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17 July 2018 - 9:52am
Cockchafer

It’s not the way I normally like to start a blog but this month I’ve been thinking about cockchafers.

500 years ago, we tried to banish them, but they would not leave,
100 years ago, their numbers were so great we were eating them,
40 years ago, we poisoned them to near extinction, but they survived!
What now?

19 June 2018 - 10:01am
Weevils in birdseed

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.

26 April 2018 - 12:28pm
Rodents and restaurant hygiene

During a recent conversation with the owners of a very successful restaurant chain in the South-East of England, it became clear they were disappointed one of our reports had been cited by the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) as a reason for downgrading their hygiene rating in one restaurant from a four to a two.

22 March 2018 - 1:25pm
Customer Delight Runner Up Gatwick Diamond Business Award 2018

 

Last month, I was about to write this very blog when we had three wonderful pieces of news and I decided to write about them, rather than this – which I will call my Ranting Blog.

The reason for my ire...car main dealerships!

28 February 2018 - 11:28am
Cleankill receive Gold Standard Investors in People award

I had some very bad experiences with customer service recently and I did have an entire blog drafted in my mind about the importance of putting the customer first but then we had some great news. In fact, we have had three pieces of great news in the last couple of weeks and so the customer service blog will have to wait until next month. Be assured, though, I will be venting my spleen in due course.

30 January 2018 - 1:43pm
Awards and Exhibitions

A new year heralds the commencement of many things and at Cleankill this includes the start of the 2018 promotional diary. Last April I wrote about a few busy weeks in May when we attended a number of business exhibitions and award ceremonies.

22 December 2017 - 11:31am
Clive on drums!

Something a little different this month. There isn’t one serious theme but a collection of non-work-related things we’ve been doing in December.

27 November 2017 - 11:42am
Technician in wasp personal protective equipment (PPE)

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.

24 October 2017 - 12:10pm
'Innocent' Bed Bug (for once...)

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.

20 September 2017 - 9:36am
Bed bug infestation

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time will know I have a particular dislike for bed bugs. In March 2016, I wrote a long blog about how I’d noticed bed bugs has been taking over the news. To read that blog, click here.

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