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Cleankill Pest Control was called to a residential property and equestrian centre in East Sussex. The owner, Andy Melville, reported rats had been seen taking food from the bird table and digging burrows under the table. The bird table was situated near a pond in the large garden attached to the premises. In addition to this, mice were also found to be eating animal feed in the storage cupboards.
Cleankill is warning people not to tackle wasp nests this year as the dry weather has resulted in extra-large nests and more wasps surviving than usual.
Cleankill received a record number of call-outs for wasp problems in London and the South-east during July, and August is set to be busy as well. Last year, because of the wet weather, there were fewer calls than usual.
Recently, one of our technicians, Martin Colyer, came across an unusual problem at a flat in Cricklewood. He had been called to the flat to deal with an infestation of carpet beetles but when he arrived, he found something very different – weevils.
Cleankill Pest Control now has a bird on the payroll to help meet the demand from clients wanting natural methods of pest control.
Since six-year-old Luna the Harris Hawk joined the firm a few months ago her handler and Pest Control Technician Alan Day has been out and about getting her used to traffic noise and other unfamiliar sounds.
While Luna has been undergoing her own training, Alan has been studying for a professional Falconry qualification through LANTRA.
Surrey based Cleankill has become one of the first pest control companies in the world to be awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard, demonstrating the company’s commitment to high performance through good people management.
At the end of September, I was asked to give a speech in front of the Sutton United Business Club luncheon group. The event attracted 76 delegates from 62 Sutton-based businesses. I decided to talk on a range of subjects, starting with a general overview of modern pest control and British attitudes to pest control.
Last month I wrote about the problem of identifying who was at fault in cases of rented property and bed bug infestations. During the blog I alluded to the problem of ‘phantom biters’, something every pest controller has had to deal with at some time or other, and I thought this might be a good topic as Halloween approaches.
Croydon-based Cleankill Pest Control is advising homeowners to adopt its seven simple steps to avoid rodent infestations this winter.
As the nights draw in, and food and warmth become scarcer, rats and mice will begin to view our centrally heated homes as desirable nesting sites for the winter months. Cleankill is now reporting an increase in rodent infestations at both business premises and households and is taking the opportunity to advise customers on the best ways to avoid an invasion.