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Garden And Greenhouse Pest Control

All gardeners will require some type of Pest Control throughout the year, whether to prevent animals from damaging your plants, reacting to insect attack or preventing diseases within a greenhouse or polytunnel. We stock a wide range of pest control products enabling you to select the exact product for your plants requirements.

Ultrasonic Pest Control
Ultrasonic Pest Controls (also known as Ultrasonic Pest Repellers) are the easy, low maintenance, harmless, clean, echo-friendly, chemical free way of keeping pests from your garden. These ultrasonic devices work by emitting short wavelength, high frequency sound waves that are too high in pitch to be heard by the human ear but which some animals can hear and find so unpleasant that it deters them from coming into your garden.

These Ultrasonic Pest Controls are often small boxes which are either battery powered or plugged into an electrical outlet. Some incorporate a PIR (Passive Infra Red) motion sensor which turns the device on when a body enters the controlled area. Not only does this save on the battery life, it also means that as animals associate the noise with their movement they are less likely to stop being afraid of the noise.

When selecting the correct Ultrasonic Pest Controller consider the range of the repeller, whether it incorporates a motion sensor and how it is powered - devices that are battery powered are very straight forward to install in your garden as they don't need to be plugged in. However, if you're using a repeller on a permanent basis and don't want the hassle of replacing the batteries, then a unit you can plug into your electric supply might be a better option.

Electronic Pest Control
Electronic pest control is the name given to the use of electrically powered devices designed to repel or eliminate pests. There are basically two types of electronic pest control devices - Ultrasonic and Electromagnetic - we stock Ultrasonic pest controls.

Ultrasonic pest control devices operate by emitting short wavelength, high frequency sound waves that are too high in pitch to be heard by the human ear but that will deter pests from entering your garden. This makes these electronic pest controllers a chemically free alternative to most forms of pest control, making them safe to use around children or pets. Rather than killing the pest, the electronic pest control is designed to repel the pest from the area it is controlling.

Animal Pest Control
Animals can do untold damage in your garden, some of the worst offenders can be our pets (cats and dogs) as well as rodents such as moles or squirrels, rabbits, hares, foxes, badgers and deer. Dogs can be a problem as they like to dig - regardless of what's in their way - as well as marking their territory. If stray dogs are coming into your garden, use a fence to prevent them or an ultrasonic pest controller to deter them from your garden. In a similar way to dogs, cats can also be a problem - again the solution is to use an ultrasonic pest controller to deter them from your garden and ensure animal pest control.

Rabbits and hares can do a lot of damage in your garden as they eat their way through it - again, they can be deterred with an electronic pest controller. Rabbits will also be deterred if you use raised beds - a raise bed 18-24" high will make it more difficult for rabbits to get into your garden. Garden netting is also a good idea - simply drape over vegetable plants to protect them.

Although small and living underground, moles are probably the worst culprits for causing damage in your garden. Whilst they don't eat your plants, they construct maze-like tunnels underground, pushing earth up above ground. They don't only make a mess of your garden, they can affect the health of your plants as their roots can end up dangling in air in a tunnel rather than being in the soil. Again, an ultrasonic pest control should get moles to leave your garden and new ones will be deterred from entering.

Squirrels can become a pest within your garden if you live near woods or in a rural area. This can be a problem as squirrels will eat any berries, apples, apricots and other fruits that they want. Walls or fences are no defence against squirrels, so if you want a humane way of keeping them out of your garden use an ultrasonic animal pest controller set to a frequency they dislike.

Fly Pest Control
Greenhouses are the perfect place for pests and diseases to thrive - greenhouses not only provide shelter from the weather, they also tend to be warm and humid which produce the perfect conditions for pests to multiply. One of the most common insects to flourish in the warm, humid conditions within your greenhouse are aphids.

