Platinum Business Magazine - issue 89

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PEST CONTROL The power of social media to spread news of an infestation in your premises and the potential for reputational damage is just one of the reasons that it’s far better to be on the front foot when it comes to pest control

WHY PEST PREVENTION SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY It is far more cost effective to pay for a preventive contract than calling in pest controllers to deal with an emergency situation. Not to mention the stress, hassle and that you might be putting your staff and customers at risk.

Recent cases have involved office workers returning to their offices after COVID 19 restrictions were lifted and discovering rats and mice had been busy setting up home. In some premises the rodents had gnawed right through electrical cabling and in others the pests had contaminated desks and files with urine and droppings. Instances like this, and the increase in rodents in cities and the countryside, make it more important than ever before to limit the risk of pests in your premises especially if they are unoccupied some of the time. Proofing against mice and rats should be looked at as part of an overall integrated pest control system. Install fly-control devices, such as Cleankill’s Electrifly units, in kitchens, catering areas, bin rooms and delivery bays to catch the flies before they enter the building. Make sure you have a pest control contract with a minimum of eight inspections a year. The contractor should belong to the British Pest Control Association, with all staff qualified to the RSPH Level Two, have written accreditations in Health and Safety

and full employers’ and public liability insurance. Like Cleankill, reputable pest control providers should provide detailed digital report at the end of each inspection which is available within minutes of the service being carried out. This will help you when environmental health officers inspect your premises. Cleankill Pest Control deals with ‘distress’ pests inluding wasps, fleas and bedbugs as well as preventive maintenance against public health pests such as mice, rats, cockroaches and pest birds such as pigeons and seagulls. The company prides itself on a fast and efficient service and aims to be recognised as a market leader for innovation, ‘green’ and new pest control techniques.

Launched in 1995, Cleankill Pest Control has grown year on year and now has several thousand clients throughout London, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, the South East and across the UK. Cleankill is the only pest control company in England to achieve a Gold Investors in People accreditation.

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