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Harris hawks make pensioner’s dream come true

Cleankill’ bird control team visited a retirement home in Caterham, Surrey, to help a pensioner fulfil a long-held dream.

Ruth Swain contacted Cleankill’s Managing Director Paul Bates to explain that her mum Rita Newman had always wanted to take part in a ‘hawking’ experience, watching them fly and have one sit on her arm.

No Time for Chicken Licken

At the end of September, Bank of England economist Andy Haldane said:

“Now is not the time for the economics of Chicken Licken. My concern at present is that good news on the economy is being crowded out by fears about the future. Collective anxiety is as contagious, and could be as damaging to our well-being, as this terrible disease."

Hawks fly in to solve seagull crematorium problem

A flock of seagulls that was pestering mourners at Eastbourne crematorium has been brought under control using hawks.

The hawks are specially trained to scatter and scare the gulls away without harming them.

Eastbourne Borough Council contacted Cleankill Pest Control to help stop mourners being dive-bombed as they left the chapel. 

Councillor Margaret Bannister, portfolio holder for bereavement services, said: “Staff at the crematorium were becoming aware of the problems that the seagulls were causing to people attending services or visiting the grounds.

Cleankill continues expansion with acquisition of Pest Control Bucks and Bird Control Sussex

Following the purchase of Bristol-based Good Riddance Pest Control at the end of 2018, Cleankill is pleased to announce it has now completed the acquisition of Pest Control Bucks and Bird Control Sussex. Both purchases follow the retirement of the current owners: Gerard and Joanne Ashcroft at Pest Control Bucks and John Butler at Bird Control Sussex.

Jesus in Jeans no longer plagued by pigeons

A Catholic church in Sussex had spent many years trying to prevent pigeons messing on their statue depicting modern-day Christ. The ‘Maintenance Committee’, with the help of their priest, finally found a company that could help.

Alan Duncan who, with a colleague, helps with maintenance issues at St Philips Church in Uckfield, was at the end of his tether after spending considerable funds and much research on different possible solutions to keep the statue called ‘Jesus in Jeans’ clean.

Get your netting checked now before nesting season starts

As Spring approaches, facilities and property managers are being urged to make sure bird control methods are in place before pest birds settle in for the peak nesting periods of Spring and Summer.

In April and May, pigeons and gulls will start taking advantage of the warmer weather to sit on outside ledges and pipe work. Their droppings then fall to the floor below, creating a dangerously slippery surface. There are many techniques available including installing nets, sprung wire systems and bird spike repellents.