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Speedy Pest Control is a UK based group of pest controllers providing first class pest management services to residential and commercial clients in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Leeds and Manchester.

Over the years, we have built up a dedicated team of technicians, who are based all over the UK. All of our technicians are certified by the British Pest Control Association and have a wealth of experience carrying out both domestic and commercial pest control. Whatever type of pest you are dealing with in your home, business, office building & restaurant. Speedy Pest Control will find a fast and effective solution to meet your needs.

The Most Common Pests in the UK



So what are the pests that can come into your house or business and set up their own home? And importantly, what makes them pests?

Black Garden Ant

At 3mm to 5mm in length, this ant is the most common pest to invade households in the UK. They aren’t dangerous to humans but can be a nuisance and unpleasant if an infestation occurs.

German Cockroach

Cockroaches are carriers of pathogens that cause salmonella, E Coli and Typhus, so it’s particularly important for food service businesses to control them. Look out for cylindrical shaped droppings, shed skins, and the noise of them scuttling around.


These are blood sucking insects and carriers of disease. The risk of a serious illness like malaria or yellow fever is non-existent in the UK but the irritation caused is still reason to control them.


Wasps are the pests of the summer! They hurt when they sting and they can be a real nuisance. If you find a nest near your home or business, we can safely remove it.


Rats can be carriers of disease if they live in dirty environments. They find their way in buildings easily, through cavity walls and gaps, causing a fright for the inhabitants as well as the risk of contamination.


The removal of silverfish infestations can be difficult and they reproduce rapidly. They like to live in dark, damp places, so a dehumidifier is a good way to prevent them. Also keep flour products wrapped, as that’s their main food source.


While UK varieties do not pose threats to humans, many simply cause upset when they’re found inside homes. They can bite too. They usually come indoors in Autumn to find a warm, dry place for the winter. So this is the time to make sure you hover and clean in all corners of your house.


This is another pest that we’re fortunate not to have poisonous ones of in the UK, but can cause distress. There’s also the risk of escaped exotic pets! They can be found in gardens but it’s illegal to kills snakes in the UK.


As well as being a nuisance, flies can contaminate food because of their own eating habits, which includes vomiting on and stamping on your food. DIY pest control is easy with flies, but an infestation requires the professionals.


The larvae from eggs of moths are what causes the damage to your clothing and other fabric in your home. Moths can lay up to 300 eggs during their lifetime, so an infestation needs to be acted upon quickly.

Bed bugs

Mostly found in high-occupancy buildings such as hospitals, bed bugs cause irritation by feeding on the blood of humans, mainly when they’re sleeping. Washing bedding won’t be enough to get rid of them – mattresses also need looking at too, so infestations usually require professionals. It has been known for whole blocks of flats to be infected at once.

Field ant

Ants come into your home looking for food, particularly sweet, sticky food. So always clear up at mealtimes to prevent them. You might also find a nest in your garden, which can be disfiguring.


These are irritating as they bite their host to feed on their blood – whether that’s a human, dog, cat or bird. Keep a check on your pets for signs of itching and make sure to regularly wash their bedding and vacuum.


These not only cause a fright for home owners, they can cause damage by nibbling cables, which is costly but also a fire hazard. Mice breed rapidly, so if you can hear them or find mice droppings, it’s wise to look into control solutions.

Garden Mole

Moles can ruin gardens by popping up to the surface and leaving their tell-tale mound behind. They’re a particular nuisance to farmers as they can burrow through crops. A variety of methods can be deployed to deter or get rid of moles.

Stored Product Insects

SPIs, such as beetles, weevils, silverfish and moths, infest dry stored food, so they can pose a risk to food service business as well as spoil food in homes. Also make sure your food is covered to prevent them.

The importance of effective pest control

Pests like rodents, cockroaches, birds and insects cannot only be a nuisance but a major health risk to home & business owners, office buildings, hospitals, restaurants & other commercial facilities . Yes, unfortunately, many of these creatures are disease carriers, which can be passed onto you, your family, your customers or your employees. To maintain high levels of health and safety, it is therefore extremely important that pests are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

While there are many do it yourself pest control treatments and solutions on the market, they are not always the easiest to administer. This is why so many people turn to experts like Speedy Pest Control, to carry out the job on their behalf. Working with an experienced pest control company will save you time, money and stress. It’ll also ensure that the job is carried out to the highest standards so you can have full peace of mind in the knowledge that your pests are gone for good!

UK pest control

Speedy Pest Control started out by providing high-quality pest control in Glasgow and Edinburgh. However, after much success and seeing an increase in demand for pest control work, Speedy Pest Control now provides affordable and effective pest prevention, management and control services to clients all over the country, including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London.

Our team of dedicated pest control experts have excellent local knowledge, which they put to effective use in finding the best solution to prevent and remove pests. They have years of experience in domestic pest related work, as well as commercial pest control and are therefore well-equipped to handle any task with ease.

