointment with our friendly and efficient pest control technicians – 01282 534189


Wasp Nest Removal Burnley


Wasp nests are usually found in roof spaces, wall cavities, and air vents of properties but can also appear in garden sheds or eaves of the house.

Wallace Pest Control use a variety of methods to destroy and remove the nest depending on its location.

The wasp nest will start about the size of a golf ball and at peak activity grow to the size of a large football containing between 3000 to 8000 wasps in a typical year.

The sting of a wasp causes an injection of venom into the victim. Dissimilar to the sting of a honeybee, the wasp sting can be withdrawn from the victim and used again. Wasps can be extremely aggressive and are territorial.

A single wasp can sting many times which can cause an allergic reaction which in some cases can require a trip to the hospital.

Call us now if you think you may have a wasps nest that needs removing  01282 534189

Signs of a Wasp Nest

If you’ve noticed a high number of wasps in a particular area there is a good chance you have a wasp nest nearby.

Wasps make their nests from chewed wood pulp and saliva which gives the outer wall a distinct beige coloured paper appearance.

The wasp nest will start about the size of a golf ball and at peak activity grow to the size of a large football containing between 3000 to 8000 wasps in a typical year.

Another thing to look out for is white tram lines on wooden furniture, this is a result of wasps stripping the wood from garden chairs, tables, fencing and sheds to use as the construction material for their ever-growing nest.

If you identify a wasp nest its essential that you get your wasp nest removed by a professional pest control company as soon as possible. Once worker wasps become established and start foraging the queen will become a full-time egg producer laying 200 to 300 eggs per day.

Once a wasp nest becomes established there will be much more activity with workers coming in and out and if any of those workers feel threatened they can release a pheromone which acts as a distress call for other wasps in the nest.

It is for these reasons it is essential to contact a professional pest control company to effectively remove the nest.

Do not attempt to do this yourself as wasps will feel threatened and become aggressive.

Wasp Nest Removal Process

When we arrive, we will talk you through the process of how we are going to treat your unwanted wasp nest. Step one is to carry out a risk assessment before proceeding to provide the safest strategy possible. If you have any questions or concerns you may have with regards to the wasp nest removal process and what to expect after the wasp nest has been treated then we are more than happy to answer all questions.

Our standard treatments are done using professional insecticidal dust directly into the nest by puncturing the paper nest with a nest spike and a high powered duster. This method is also used on entrances into the nest where we can’t puncture the nest directly.

With the extension lances, we can perform these jobs without the use of ladder up to around 6 – 8 meters.

Non-standard treatments may require the use of non-toxic methods if we are in a sensitive site where insecticides cannot be applied.

Non-standard treatments may also include spraying or fogging with insecticides where the nest cannot be reached safely or without further work being carried out to access the nest.

Call us now if you think you may have a wasps nest that needs removing  01282 534189

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Bedbug Treatment Burnley


Bed bugs can crop up anywhere resulting in very itchy occupants! Infestations of bed bugs can occur in furnished rooms such as those in hostels, hotels, shared or rented housing and other accommodation types that experience high turnover in occupancy.

Call us now if you think you may have a bedbug infestation 01282 534189

Cause of Bedbug Infestations

Unlike flea infestations, bed bugs aren’t brought into a property by pets or animals.

Travel is the main way bed bugs are introduced to a property, they hitch a lift on people, clothing, luggage or other personal belongings and hop off again when they find a nice warm place to stay with lots of hiding places.

So it’s no surprise that properties with high occupancy turnover are prime locations for the spread of bed bugs.

Second hand furniture can also be a major cause of bringing bed bugs into a property. Bed bugs can go many months without a blood meal so just isolating an item for a period of time will not prevent further bed bug infestation.

Signs of Bedbug Infestation

Adult bed bugs are around 5mm in length and reddish-brown in colour.

Bedbugs are experts in finding a hiding place, including on bed frames, mattresses, clothing, furniture, behind pictures, any other objects around the bed and even under loose wallpaper.

It can be difficult to distinguish between bedbug and flea bites but the things to look out for in a bedbug bite are:

  • Red, often with a darker red spot in the middle
  • Itchy
  • Arranged in a rough line or cluster
  • Located on the face, neck, arms and hands

Other signs of a potential bedbug infestation are:

  • Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets, mattresses, and bedclothes.
  • Bedbug faecal spots, egg shells or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
  • An offensive, musty odour from the bedbugs scent gland

Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime – if you suspect you may have bedbugs it’s essential you get professional pest control assistance as soon as possible.

