Managing and Controlling Pests in Properties throughout Southampton, Hampshire

Whether you are facing moles digging up parts of your garden or rats contaminating your kitchen, call the experts. At Malum Integrated Pest Management, in Southampton, Hampshire, we deliver effective and meticulous solutions in domestic and commercial properties. Our pest management and control services are tailored to meet your needs and achieve the best results for you.


The presence of mice in your home or business can be very distressing. Sharing your home or place of work with mice is unhygienic, unappealing, and unsavoury considering their habits and behaviours, and the fact that they cannot hold their bladders and urinate frequently while walking along surfaces. To identify a mouse problem, you should look out for:

  • Droppings - Often black, rod-shaped, and 3mm to 6mm long.
  • Gnawing - Mice gnaw continually on materials such as wood, carpets, paper, pipe cables, and furniture.
  • Nests - Sometimes nests can be found indoors, for example, in lofts, under floorboards, or in airing cupboards.
  • Smear Marks - Smear marks are caused by grease from the rodents’ fur.

Mice have been known to spread some nasty diseases to humans, such as salmonella and listeria, which can cause food poisoning. These nibbling nuisances have a compulsive need to gnaw in order to keep their incisor teeth worn down to a constant length. Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging, and woodwork may all be seriously damaged by mice, and many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them. Mice can also ruin an organisation's reputation. If clients and customers spot evidence of rodent infestation in the premises you manage, they are unlikely to want to do business with you.


The presence of rats in your home or business can be very distressing, while it is also extremely unhygienic. Like mice, they have many unsavoury habits, and they are frequently associated with dirty and grimy places.

Information on Rats

  • Rats carry many nasty diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine, including leptospirosis, salmonella, and listeria.
  • Rats can inflict a great amount of structural damage. They can cause serious fires by gnawing away the insulation around electrical cables; floods by puncturing pipes; and even death by chewing through gas pipes. The insurance sector has estimated that rodent damage to wiring is responsible for 25% of all electrical fires in buildings.
  • Rats can ruin an organisation's reputation. If clients and customers spot evidence of rodent infestation in the premises you manage, they are unlikely to want to do business with you.
  • Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent-free.

Garden Ants and Black Ants

These common insects are found throughout the United Kingdom. Foraging ants will explore the areas around their nest and, once a food source is identified, they will communicate to the others where it is located. A pathway is soon established and large numbers of ants may follow this trail.

In a commercial environment, this can cause distress to customers and also creates the risk of foodstuffs being contaminated. During the summer, when weather conditions are suitable, vast numbers of flying ants erupt from the nests simultaneously, generally in the afternoon. Mating takes place in the air and the female then seeks out a nest site where she stays for the winter, laying eggs the following spring in order to start up a new colony.

Tropical Ants

A number of tropical ant species can be found living indoors, usually in commercial buildings in the United Kingdom. They include pharaoh ants, Roger’s ants, and Argentine ants. These insects are much smaller than the more common garden ants, and are typically 1.5mm to 2mm in length. Malum provides specialist treatments for all species.


The most common species of flea is the cat flea, known for readily biting humans. The bird flea is next in importance. Adult fleas average 2mm in size and are wingless insects with flattened and red-brown bodies and backwardly directed spines and legs designed for jumping. All adult fleas are parasitic on warm-blooded animals. The females lay their eggs after feeding on the infested animal. Female fleas can live up to two years, during which time they can lay up to 1000 eggs. The eggs drop onto the floor and the animal's bedding. Mainly active in communal rooms where pets sleep and where there is most activity, fleas are generally found to be living on pets and in carpets, pet bedding, and upholstered furniture.

Biting Insects

An infestation of pests, including birds, can result in the appearance of fleas, ticks, or mites that will bite humans. The presence of these biting insects within the home or workplace can cause significant distress. It is important that the source is identified and effective treatment is carried out to eradicate the cause. Malum provides an immediate and ongoing solution. We not only look at treating the current infestation, but also work to prevent any new ones.


