20 November 2013 - 10:00am

I took part in a BBC Radio interview this morning. Apparently foxes have been digging up a bowling green in Bognor. My suspicion is that they are using a bonemeal fertiliser on the grass which is attracting the foxes as they are digging up to 30 holes a night to find out where the bones are hidden!!

16 October 2013 - 11:49am
Fly on window

One of the problems with being a pest controller is finding the energy to deal with the pests that you get in your own home - I little like decorators who never get around to their own houses. Around Autumn time I invariably get mice in the understairs cupboard of my own house, coming in through the gas pipe entry from outside.

4 October 2013 - 3:19pm

Every year in the Autumn, our 8-legged Arachnid friends that have been living quite happy outdoors all Summer, start to move indoors. It is therefore not surprising that Cleankill (along with most other pest control companies), receive lots of enquiries about spiders at this time of year. In addition to the usual enquiries, there has been a lot of recent interest and concern about False widow spiders, following the concerns raised in newspaper and internet articles.

12 September 2013 - 4:25pm

Here's a blog by Director Jon Whitehead (on the left in the photo) after his experience on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

12 July 2013 - 3:26pm

On the evening of the South London Business awards, Jon and I were quite stunned when we heard we had won... at least two of the 10 finalists in the green category had beaten us at previous awards and were big companies with a good track record of managing green and environmental issues...however, when they started to announce the winner, they started by saying something like...'and the winner is a company not normally associated with green issues’.

17 June 2013 - 12:47pm

The stories about the decline of bees in the news this week reminded me to tell you about a lucky escape for a swarm of bees last week. We received a call that there were wasps swarming at an office block we look after in Croydon. Our technician arrived to find they weren’t wasps but bees that had settled on a bike. We quickly called the local beekeeper who took the bees away safely before anyone got stung or, very importantly, the bees got harmed.

19 February 2013 - 11:47am

Having been fined £200 by Haringey Council recently for not having a no smoking sign in a brand new van being driven by a non smoker, I have also had a further £240 of hidden taxes applied to my company to recover a van that had been removed by Westminster Council....

7 February 2013 - 11:47am

Last week I posted in a huff on facebook that we had just been hit with a £200 fine. It was for failure to display a ‘no smoking’ sticker in one of our sign written vans. When I did so, I was not expecting the tide of coverage and support that I have since received.

23 January 2013 - 11:47am

The business of pest control can mean working in all sorts of unfavourable conditions, be it crawling in a cramped wasp-infested loft space, investigating a rat problem in a dark and dingy basement or braving the inclement English weather and inspecting bird netting.

They say never to work with animals or children, but that’s not something Cleankill MD Paul Bates takes any notice of.

22 January 2013 - 11:47am

We’re often called by people who suspect they have a rodent problem, the signs are there but they haven’t seen them.

One of the biggest tell-tale signs is the smell - rodents have a very particular musky smell. Of course, where there is life there is death and a dead rodent smells even worse than a live one!