If you identify that your mattress does have a bedbug infestation you may want to get rid of it for a new one BUT please ensure you get professional pest control treatment beforehand or the new mattress will quickly

Treatment of Bedbug Infestations

Often we use a combination of superheated steam applied to the bed frames, mattress bedside furniture etc. Followed by a natural insecticide mixed with an insect growth regulator.

Cracks and crevices are then treated with an organic compound that attacks insects through physical trauma as opposed to ‘poison’. On revisit treatments we would generally apply a long lasting residual synthetic insecticide.

The choice and suitability of the product would be decided on site after assessing the suitability for the environment it is to be used in.

Call us now if you think you may have a bedbug infestation 01282 534189

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Rat Pest Control Burnley

Rat Control Burnley


Rat infestations are bad news not least because of the health risks they pose – rats are officially associated with about 55 different pathogens.

They also cause significant damage, with their extremely sharp incisor teeth able to gnaw through doors, ceiling, joists, pipes, electrical wires, and floorboards.  Rats will also shred nearly anything for their nests from paper to linen and plastic.

The really bad news is if you’ve seen one rat there are likely to be between 5 and 10 other rats in the same nest. And there are often many nests in close proximity to each other that form a social colony of potentially up to 100 rats if sufficient food is available to support the population.

Rat infestations can build up quickly, rats are only pregnant for 3 weeks and the female is able to conceive again immediately.

The coronavirus lockdown has changed the way we behave dramatically and significantly reduced the amount of external food sources available to rats causing more and more reported rat infestation of homes.

Call us now if you have seen a rat or think you may have a problem with rats  01282 534189

Signs of Rat Infestation

Rats can normally be found under kitchen units, in basements, under garden sheds, under decking, behind bath panels and in loft space to name just a few places.

They often gain access via broken drains, damaged walls, subterranean conduits, broken vents or holes around pipes – there are clear signs to look out for if you suspect you may have rats:

Rat Droppings – Rats produce up to 40 droppings per night, dark brown in colour, the size of a small olive and the shape of a grain of rice. If the droppings appear grey and dusty this is an indication that they are remnants from a previous infestation.

Rat urine – Rat urine has a very sharp smell and its likely you’ll smell it before you see any puddles.

Sounds of Scurrying or Scratching – Rats come out at night so if you’re awake in a quiet house you won’t be able to miss the sound of scratching, squeaking and scurrying around.

Rub Marks – You will often see greasy smudges and marks left on objects and surfaces they repeatedly rub against.

Shredded Material – Rats will shred material like paper, card or cushion stuffing for their nests. They will also chew open food packages, containers and even wooden spoons!

Gnaw Marks – You may find wires, cables, nylon bags, or anything made of rubber with gnaw marks. They fairly easily identifiable.

Treatment of Rat Infestation

It should be seen as relatively simple for a professional to clear a rat infestation by using both lethal and non-lethal options such as traps and rodenticide.

However, our ultimate goal is not just to simply remove the current problem but also to provide long term prevention.

As all rodents are highly adaptable creatures this can be a tricky business where a professional will be required. Rats only require a hole around the size of a 50p coin to enter your home and begin destructive behaviour.

One of the most common causes of rat infestations is via a damaged drain. Something which is often overlooked by both drain inspectors and builders alike. As Burnley is one of the old Lancashire mill towns it is full of terraced homes.

Many of these homes will have had their drains altered over the years but much of the drain system is the original 100+ years old. Over time these ceramic drains become misaligned, cracked, or broken allowing rodents to enter from beneath.

Wallace pest control is a proud supporter of the CRRU scheme. This means whilst we do make use of various control methods available to us, we will always use rodenticides responsibility with the welfare of our wildlife in mind.

Call us now if you have seen a rat or think you may have a problem with rats  01282 534189

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Flea Infestation Treatment Burnley

Flea Fumigation Treatment


Many of us have furry friends at home such as dogs and cats, some businesses even have office pets.

At the last count there were around 10.9 Million Pet Cats and 9.9 Million Pet Dogs in the UK.

Unsurprisingly, flea infestations are extremely common.

