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Facilities managers and property managers are being urged to check their bird netting following the recent high winds and stormy weather. Cleankill Pest Control's Paul Bates says: “Birds can easily become tangled and trapped in damaged proofing which not only causes them distress but can lead to further damage to the netting. Holes in netting will also allow birds to get through and set up home.”
If staff in top-floor offices are complaining about flies – or your loft space is overrun with insects – it’s probably cluster flies.
Shrieks of horror can be heard across the country as people finally succumb to the Autumn weather and dig out their warm woollies and coveted cashmere. This is when householders discover that while their precious pashminas were stored away they were providing a summer time feast for the dreaded clothes moth or Tineola bisselliella.
Homeowners and tenants across the country will be dreading the patter of tiny feet above their heads as rats, mice and squirrels take refuge from the cooler weather in loft spaces. As they scratch, gnaw and rip items apart to make nesting materials, the rodents cause many sleepless nights. They also chew through electrical cables which can cause fires as well as cause structural damage, not to mention the urine and droppings they leave all over any precious possessions being stored in the attic.
One of Cleankill's directors was in the limelight when he appeared on national television with Alan Titchmarsh. Jon Whitehead was asked to appear in ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show as an expert on wasps. Jon talked about why wasps are behaving erratically at this time of year. He explained that they are jobless and often get drunk on fermented fruit. Jon brought a large wasps’ nest to the show so viewers could see what a nest is like close up. Jon surprised Alan, the audience and other viewers with a story about how he once passed out after stepping on a wasps nest and being stung multiple time – highlighting the danger wasps can pose.
Cleankill Pest Control's Director Jon Whitehead will be in the limelight today (11th September) when he takes part in The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV. Jon will be talking about wasps and what they are up to this time of year. He'll be taking a large wasps' next to the studio so viewers can see what they are like close up. We are delighted to have been asked back on the show as experts in the field of pest control and for a few (millions actually) more people to be made aware of the Cleankill brand.
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.
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.”
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.
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.