Aphids are sap-sucking insects that feed on foliage, flowers and stems - with some aphids even sucking sap from the roots of the plants. The most common aphids to be found in your greenhouse are greenfly and blackfly. Aphid infestations are simple to identify - you'll find them living around shoot tips, flower buds and on the underside of young leaves. Aphids cause stunted growth, with plants leaves being curled or distorted, weakening the plants. Some aphids can transmit plant virus diseases as they move from one plant to another - this can be a particular fly pest control problem when growing soft fruits - strawberries and raspberries - as well as some vegetable crops - tomatoes, cucumbers and other members of the marrow family. Aphids also excrete a liquid known as honeydew, which attracts ants. Ants and aphids will transfer diseases between plants inside and outside the greenhouse.

There are a few simple ways in which you can reduce the chance of aphid damage within your greenhouse. Keeping your greenhouse clean and free of diseased plants is simple to do. The next thing you can do is use a Suplur Candle to kill any pests in any nooks and crannies. You can also use Sticky Traps all year round in your greenhouse - these will not only catch flying insects, they will also show you what pests are resident in your greenhouse. You can also reduce the chance of flying insects by fitting Mesh to opening windows and a Fly Pest Control Screen to the door.

Fumigation Pest Control
Fumigation pest control is important as Pests and diseases can thrive and multiply in the warmth and shelter of a greenhouse, and once established, may be difficult to eradicate. The key to avoiding pests and diseases is to maintain a clean, tidy greenhouse and keep a sharp eye out for problems so that you can deal with outbreaks whilst still in their early stages.
An annual clean will help to control pests and diseases. Ideally clean your greenhouse before spring sowing - whilst the greenhouse is at its emptiest and this will remove any over-wintering pests and diseases. If you reuse compost / soil from the previous year, then you may wish to consider sterilizing the compost before you use it again. A Soil Sterilizer will kill off any insect eggs in the compost.
To ensure your greenhouse is free of pests, once you've cleaned your greenhouse and before putting your plants back inside, use a Sulphur Candle to fumigate the area. The smoke of the candle will fill the greenhouse getting into nook and cranny, killing any pests and fungal spores on any exposed greenhouse surface - this is known as fumigation pest control. If you've had problems with pests or diseases in previous years you might want to install a Hotbox Sulfume within your greenhouse. This will enable you to regularly fumigate your greenhouse, keeping it pest free all year round.
Fungal Disease Control
You might think that the closed environment of a greenhouse would be protective - keeping plants pest and disease free. However, this same closed environment will trap pests and disease inside and provide them with the warm, humid conditions in which they thrive. Diseases common within the warm, humid atmosphere of a greenhouse include damping off, black root rot, mildew and botrytis.

The easiest way to help prevent diseases and aid pest control in your greenhouse it to keep it clean. Ideally clean and disinfect your greenhouse at least twice a year - once in the spring before you start sowing seeds and once in the autumn ahead of bringing in your tender plants. You might also want to fumigate your greenhouse - this is made easy by using a Sulphur Candle for example. Once your greenhouse is clean prevent the re-introduction of problems by checking any plants for pests or diseases before bringing them into the greenhouse.

One of the most common fungal diseases is damping off. Damping off can cause seeds to rot before seedlings emerge. The most visible sign of damping off is stem-rot - this occurs as the point where the stem leaves the compost and causes the seedlings to topple over. The most common reason for damping off is poorly drained compost. Damping off will kill young seedlings and will rot the roots of older seedlings and cause stunted growth. Try to use free draining compost to aid fungal disease control If the compost you're using tends to stay wet and soggy, you can improve drainage by adding up to 50% grit or perlite. When sowing your seeds, instead of covering them with compost cover with grit or vermiculite. You can also help to prevent damping off by watering from below rather than above - place pots or trays on water matting is the most efficient way of watering from below.

Insect Pest Control
Common insects that flourish in the warm, humid conditions within your greenhouse include aphids, thrips, red spider mite and mealy bugs. There are several simple insect pest control measures which you can carry out to reduce the chances of insect infestations in your greenhouse. One of the simplest is to keep the greenhouse clean - keep pots and trays washed and clean, clean pruning tools with disinfectant and keep tools free off compost or soil by cleaning after use.

