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The sudden increase in temperature and sunshine has meant an explosion of blossom and noticeable increase in bees going about their work.
There has also been a worrying surge in calls to pest controllers from people confusing bees with wasps and asking for treatment.
The lockdown has resulted in an increase in calls from residential premises to a London pest control company as people are spotting furry intruders and insects that would often go unnoticed.
Managing Director Paul Bates of Cleankill Pest Control says the mental health implications of having an infestation during lockdown when you can’t leave your home can be quite serious for some.
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.