Thankfully, our Burnley based flea fumigation team use professional treatments with a mixture of ULV treatment for fast acting knockdown combined with residual sprays or insect growth regulators.

Call us now if you think you may have a flea infestation 01282 534189

Signs Of Flea Infestations

Fleas are tiny reddish, brown insects that love to suck blood! They prefer the blood of animals but are not at all discerning if a human is nearby!

Fleas do not have wings but get around using their well developed rear legs, it’s these powerful legs which allow them to hop from pet to carpet to mattress.

A female flea will lay eggs after every single ‘blood meal’. This can mean the addition of up to 300 eggs within a week so its easy to see how a flea infestation can occur in a very short space of time.

There are clear signs to look out for to confirm that your pet has fleas:

  • Excessive scratching or biting at the skin
  • Dry or raw skin
  • Irritated ears
  • Small red sores or scabs
  • “Flea dirt” (dark specs of dried blood)

You may also notice fleabites on yourself or family members, particularly around the lower legs and ankles.

Flea bites on humans are normally clustered and characterised by an itchy bump with a red spot surrounded by red halos.

Flea Fumigation Treatment

Our flea fumigation treatment is so effective that in 90% of cases we will only need to visit you once.

We use a combination of chemical based treatments coming in various formulations for different applications:

  • Wettable Powders
  • Oil In Water Emulsions
  • Micro Encapsulated
  • Dusts
  • Aqueous Suspensions

We also deploy a range of non toxic flea infestation treatments using Steam Treatments and Dessication Powders.

Call us now if you think you may have a flea infestation 01282 534189

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Mouse Pest Control In Burnley

Mouse Control Burnley


They may not have the same reputation as their rat cousins but mice can cause just as many problems in your home and to your health.

Mice have extremely flexible skeletons and can gain access to your property through the tiniest of spaces – they only need a gap of 5mm!

If you see a mouse it is essential that they are removed at the earliest possibility.

As well as causing damage to insulation, pipes and electrical wiring by their constant knawing, mice have also been known to spread diseases such as Salmonella, Listeria and Hantavirus via their urine which they use to mark their territory.

Call us now if you have seen a  mouse or think you may have a problem with mice 01282 534189

Cause of Mouse Infestation

Mice are scavengers and are always on the lookout for warmth, shelter, food and water so will happily build a nest near to a good food source, particularly kitchens or food sources subsequently posing a very serious health risk!

If you see a mouse there is a high chance there will be others.

The most common places for a mouse nest are behind kitchen appliances, behind a heater, inside walls, inside lower kitchen cabinets, lofts and basements.

Signs of Mouse Infestation

Mice will generally keep hidden during the night and come out to play once you’ve gone to bed to search for food.

Other than actually seeing a mouse, some of the more common signs of a mice infestation are:

Mice Droppings: Mice can leave 50 to 80 droppings a night. Each is around 3 – 5 mm in diameter and are dark and moist when new, dry and grey when they get older. Generally found around food sources, inside or on top of cupboards, along skirting – the more you find the closer you are to their nest.

Grease Marks: Mice will keep to the same route from nest to food source, over time grease rubbed from their bodies will start to appear along their regular route caused by their bodies brushing against surfaces.

Scratching Noises: Listen out for different types of noises at night like scratching and steps coming from within walls false ceilings, around cabinets and from lofts or attics.

Strong Smell: Mice urinate a lot and they tend to urinate close to their nest to mark their territory. Mouse urine has a strong ammonia type smell and can linger for a long time.

Treatment of Mouse Infestation

Mice will generally access buildings around ground level (not drains as rats do).

Usually with a mouse treatment we first of all need to establish if it is house mouse or field/wood mouse as the latter cannot be treated using a rodenticide due to the increased chances of them getting back into the natural food chain and potentially causing secondary poisoning.

House mice in particular can be an awful pain and are extremely destructive, particularly if they get into the kitchen.

House mice also have a strong and rather unpleasant odour accompanying them which is usually an obvious indicator as to the type of infestation.

Treatments will often vary depending on the type of property eg terraced vs detached as we will need to access the severity of the infestation and how likely it is coming from an external source or a neighbouring property along with other implications this may involve.

Call us now if you have seen a mouse or think you may have a problem with mice 01282 534189

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Ant Infestation Pest Control In Burnley

Ant Control


The black garden ant is a common sight in many gardens where nests will often form under paving stones, in soil and between brickwork.