An effective and easy method of insect pest control in your greenhouse is to use sticky traps. The bright yellow colour of these non-toxic sticky traps attract flying pests such as whitefly, aphids, thrips, midges, leaf miners and hoppers, mites and fungus gnats. As well as catching flying insects, these also show you what insects are causing problems.

To reduce the risk of plants in your greenhouse being affected by pests, keep a regular check on your plants. Lift the leaves and check underneath them for signs of insects laying eggs. If plants already seem to be diseased as a result of insect or aphid infestation, consider removing the badly affected plants from the greenhouse so they can't contaminate your healthy plants. Also, check new plants for pests before you put them inside your greenhouse - a precautionary pest control.

Mole Pest Control
Moles can be very unwelcome in gardens, disrupting lawns and flower borders. Tha's why at Two Wests & Elliott we stock a fantastic range of Mole Pest Control Equipment. Living almost exclusively underground, moles can cause damage in two ways - visible damage and non-visible damage.
Visible damage includes such things as molehills and surface tunnelling. Molehills are the result of the mole tunnel deep underground (between 10-40cm below the surface), the hills being formed from the soil cleared by the moles as they dig. Surface tunnelling is caused by moles as the dig just below the surface of the soil in search of food - the visible evidence of surface tunnelling are raised ridges in a lawn or flower bed.

Non-visible damage is caused by the tunnels made deep in the ground by moles. Moles can tunnel 3-5 metres per hour and their tunnels can be several hundred metres long. You may only become aware of the significance of these tunnels when soil in your garden starts to sink or you get large hollow areas in your lawn.
Take a look at our Mole Pest Control Equipment today.

Outdoor Pest Control
Outdoor Pest Control are available to deter a range of pests from your garden - for example birds, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs, moles, squirrels, badgers, foxes, deer etc. We only stock chemical free pest controls which are safe to use around children and pets. By preventing the pest getting in your garden or to your plants can be achieved using various methods - you can exclude deer and rabbits from your garden using fencing or Fruit Cages. You can keep cabbage moths from laying eggs by covering cabbage plants with a very fine mesh, such as our Enviromesh - in-fact any plant that is attractive to pests and does not need insect pollination can be treated this way.

When using ultrasonic pest repellers, before setting up ensure that you have read all the instructions - the pest controllers are highly effective but only if placed at the correct height and facing the correct direction for the pests you wish to deter - poor placement of the outdoor pest controllers will seriously affect their performance. All the ultrasonic products which we supply are easily attached to a wall and fence - simply select the product based on what you want to deter and the area you need to cover.

Pest Control Spares
This range of pest control spares for our pest control equipment means that you can ensure you get years and years of efficient service from the products you buy.
Slug Control
Slugs and snails can wreak havoc in your garden - munching their way through plants, seedlings and vegetable crops - in fact, the common Garden Snail can consume a large cabbage in just 2 hours! Slugs will eat their way through leaves, stems, roots, tubers, corms and bulbs. Slugs regularly attack hostas, delphiniums, dahlias, gerberas, sweet peas and tulips.

Slugs leave telltale signs in your garden - they leave behind slime trails which you'll see as a silvery deposit on leaves and stems. They also create irregular holes in plant tissue as they eat - with young seedlings the slugs will eat the complete seedlings, leaving nothing behind. Some slugs - such as the black keeled slugs - live underground so you'll only see the damage they cause when you lift potato or bulbs when you'll see they have been eaten into.

Slug activity is at its highest in the spring and autumn and the reason you see more slugs about when it's dark or wet is because they need to keep moist at all times otherwise they will dehydrate and die. This means that slug damage is at its most severe, and pest control needed the most, during warm humid periods.

Slugs are so abundant in gardens that you can often not eradicate them completely, and you have to concentrate on protecting more vulnerable plants - such as seedlings or soft young shoots. To help you control slugs problems, we stock products which enable organic control of slugs and snails - so nothing that would harm wildlife or your pets.

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