In the UK, the sight of a pest control van outside a premises will make most people think there is a problem or emergency. In the United States, the attitude is different as people understand that preventative pest control is positive, extremely important and a necessity. So, if they see a pest control vehicle, it’s a good sign. 

No establishment can ever be guaranteed pest free. Modern building features like stud partitioning, breeze blocks, false flooring and service voids often create the perfect harbourages for pests 

Rats and mice are particularly good at finding their way into buildings and a mouse can get in through a gap the width of a pencil. The presence of rats around a premises poses an immediate risk of people contracting Leptospirosis. Left unchecked, an infestation will increase in size and extent and, once established, rats will explore their surroundings with enhanced confidence. 

Rats go into property usually by mistake. Mice on the other hand want to be there and will often have been there some time before you see them and the first signs will be their droppings. On average a mouse will do 80 droppings a day.

Pest control can be compared with going into battle – technicians have to work strategically to predict the worse-case scenarios and try to be one step ahead of the enemy. Unfortunately they can’t control everything – pests like fleas and cockroaches are excellent travellers. Cockroaches can hitch a lift in cardboard packaging and fleas and other biting insects can attach themselves to employees’ clothing if they are using public transport.

What should a pest control contract include?

Normal pest control contracts for standard premises will include a minimum of eight inspections a year. Factories producing high-risk food or manufacturing pharmaceuticals will require more frequent visits. The inspections should include all common areas such as: plant rooms, basements, riser cupboards, car parks and landscaped areas – all of the areas where pests could harbour and reproduce undisturbed. 

Award-winning Cleankill has been solving pest problems for commercial and domestic customers since 2005. Using the most up-to-date pest-control techniques and technology, the company keeps its customers pest free and makes sure it is at the forefront of the industry when it comes to the use of pesticides and non-toxic pest control methodology. The company has won many awards for being ‘green’ and for outstanding customer service.

As an Investor in People, all Cleankill’s staff are highly trained and offer an exceptionally fast and efficient level of service. The company is a proud member of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), as well as being approved to ISO9001 and ISO14001. Cleankill is also fully accredited to the Altius Vendor Assessment, Safecontractor, Exor, Constructionline and Achilles Health and Safety accreditation schemes and aims to be recognised as a market leader for innovation and new pest control techniques.


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