Author Archives: Bill Field

I have caught many things around, on or in a chicken coup but this little cormorant has to be the most unusual. Not sure why it choose to roost there and certainly the chickens did not seem bothered by it. Now I know in many situations these little “Scallies” are considered a pest (and rightly so around managed fisheries) but with no lawful reason or licence to take this bird it was very fortunate to be returned. I do not think it could believe it’s luck, particularly after taking a liking to my finger!

Wasps and Rodents, still busy.

This busy summer just keeps going, wasps, rats, fleas, ants and the occasional mole job make it the busiest I have known in well over ten years. Literally coming in having something to eat, a cup of tea and out again. If you are experiencing any of the pests species mentioned or indeed any others and live in the Peterborough, Stamford, Oundle, Rutland or East Northants areas, give Fieldkraft a call. A local pest control company for all your pest problems.

Wasps & Rats

The busiest wasp season for a good few years just keeps going and the long range weather forecast indicates that it is likely to continue for a good while yet. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that many nests are going through their life cycle several weeks earlier than normal but there is certainly no shortage. What has come to light over the last week or two is the sudden upturn in rat jobs in residential areas. My best guess on this unseasonally high number of reports, is that with the on-going high temperatures and lack of rain that there is a shortage of natural food out there already and that the rats are having to move toward human habitation earlier than usual. If this continues I am expecting a record number of calls for rats during the second half of the year.

Wasps

We are rapidly approaching the time of year when wasps have the potential to be a pest. If you require a professional service to remove this problem for you, you need look no further than Fieldkraft. We are happy to give advice over the phone and conduct treatments at short notice, outside normal working hours. If you live in Stamford, Rutland, Oundle, Corby or East Northamptonshire give Fieldkraft a call. Fieldkraft offers a wide range of Domestic, Commercial, Agricultural pest control and wildlife management services.

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We are not used to long cold winters but the belated arrival of spring seems to have lead to an explosion of activity within the natural world. Queen wasps are numerous and are busily trying to catch up. Ants too are very active and I have had several calls already. Calls regarding rats are still coming in but do appear to have slowed a little, whilst for the first time in a number of years there appears to an obvious upturn in the rabbit population.
As the land starts to dry out a little moles are also returning to land which up until very recently was water logged, this could prove troublesome to farmers who are looking to exploit early silage crops.
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Rats

The cold weather we recently experienced has forced rats to search a wider area for food. and new, warmer locations to live. I even had an issue with them trying to relocate to one of my sheds (not a wise move.) Obviously during extreme spells of weather these rodents have to try and exploit every food opportunity that presents itself to them. People keen to ensure the birds in their garden are able to make it through the harsh conditions tend to to over feed the birds, this offers a feast rats can hardly be expected to over look. Now we are through the worst of it I would advise that when you have the time you check all sheds, outbuildings, compost areas/bins and pet/ livestock housing and food storage areas to make sure you do not have any unwanted guests. If you find that you do and the problem is not one you feel comfortable dealing with, just pick up the phone.

Update

After what was by all accounts a very slow wasp season we appear to be in full swing with the rodent invaders. Although the relative mild weather saw a slow rise in reported rat problems, the more recent cool weather has seen a noticeable increase. Moles can be a year round problem but having had a relatively dry period they had been forced down or to areas that drain less freely to find their food. Again the recent rains have seen an upturn in local activity. Rabbit haemorrhagic disease has decimated rabbit numbers over the last five years or so, requests for that type of control work have almost been non existent until this year. Numbers do seem to be increasing albeit slowly and I do wonder if we are witnessing some kind of natural resistance starting to appear and spread? As with all viruses I am sure there are many different strains that continue to evolve and develop and as a result there will be localised peaks and troughs in rabbit populations. Meanwhile can anyone ever remember seeing so many Grey Squirrels? I am currently awaiting a further development of a particular trap which I believe could provide some much needed assistance in the control of this particular pest.

Spring 2017

The cool weather through April has seen a slow start to the “insect season.” The late frosts will almost certainly have had an impact on Queen wasps and up to now ants have not been as active as you would normally expect. Two weeks ago I relocated my first bee swarm of the year and I have another to look at this week but other than that these beneficial insects have also been slow out of the blocks. Despite the cold and dry weather moles have kept me very busy and our routine gull work has kept us ticking over. I also had a rabbit job which is the first of the year, rabbits have been low on my list of problem species over the last five years due to the severe effects of RHD. This spring though I have seen more rabbits in our general area than I have in those previous five years.