Cleankill has become the first pest control company in the UK to gain the Investors in People Silver accreditation. No other pest control companies have achieved either Silver or Gold Investors in People. Three years ago Cleankill achieved the Bronze level – the first company it its sector to do so – and decided to build on that success by aiming for the next level.
A Cleankill man is one of only three people in the country to achieve the top qualification for a pest control professional. Chris Davis is the latest person to gain the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Pest Management - a ‘gold standard’ qualification designed to recognise pest controllers of ability. Chris is the Service and Technical Manager for award-winning Cleankill Environmental Services, which has offices in Seaford, East Sussex, and Kenley in Surrey. He has worked for the company for eight years where he trains Cleankill’s technicians while coaching and mentoring colleagues through their own qualifications.
Rodents dislike the cold weather as much as humans and now is the time when rats and mice take refuge from the cooler weather in loft spaces and other warm areas of buildings, particularly places where there is a food supply. The furry creatures will scratch, gnaw and rip items apart to make nesting materials but they will also chew through electrical cables. This can cause fires, as well as cause structural damage, not to mention the urine and droppings they spread over large areas.
Shrieks of horror can be heard across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex as people succumb to the Autumn weather and dig out their coveted cashmere jumpers - only to find them full of holes. While precious pashminas were stored away in cupboards, they were providing a summer time feast for the dreaded clothes moth or Tineola bisselliella. What makes the situation even more heartbreaking is that very few household insurance policies cover damage caused by pests in the home.
Surrey-based Cleankill Pest Control has reached the finals of a prestigious national competition run by the professional body for facilities managers. Cleankill was shortlisted along with four other companies in the FM Service Provider of the Year (SME) category of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Awards 2014. It is the first time Cleankill has entered the awards and staff and the Croydon-based company are thrilled to have reached the last stage of the competition.
Pest controllers brought in a huge cherry picker to help them solve a pigeon problem in Croydon. Barratt Residential Asset Management called in Cleankill Pest Control after pigeons started causing a health hazard in a car park in the New South Quarter. Cleankill Surveyor Mark Hobbs explained: “There are two ventilation towers in the park and the pigeons were getting behind them and causing a huge mess. The only way we could access the towers to clean up the mess safely was with a cherry picker. We also had to get to a large pipe inside the exit ramp and this would have been impossible any other way.”
Following extensive trials, Cleankill Pest Control is now using a special non-toxic gel as part of its armoury against pest birds. The Bird Free gel reflects ultraviolet light and appears to birds as flames and keeps pest birds off structures without harming them. Rather than acting as a barrier like netting or spikes, the gel alters birds’ behaviour. Birds will completely desert a habitat, even one they have been using for years, once Bird Free has been applied.
‘Know your ants’ and seek help quickly is the advice from pest control experts Cleankill after the company was called to a serious infestation of Asian super ants at a North London home. The Asian super ant (Lasius neglectus) is very similar in appearance to the Black garden ant but is much more difficult to control, according to Cleankill.
Nuts and berries developing weeks ahead of normal are not the only things signalling the arrival of an early Autumn. Pest controllers are receiving calls about wasps four to five weeks earlier than normal and are finding nests that are much larger than usual for mid July. The early development means that later in the Summer some nests could be extremely large as the Queens will have had time to produce more eggs, resulting in more worker wasps and increasing the risks to anyone disturbing a nest.
We're looking forward to meeting lots of facilities managers and telling them about products such as Bird Free gel and our range of electric fly killers. We're also going to get people to try eating dried insects and take a photo of their faces when they are doing it. The best photo at the end of the three days will win a bottle of champagne. Look out for the selfies on our Facebook page. We're on Stand R1360 at the Facilities Show which takes place on 17-19 June 2014. It is the ONLY facilities management exhibition in the UK that has the support of the BIFM, continuing a 15 year collaboration with them.