There are several different types of bee in the UK, all of which may require different treatment methods. They include:

  • Bumblebees
  • Tree Bees
  • Solitary and Masonry Bees
  • Honey Bees

We understand that sometimes bees may cause a health hazard. However, they are endangered, so we would always recommend exploring all other avenues before considering eradication. Contact us today for further advice.


Wasps can be a real nuisance around your home or business and are potentially dangerous if provoked. One of the most feared and aggressive pests, wasps will attack and sting, sometimes unprovoked but usually if threatened. This is a risk and a cause for concern if you have small children or pets as, for some, wasp stings can be very dangerous. The stings may cause severe reactions, and several people die from wasp stings every year.

Cockroaches (Excluding Oriental)

There are two main species of cockroach in Britain; Oriental and German cockroaches. Cockroaches are distinguished by their very long, whip-like antennae; flat oval bodies; and rapid, jerky walk. The adult German cockroach is a light yellowy/brown colour and is 10mm to 15mm long. The Oriental cockroach is dark brown/black in colour and is 20mm to 24mm long. Immature stages of cockroach look exactly like adults, just on a smaller scale.

Malum provides you with an immediate and ongoing solution. We not only look at treating the current infestation but also work to prevent any new ones from occurring. Our experienced team will design a bespoke cockroach treatment that works around your home or business. So, if you find cockroaches in Southampton, Hampshire, or the surrounding counties, contact us today.

Oriental Cockroach

Cockroaches are rarely able to survive outdoors in the British climate, but thrive around the heating ducts and boiler rooms of large centrally heated buildings, such as hospitals, bakeries, hotel and restaurant kitchens, and blocks of flats. They cluster around pipes, stoves, and sinks, especially in humid areas, and will often remain hidden during the day.


Hornets are twice the size of the common wasp, and are brown and yellow instead of black and yellow. They build nests in hollow trees and similar sites.

Cluster Fly

The key to effective control is understanding what species of fly is causing the problem and, whenever possible, to treat the source of the insects. Cluster flies enter buildings in the autumn to hibernate, and these insects can accumulate in large numbers. Cluster flies leave the premises in March/April and may become more active at times of warmer weather. Malum is on hand to provide you with an immediate and ongoing solution, which is important as cluster flies often return year after year. We offer discounts on cluster fly treatments for existing customers.

Bed Bugs

This common pest is prevalent due to a number of reasons, including increased travel, the use of second-hand furniture, and suspected tolerance to some pesticides. These bugs still occur with regularity, particularly in multi-occupancy buildings with rapid resident turnover, for example, hostels, hotels, holiday camps, and blocks of flats.

By providing immediate and ongoing solutions, Malum will deal with the current infestation and strive to prevent a further problem down the line. Alongside our treatments, we also provide pest awareness training to individuals and members of staff, improving their knowledge of what to look for and best practice procedures.

Squirrel Control

Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century, the grey squirrel has since spread throughout most of mainland England and Wales. Mainly a resident of broadleaved and mixed woodlands, they are also a common resident of urban parks and gardens. However, they frequently enter domestic roof spaces. Once inside, they chew woodwork, strip insulation from electrical wiring and water pipes, tear up fibreglass insulation, and, occasionally, drown in water tanks. Our experienced team deliver immediate and ongoing solutions, looking at the treatment of the current infestation and working to prevent reoccurrences.


There are estimated to be 35 to 40 million moles in the UK, and the mole that lives with us is known as the common or European mole. The correct, or Latin, name is Talpa europaea. Since they are rarely longer than 150mm in length, weighing in at between 110 and 120 grams, this is one mean feat. Working on a no-mole no-fee basis, we provide immediate, guaranteed solutions. For a free site inspection, give us a call today.

Contact us now, in Southampton, Hampshire, for further details about our pest management and control services.

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