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You get what you pay for with cut-price pest control

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…

Phantom biters

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…

Renting property and the threat of bed bugs

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.…

It’s wasp-time!

It’s August, so it must be wasp-time!A story came to my attention the other day that is very common for this time of year. In Bedminster, a district of Bristol, a man reported his flat had an infestation of…

Volunteering at The Supercar Event

Last year, you may remember Clive Bury telling us about the day he volunteered to help at The Supercar Event, held at Top Gear Testing Track, Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey. To read his blog and learn more about…

One man and his fox

When a customer called us to help solve a mysterious smell that was beginning to seep through the house we didn’t anticipate quite such a challenging job.But the Cleankill team is never afraid of a challenge…

A trip to Dorset: Thomas Hardy, ice creams and ‘gull-poo shampoo’

A slightly different blog this month. I was going to write about the two days when we attended three business fairs and the Seahaven Business Awards, where we were named runner-up in two categories, but…

Expos and Awards

I have been looking through the promotional plans for May and it is definitely going to be a busy month with three business expos in two days. On 10th May we will again be at Kent Vision Live, taking place at…

The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2017

On the 16th March 2017, we will be crossing our fingers once again at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. This year we are lucky enough to be finalists in the category of ‘Green Business of the Year’ –…

SafeContractor Accreditation and Business Award Finalists

Last month I told you about the day the auditor from QMS International visited us and confirmed our compliance with the standards: ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management. Since then…

The day the auditor came!

Cleankill has always prided itself on being a professional, efficient, friendly, environmentally aware pest control business. But the question has always been – how do we show our customers this?The answer is…

A pest controller’s life: cat versus professional

Last week, I told you about my journey from civil servant to director of a pest control company and, this week, I have a tale which touches on the private life of a pest controller.Before you worry, this is…

How I got into pest control: from Rentokil to Cleankill

I don’t remember the careers’ adviser at school suggesting forging out a satisfying career ridding places of mice and cockroaches - so I ended up in the Civil Service.In the late 1970s the Ministry of Defence…

Rats and flooding: putting your home at risk

When Hurricane Angus struck the UK last week, it certainly created a great deal of damage. Of course, some people were able to turn what could have been a disaster into something a little more pleasant, such…

'Taking part is important, but winning is nicer' – 2016 Croydon Business Excellence Awards.

Last year I wrote about how important it is to take part in business awards. In my blog, “It’s taking part that is important” The Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2015, I told you the tale of how we were…

Wasps In The Media

I was reading the BBC News website this morning, I had gone to read a story about the first confirmed case of an Asian Hornet in the UK, when my eye was drawn to the side-bar and a story entitled, “Why are…


Last week we were asked to identify a weird insect. At first glance they looked very strange - like a bean with a long tail - and in the bottom of a toilet bowl. Luckily, one of our team members, Mark, was…

MI6, Speed Boats, Team Building and Our Bi-annual Conference

Earlier in the year Cleankill held their bi-annual Conference, the setting was Brockenhurst, set deep within the New Forest and this year we got to celebrate 21 years in business.A momentous occasion for any…

Supercars, Super Charity and The Stig

A quick question: where can you find over 170 supercars in one place, on a mostly sunny day at the start of July? The answer: The Supercar Event at the Top Gear Testing Track, Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey.…

The May Bug or Common Cockchafer.

It has been a strange start to the year. As May slowly draws to a close, I have only just seen my first May bug. Once you have seen a flying May bug you won’t forget it; especially if one gets caught in your…