Black garden ants are small, wingless with nipped in waists and there may be as many as 15,000 black garden ants in a single colony.

Each colony makes a nest which contains many worker ants – wingless females that cannot lay eggs. There will be one or more larger, egg-laying queen ant which has been fertilised by winged males.

Black ants will venture indoors foraging for food and sugary substances – the nest is their base for breeding and where their foraging expeditions start from.

Ants swarm once a year often in August, the young queens fly away to setup their own colonies. You may have heard of ‘flying ant day‘…

Call us now if you think you may have a problem with ants 01282 534189

Cause of Ant Infestation

As you may expect, with up to 15,000 mouths to feed, ants are on the lookout for a reliable food source.

Ants are attracted to any type of food source so if your kitchen has uncovered or unsealed food in cupboards they will find their way to it.

And once they’ve found their way to a good food source they will leave a trail of pheromone so all their friends can easily get to it too!

But it’s not just food they need, they also need a water source. In addition to quenching their own immediate thirst they will also take water back to their colony to store for future use and just as with the food source, will leave a scent trail to attract other ants.

Signs of an Ant Infestation

Ants – If you start to see ants in the house then they have identified this as a source of food and water and will be scouting and laying trails for other ants to follow.

Ants on exposed food – When an ant infestation is present any exposed food will attract ants fairly quickly. This also applies to unsealed food in cupboards.

Pet Food – It’s not just your food that is attractive to ants. Ants aren’t fussy and will happily help themselves to the family pets food bowl too.

Patio/Paving – If you have patio or paving stones you will see small mounds of dirt or dust piled up around any cracks with lots of ants walking around.

Ant Control Treatment

For common garden ants (Lasius Niger) we would generally apply an insecticide bait which is consumed and then carried back to the nest to be distributed amongst the entire colony.

This is ideally suited to spring time as later in the year ant colonies become very strong and multiple treatments may be required to completely eradicate the issue.

On occasion, we may bait the external of the property only and internally apply an appropriate residual insecticide to act as a band spray. In essence, this creates an impassable barrier to prevent foraging ants causing a nuisance in kitchens and living rooms.

Call us now if you think you may have a problem with ants 01282 534189

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Mole Catching In Burnley

Mole Catching


The first sign of a mole is the dreaded molehill appearing all over your garden, turf, lawn or field. They are very easily established as garden inhabitants due to their ability to tunnel 4 metres an hour creating complex subterranean burrow systems.

If you have a mole come to stay it won’t be long till your garden resembles a lunar landscape, not just causing damage to your lawn but rapidly becoming a trip hazard to humans and pets alike.

Tunneling also damages the roots of plants and flowers and can dig up stones and debris which can damage machinery.

Call us now if you think you may have a problem with moles 01282 534189

Cause of Mole Invasion

If a mole has come to visit it’s for one reason only. Food.

Whether it is a grown mole or a young mole leaving home in search of new territory, if your garden is rich in worms and insects this will be an attractive place for them to start burrowing.

80% of a moles diet is earthworms and due to their high metabolism will feed every 4 to 5 hours and consume up to two-thirds of its body weight each day feeding on the invertebrates that fall into their system of tunnels.

Signs You May Have Moles

The first, and most obvious. sign of a mole in your garden is of course the molehill.  This is simply the excavated soil thrown up onto the surfaces of lawns.

As moles can burrow up to 4 metres an hour they quickly mount up building up to six new molehills in 24 hours.

A mole tunnelling through the soil can also show signs of disturbance to roots of seedlings and other small plants and vegetable plots.

Call us now if you think you may have a problem with moles 01282 534189

Mole Control Treatment

Wallace Pest Control is a long time member of the Guild of British Molecatchers.

This is one of the only organisations providing nationally recognised training and certification for the traditional mole control methods. The aim of the guild is to promote ethical and environmentally sustainable mole control methods.

This benefits the nation as we support our farmers.

Moles are not simply an unsightly inconvenience, they can literally be a death trap for livestock due to shallow tunnels near the surface causing serious injury.

Moles also contaminate grassland intended for feeding livestock through soilborne bacteria such as listeria.

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If you live in Burnley and have a pest issue that needs professional treatment Contact us now or call us on 07443 052851 and our experienced friendly team will offer advice and provide an effective solution.

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