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With the weather set to stay warm and people planning barbecues, pest control experts are warning people to be extra careful about wasps which are now at their most aggressive and dangerous. Managing Director of Surrey-based Cleankill Pest Control Paul Bates explains: “Worker wasps have finished their life’s work as queen wasps have stopped laying and don’t need food bringing to them. This means that the workers are free to go out and enjoy themselves which includes stealing meat on the barbecue. There will also be drunk wasps around who have been feasting on fermented fruit and will be extra bold.
Jon Whitehead Cleankill Director
Seagulls have got their revenge on a Sussex pest controller by causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to his new car. Jon Whitehead, who lives in Seaford, East Sussex, and is a director at Cleankill Pest Control, returned from holiday to find seagulls had used his estate car for target practise. Jon, who had only taken delivery of the car shortly before his holiday, says he is furious: “The droppings had eaten right through the paintwork, so I took it to a local bodyshop who told me the whole area needed re-spraying. Part of my work involves deterring seagulls and removing nests so it’s as though the birds decided to get their revenge on me.”
Arina raising money for The Children's Trust, Tadworth
A member of staff from Croydon-based Cleankill Pest Control has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s charity by jumping out of a plane.
Wasp pest control
One of the downsides of a heat wave are the flies and flying insects that suddenly appear.  There are vast numbers of different species of fly - each one having its own distinct life cycle and home. At the moment it’s fruit flies, sometimes called vinegar flies, that are in abundance. They thrive on the fruit and vegetable remains in compost bins that, on a hot summer’s day, start to break down into a semi-liquid soup. The tiny yellowish brown flies with bright red eyes will appear almost overnight and great clouds of them can erupt from unsealed compost bins.
London Pest Control Green award winners
Staff from a Surrey pest control company are celebrating after winning the Best Green Business at the South London Business Awards and being named as a finalist in the Commitment to the Community category.
With a warm spell of weather predicted, staff from Cleankill Pest Control are gearing up for more calls to deal with the bird they call the ‘flying rat’.  Pigeons take advantage of the warmer weather to sit on outside ledges and pipework while their foulings fall to the floor below, creating a dangerously slippery surface. Cleankill Managing Director Paul Bates said: “With pigeons now breeding four or five times a year, compared to two or three times 20 years ago, their numbers are increasing dramatically. The problem is exacerbated by people feeding them and attracting them into town squares where they are fouling on pavements and buildings.
A Surrey environmental services company is celebrating after receiving a highly commended award for its effort to support the local community. Cleankill Pest Control beat hundreds of other companies from the Croydon area to receive the highly commended award in the Commitment to the Community category. Cleankill was also honoured to be a finalist in the Best Green Business category.
Croydon-based Cleankill Pest Control has proved it is one of the best businesses in South London after being shortlisted for two awards. The company, which offers pest control services to companies in London and across the South East, beat hundreds of other businesses to be named a finalist in the ‘Best Green Business’ and ‘Commitment to the Community’ categories.  Cleankill Managing Director Paul Bates said: “We are absolutely thrilled to get this far in a competition that covers such as large area and includes many similar companies.
Don't let pests and bugs ruin your long-awaited summer, is the message from Croydon- based pest control company Cleankill. Although no home can ever be guaranteed pest free, award-winning Cleankill Pest Control is sharing its top ten pest-proofing tips to help prevent the distress and expense that small unwanted house guests can cause.
Bed bug control
Last week we dealt with two horrific cases of bed bugs. It’s difficult to understand why landlords or letting agents would knowingly, especially in the first case, let out a property when there is a bed-bug infestation.