Top tips to avoid pests in your workplace

As one of London’s most reputable pest controllers, we’ve come across many workplaces that suffer from a number of pests all year round, from a summertime plague of flies, to a winter invasion of spiders. Although a lot of pests are largely harmless, there are some that pose a health risk, especially if your workplace contains areas for food preparation and consumption. But you don’t have to work in a restaurant for your workplace to suffer from infestations; offices are often a breeding ground for rodents, as are high-traffic locations such as public buildings like schools, hospitals and shopping centres.

The most common culprits in workplaces tend to be rats, mice, cockroaches, ants and flies – all of which are attracted by easy access to foodstuffs, waste and water. We’ve put together a few handy tips for best practice workplace pest control, to help keep your workday pest-free.

  1. Keep catering & eating areas clean and tidy
  2. Store food in cupboards and sealed containers to prevent attracting pests
  3. Clean up any spills or mess immediately
  4. Employ a professional cleaning service if necessary, to regularly clean the entire workplace
  5. Encourage staff to keep their workstations/desks clean and tidy and to not store food in drawers
  6. Provide waste bins with secure lids and empty daily
  7. Establish hygiene guidelines and implement them, making sure all staff are fully briefed
  8. Install regular maintenance checks, especially for older buildings as gaps, holes and crevices give access to numerous pests, such as mice and cockroaches

Although there are some DIY treatments available to treat pests, infestations in the workplace are a serious matter and are often best left to the professionals, due to the scale and severity of consequences should the pests be left unchecked.

If you’re having trouble with pests at your workplace – that aren’t your colleagues – just get in touch with us today. Call 020 8430 4133 or email

How to get rid of spiders

Spider season is officially here! As temperatures drop and autumn begins, so does the spider mating season, causing them to emerge from the corners and crevices of our home as they seek out a mate in late August to September.

But, before we reveal how to get rid of spiders, there are a few things that you should know about these eight-legged house invaders.

Spiders aren’t insects

Spiders aren’t actually insects; they’re part of a group called arachnids, which all have eight legs, two body segments and an ability to strike fear into the hearts of many! There are approximately 650 species of spiders in the UK and some of the most common spiders in the UK include: common house spider, labyrinth spider, false widow spider, money spider and cellar spiders (a.k.a daddy longlegs).

Spiders are nature’s pest controllers

Spiders are predators and most species eat insects – either live prey, or prey that they’ve recently killed. The most common choice of weapon? A spider’s web. Web-building spiders weave incredible constructions made from silvery silk which trap insects such as flies, mosquitoes, and clothes moths.

Most spiders are harmless

The majority of spiders found in the UK are not dangerous. Although some spiders might bite if provoked, most spider bites will not cause a reaction or have a significant effect on people. The bite of a tiny number of species, such as the false widow and yellow sac spider which are both rare, may be painful and cause swelling, redness and in extreme cases, vomiting and nausea.

However, despite being largely harmless, spiders are the root of one of the most prevalent phobias in the world – arachnophobia, which can cause significant distress for its sufferers.

How to get rid of spiders

As most spiders don’t pose a danger to people, the best advice is to simply leave them alone or to catch them using the glass-and-piece-of-paper-method, before releasing outside. However, for many people with a fear of spiders, this isn’t an option! And, despite not being dangerous, spiders can be a nuisance, especially if they breed and multiply. Spiders can attach egg sacs containing hundreds – or thousands – of eggs to furniture or somewhere in your home, which will eventually hatch into hundreds of baby spiders.

Many homeowners would prefer not to share their space with spiders, and there are some home remedies which have been proven to deter the odd spider or three.

  • Spray the corners and crevices with a mixture of water and peppermint, a mixture of water and lavender or a mixture of water and eucalyptus oil
  • Patch up any cracks, holes or gaps to stop spiders from sneaking in
  • Declutter regularly and keep your house clean to minimise hiding spaces

However, if you have a serious spider infestation, these home remedies might not work as effectively as you’d like them to. To give you the peace of mind that you won’t have spiders scuttling across your walls and floors, it’s worth calling in the professionals. Armed with the appropriate equipment, specialist insecticides and skills, pest controllers offer a range of suitable solutions for treatment.

Find out more about how we can help you to get rid of spiders in your home here, or just get in touch with us: 0208 430 4133 or email

Hello, welcome to our new website!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new website! As part of a programme of rejuvenation, which has included a revamp of our printed collateral and promotional materials, we made the decision to propel London Network for Pest Solutions (LNPS) into the 21st century with a fully responsive website, with easy-to-navigate functionality.

The aim for our website is to provide you, our customers, with a simple way to discover what services we offer and how we can help to keep you pest-free! Opting for a personalised Wordpress site, we’ve taken great care to ensure that it accurately reflects our core ethos of professionalism and expertise, by sharing advice, our history and the accreditations and qualifications that makes LNPS uniquely qualified to effectively solve most pest infestations.

As well as strengthening our online presence by maintaining consistent branding throughout, we’ve rethought website structure, accessibility and compatibility with mobile devices to allow you to keep in touch while on the move.

Take a tour of our new website:

Our News & Blog section will be regularly updated with the latest company developments, industry news and tips ‘n’ tricks to keep you pest-free.

Paul Cooper, Managing Director of LNPS says, “We are excited by the look and feel of our new website. It makes a huge difference for all our website visitors. It gives LNPS a stylish and professional look and makes us stand out from our competitors across the market.”

The outlook of our website may have changed, but LNPS’s commitment to high quality service is exactly the same. We look forward to seeing all the great opportunities our new website will bring.

Follow our brand-new social media – we are on Twitter and Facebook – to keep up-to-date with the latest news from London Network for Pest Solutions.