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Cleankill Pest Control is delighted to announce that the company has reached the finals of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. Customer service is at the heart of the company’s business strategy and so it is particularly heartening that we have been shortlisted, against stiff competition, in the category for ‘Customer Delight’ - sponsored by Storm Creative. Managing Director Paul Bates said: “Our inclusion in the final three for this category shows that our expertise and a strong customer-based ethos set us apart from many other companies.
With forecasters predicting the harshest winter the UK has seen in half a century, pest controllers are now advising people to make sure their homes are fully protected against invading rodents.   At a time when we feel like bolting our doors and keeping winter cold outside, it is hardly surprising that mice, rats and squirrels are trying to join us in our sanctuaries of warmth.  
St Phillips, Jon Whitehead, Cleankill, Jesus in Jeans. Uckfield, East Sussex
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.
George the Harris Hawk
Eastbourne College Head Groundsman, Richard Maryan, was horrified when the pitches he has spent months painstakingly preparing for the Springboks to use in their World Cup preparation, were invaded by seagulls. Richard, whose team has prepared the College’s Memorial Ground pitches to the exacting standards demanded of a Rugby World Cup pitch, knew hawks are a humane method of scaring away pest birds and have been used successfully at venues like Wimbledon. So he made a call and George the Harris Hawk is now on standby to save the day and protect months of Richard’s hard work and provide a training ground fit for the world’s 4th ranked rugby team.
Wasps on drink can
Pest controllers have had more calls to deal with wasps nests this summer than in previous years, mainly due to the mild winter and dry Spring. The type of wasp causing most problems is the smaller German wasp which gives a particularly painful sting despite its size.
Letter from the House of Commons
It is always lovely to get recognition for your hard work and today Chris Davis, Service and Technical Manager, received a lovely letter from the House of Commons. Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes, was writing to congratulate Chris on his success at the inaurgural Lewes and Wealden Business Awards, last month. At these awards, Chris was delighted to be named Employee of the Year, sponsored by Hastings Direct.
In the article, "Under siege by mozzies? Eat a Marmite sarnie! There are more biting insects than ever this year... fend them off with these clever tips," Hannah Ebelthite asked Chris Davis, our award winning Service and Technical Manager, what attracts these biting midges to their prey? Unfortunately, it is not good news for people with Blood Group O.
Bug Man visits Christ Church School in Purley
Cleankill Managing Director Paul Bates recently visited Christ Church School in Purley in his secret identity as ‘Bug Man’. At the invitation of the school, Paul visited two reception classes and showed them a variety of creepy crawlies – an ideal way for reception classes to come face-to-face with the curriculum’s ‘Mini-beasts’ topic. After the visit a staff member said: “The children were full of Paul’s visit and they told everyone in the school how the bug man ate the grasshopper! They loved it!”
Chris Davis being awarded Employee of the Year
Chris Davis walked away with the Employee of the Year award, sponsored by Hastings Direct, at the inaugural Lewes and Wealden Business Awards. The Employee of the Year award was open to any employee whose “determination has made an exceptional contribution to a business”. Chris is currently the Service and Technical Manager for award-winning Cleankill Pest Control, which has offices in Seaford, East Sussex, and Kenley in Surrey. He has worked for the company for eight years and trains Cleankill’s technicians while coaching and mentoring colleagues through their own qualifications.
The Facilities Show 2015, 16th to 18th June, ExCel London
Cleankill will again be at the annual Facilities Show held at ExCel in London. This year the event, held from 16th to 18th June 2015, promises to be bigger and better than ever before with inspirational presentations by, among others, Baronness Karen Brady CBE, Sir Chris Hoy MBE, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. The Cleankill team will be meeting up with some of its current facility manager clients and hoping to make some new contacts. Cleankill can be found on stand R980. The Facilities Show, with 16 years of proven success, is the UK’s largest event in facilities management and last year welcomed more than 15,000 visitors.