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Pest controllers have had more calls to deal with wasps nests this summer than in previous years, mainly due to the mild winter and dry Spring. The type of wasp causing most problems is the smaller German wasp which gives a particularly painful sting despite its size.
It is always lovely to get recognition for your hard work and today Chris Davis, Service and Technical Manager, received a lovely letter from the House of Commons. Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes, was writing to congratulate Chris on his success at the inaurgural Lewes and Wealden Business Awards, last month. At these awards, Chris was delighted to be named Employee of the Year, sponsored by Hastings Direct.
In the article, "Under siege by mozzies? Eat a Marmite sarnie! There are more biting insects than ever this year... fend them off with these clever tips," Hannah Ebelthite asked Chris Davis, our award winning Service and Technical Manager, what attracts these biting midges to their prey? Unfortunately, it is not good news for people with Blood Group O.
Cleankill Managing Director Paul Bates recently visited Christ Church School in Purley in his secret identity as ‘Bug Man’. At the invitation of the school, Paul visited two reception classes and showed them a variety of creepy crawlies – an ideal way for reception classes to come face-to-face with the curriculum’s ‘Mini-beasts’ topic. After the visit a staff member said: “The children were full of Paul’s visit and they told everyone in the school how the bug man ate the grasshopper! They loved it!”
Chris Davis walked away with the Employee of the Year award, sponsored by Hastings Direct, at the inaugural Lewes and Wealden Business Awards. The Employee of the Year award was open to any employee whose “determination has made an exceptional contribution to a business”. Chris is currently the Service and Technical Manager for award-winning Cleankill Pest Control, which has offices in Seaford, East Sussex, and Kenley in Surrey. He has worked for the company for eight years and trains Cleankill’s technicians while coaching and mentoring colleagues through their own qualifications.
Cleankill will again be at the annual Facilities Show held at ExCel in London. This year the event, held from 16th to 18th June 2015, promises to be bigger and better than ever before with inspirational presentations by, among others, Baronness Karen Brady CBE, Sir Chris Hoy MBE, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. The Cleankill team will be meeting up with some of its current facility manager clients and hoping to make some new contacts. Cleankill can be found on stand R980. The Facilities Show, with 16 years of proven success, is the UK’s largest event in facilities management and last year welcomed more than 15,000 visitors.
Come and see us this week at Kent2020 in Detling (Wednesday May 13th) and at Let’s Do Business in Brighton (Thursday May 14th). At both events there will be the chance to meet our team, learn about what we do, see some of our equipment and try some edible bugs. There is even a bottle of champagne up for grabs for the best bug eating selfie that is posted on our Facebook page. See you there!
It’s not only thieves who have been using tunnels to enter premises in London’s Hatton Garden. When workers in luxury offices near the site of Britain's biggest diamond heist went to retrieve some files from a cupboard they were horrified to find them covered in droppings. They quickly called pest control company Cleankill Environmental Services who identified the droppings and set about getting rid of the rodents. During a survey of the premises Cleankill found evidence of up to 30 rats in the cupboard, chewed electric cables and damage to timber in the area.
Cleankill pest control Technician Tom Smit had a big surprise when he turned up at a customer’s home to discover it belonged to one of the country’s most well known opera singers. Wynne Evans, who became famous when he appeared in the Go Compare television adverts as the spoof opera star Gio Compario, called Cleankill to sort out a pest problem in his London flat. Tom said: “I had no idea who the customer was but when we met I recognised him from the adverts. It’s not every day I get to help someone famous. He was extremely nice.”
As Spring approaches, facilities and property managers are being urged to make sure bird control methods are in place before pest birds settle in for the peak nesting periods of Spring and Summer. In April and May, pigeons and gulls will start taking advantage of the warmer weather to sit on outside ledges and pipe work. Their droppings then fall to the floor below, creating a dangerously slippery surface. There are many techniques available including installing nets, sprung wire systems and bird spike repellents.