Your trusted family business since 1988

Latest News

Hullternatives – 30th Anniversary – 1988-2018

When Andrew & Peter started out their Pest control business back in 1988 they had no idea what the future would hold and could only dream that they would still be running 30 years on.


From setting up at home working from the garage with their wives answering the calls to 30 years later with a fully working office and 11 staff.


After 30 years of hard work, dedication, Hullternative is still going strong, and now the next generation of the family, Natalie, Andrews Daughter and Martin, Peters son are working hard to hopefully continue the success of their fathers and continue to take the business from strength to strength for another 30 years and more.


Andrew and Peter built the service around trust, reliability and sensible prices, which is the same today as it was in 1988. Others have come and gone, so they must be doing something right!”


As they celebrate their 30 years Andrew and Peter look back on how things have changed.


“We started from scratch. Today, we have 11 employees and a fleet of vans. We still deal with wasps, ants, rats, mice and other pests for both domestic and commercial customers, but we now provide grounds maintenance and washroom supplies for some of our corporate customers. It gives them a one-stop shop that they know they can trust.”


“30 years gives us experience and knowledge. What gives us the edge is that we constantly look for new ideas and keep up to date with changes.”


“One thing for sure is we wouldn’t be where we are today without the hard work from all our staff, continued support from all of our customers new and old, and even the suppliers whom continue to support us year in year out and for that we are truly grateful”


Even as they take a moment to look back, Hullternative are facing the future with confidence. 30 years is a great achievement.

The directors and staff celebrated the special occasion with a party and awards ceremony back in November. Thank you to everyone that joined us for this special occasion.

Wasps Vs Bees: What is the Difference?

As the temperatures are getting warmer and the summer approaches, the wasp season begins to creep in. Depending on weather conditions, the wasp season can stretch from the beginning of May to late October. With there being a number of different species of both wasps and bees, it can be easy to get them confused.

The Anatomy

It can be difficult to distinguish between bees and wasps, but there are some tell-tales signs that can help you to easily identify the differences.

Long thin legs

Information on Wasps

Once hibernation has finished during early summer, young queens will search for a suitable nesting place in spaces such as sheds, roof voids, lofts and bird boxes. Once a suitable area has been found, the queen will then start to construct a basic wood fibre nest for her to lay her eggs.

Due to the queen storing sperm inside over the winter, she is able to lay a considerable amount of fertilised eggs, meaning the queen can produce a whole colony on her own. Once enough sterile female workers have been raised, the queen will leave them to maintain the offspring. All eggs produced are female and these will construct a more detailed nest as they grow.

A Wasps Nest Removed from a Customer’s Loft

nest

This nest will continue to grow and will act as a home to several hundreds and thousands of wasps at one time.

If you think you have a wasps nest, call our team today on 0121 351 5598 for a reliable, fast and friendly service.

Image sources:

Wikipedia: Halictidae

Wikipedia: Asian Predatory Wasp

 

Wasp Invasions in the UK – What You Need to Know

Imagine your home being invaded by wasps in their thousands – well, this is what happened to a family in the UK. According to John Birkett, a pest controller in the area, the colony of wasps looked like a scene from Hitchcock movie of the 1960s. The family made a call to the pest controller and informed him of their find. The bed in their spare bedroom had apparently become a breeding ground for wasps; a portion of the bedding had already been devoured. Continue reading