Domestic pest control

Speedy Pest Control has a wealth of experience providing domestic pest control services in Edinburgh, Glasgow and throughout the UK.

No job is too big, small, simple or complex for our team of BPCA qualified technicians. In the past, we have prevented and removed pests in all sorts of home environments. We have worked in houses, flats, annexes and apartments, so you can be rest assured that we’re the best team for the job.

Commercial Pest Control

Glasgow, Edinburgh and UK businesses can benefit from our first class commercial pest control management. We have experience working with businesses from many sectors, these include:

All of our qualified pest control technicians have great knowledge of the businesses that operate within these sectors. This allows us to provide solutions that meet your needs and ensure you maintain a good reputation.

In addition to this, our UK pest control experts can help you to achieve full compliance with industry regulations and legislation, such as the Health & Safety at Work Act.

So whatever industry you work in and whatever type of pest you’re dealing with, Speedy Pest Control is your one-stop-shop for successful pest control solutions.

How Speedy Pest Control works

Here at Speedy Pest Control, we firmly believe that pest prevention is always the best solution. After all, taking a preventative approach to managing pests will save you no end of time, money and distress in the future.

There are a number of methods to prevent pests from entering and staying in your premises such as:

  • Keeping your property clean
  • Maintaining your building
  • Disposing of refuse and debris quickly
  • Covering up / sealing food
  • Picking up pet food
  • Feeding birds in specially-designed feeders
  • Regularly trimming your lawn

Whether you work in retail, hospitality, food manufacturing or any other industry, our pest control experts are more than happy to assist you with effective pest prevention solutions. This involves monitoring your premises and implementing environmentally friendly solutions to keep pests away for good.

Identifying a pest infestation

We also advise you to keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your home or business that could be a sign of a pest infestation. If you notice droppings, insect carcases, strange noises or property damage, it could be a sign that pests are present. If this is the case, you will need to act fast to prevent the infestation from escalating. Simply contact our pest control experts and we’ll arrange for a team member to assess the situation.

Pest audit

Our first step is to inspect your premises, so we can confirm whether or not you have a pest infestation and to identify the pest that is present in your building. This will involve auditing your premises and looking for signs of pest activity.

Pest control solutions

If pests are found our BPCA, qualified technicians will discuss your options for removing them safely. We use humane (wherever possible) and environmentally responsible pest control solutions and will always ensure that those living or working in your building are 100% safe at all times.

Implementation of pest control

Once you have agreed on a pest control solution with our technicians, we will then carry out the treatment, ensuring the pests are removed from your premises for good. The time this takes will depend on the pest, the size of the infestation and the pest control method chosen. We do however aim to provide a quick turnaround time on all pest control jobs, preventing disruption to you, your family or your workers.

Pest monitoring

Our aim is to achieve 100% client satisfaction on all pest control work we carry out. This is why a monitoring service is offered as part of our pest control packages. Our pest control experts will continue to monitor your premises to ensure that the pests do not return and no new infestations occur. This gives clients full peace of mind and belief they are once again living or working in a pest-free home or business.

The pests we control

Name a pest and we guarantee that we provide prevention or control solution to deal with it effectively. Some of the most common UK pests we control include wasps (accounting for 25% of the summer market), bed bugs, cockroaches, rodents (accounting for 60% of the market) and birds.

Whilst some of these pests are more harmful than others, it is recommended that you have them removed safely by our pest control experts, to prevent any possible health risks or damage to your property.

Speedy Pest Control – why choose us?

Here are some of the qualities that make us special and separate us from our competition.

Low cost and effective pest control – You shouldn’t have to spend an excessive amount to remove unwanted pests. We provide affordable solutions that fit within your budget.

BPCA accredited – Speedy Pest Control’s technicians are all accredited by the BPCA (British Pest Control Association). This gives customers assurance that they are qualified to perform the job to a high standard.

Bespoke pest control solutions – We don’t believe in one size fits all solutions, instead choosing to tailor our pest control to each pest and the environment.

Speedy response – We understand that having pests can be incredibly distressing and disruptive. This is why we aim to provide a speedy (hence the company name!) response service that offers a quick turnaround on all pest control tasks.

Receive a Quotation

Have a browse of our website to learn more about our range of services and the types of pests we deal with. Call us today on 0800 690 6920, alternatively complete our online form to get a no obligation quote.

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Just 3 Easy Steps to a Pest Free Home

Step 1

Free Inspection

Step 2


Step 3

Pest Treatment

After the initial service is complete, we can return to your home every quarter to reapply the outside barrier. On your quarterly visit, we will exclusively be treating a four to five foot area around the perimeter of your home. Notification will be left on your front door to let you know your protection has been renewed.

We are confident that we provide the most reliable pest control. If you do experience a problem inside your home that needs to be addressed, we will gladly provide an inside service at your convenience.


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