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Cleankill’s hawks delight care home residents

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Three members of the Cleankill Pest Control bird control team recently stopped by Hatfield Nursing Home in Hertfordshire with their Harris Hawks. The visit gave residents the opportunity to meet, stroke and ask questions about the hawks.  

The visit was arranged after we were contacted by the care home. They had seen coverage of a previous visit to St. Catherine’s Hospice in Caterham, Surrey, and thought it would be good for their residents. Due to the weather our team of Alan Day, Richard Quarterly and Haden Tucker conducted the visit indoors, taking the hawks from room-to-room and giving each resident a one-to-one experience. In total, the team met around 30 residents across three floors.

Cleankill Bird Handler and Technician Alan Day explains: “It was a real pleasure to meet the staff and residents at Hatfield Nursing Home. Richard, Haden and I love to be given the opportunity to show off our hawks and it was a real joy to be able to answer the residents’ questions. The delight in their eyes when they got to stroke one of the hawks was clear to see.”

Hatfield Nursing Home’s Activity Co-ordinator, Steve, said: ''The visit from Cleankill provided the perfect opportunity for our residents and team members to interact with and learn about the hawks and their unique work. Animal therapy positively influences the mental well-being of adults living with dementia, and our residents thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We thank the team at Cleankill for their visit, and we cannot wait to see our new feathery friends in the future.''

Managing Director of Cleankill Paul Bates added: “As a company, we understand there is more to running a successful business than just work. Making the time to do things like taking our Harris hawks to a nursing home not only has a positive impact on the residents, but it also has a positive impact on us. As a company, we enjoy giving something back to the community we serve and this was a perfect opportunity for us to do that.”

Cleankill’s expert bird handlers use Harris Hawks, which are ‘predator’ birds, to unsettle nesting birds such as pigeons and gulls. Predator birds can be used in a wide variety of environments, including stadia, shopping centres and housing developments. Regular visits will result in the pest birds finding alternative nesting sites. This is a prime example of effective 'green' pest control in action.

Hatfield Nursing Home is a 118-bed facility offering residential care, dementia care, nursing care and respite care. Set in large communal gardens, it has its own pub, sweet shop, hairdressing salon, cinema and café.   

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About Cleankill

Now employing 50 staff, Cleankill Pest Control offers eradication and preventative services for all public health, including: miceratscockroacheswaspsfleassquirrels and pest birds. As a registered waste carrier, Cleankill can also remove pigeon debris and other waste.

With offices in Surrey, BristolBuckinghamshire and East Sussex, Cleankill has many customers throughout London, Surrey, Sussex, the Home Counties, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

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