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Like all the best jobs, you need the right tools, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for all SCS operatives attending any job that we are sent out to, so we’re kitted out in gloves, masks and, should the need arise, suits. We also have the relevant poisons and chemicals for whichever pest we’re treating and the accessories to apply those poisons to affected areas.

Depending on whether the property is vacant or tenanted we attempt to control the infestation before we leave. However, in some specialist cases we may have to visit to assess the site and come away to order additional products to treat the problem and install preventative measures if required.

One of the worst cases we have ever encountered at SCS was with something you may not necessarily class as pests – pigeons.

We had been called out to a derelict block of flats in Manchester that was boarded up. Once we had gained access to the building we discovered that there was about two feet of pigeon excrement mixed with carcasses that had to be cleared. As we were shovelling it all out, we were just finding more carcasses that had been covered with more excrement – that was a pretty bad day at the office!

It just goes to show that we’ve never come across a case we couldn’t tackle!

At Specialised Cleaning Services we offer the following recommendations to our customers to control pests:

• Make sure the bricks and mortar of the building itself are kept in good repair with an ongoing maintenance plan. Ensure that any cracks and worn places in floors and walls are repaired to eliminate the opportunity for pests to infest these spaces and make sure that any entry points are effectively sealed to prevent pests from entering in the first place.

• Look for conditions that attract pests, for example standing water attracts flies and piles of unwanted junk can attract both rodents and flies. So make sure they are cleaned up and cleared away.

The final point is the most important. You have to make sure that your

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“Once we had gained access to the building

we discovered that there was about two feet of

pigeon excrement mixed with carcasses that had to be cleared”

cleaning schedule is rigorous and is kept on top of at all times. It may even be necessary to call in a pest control supplier to intensely clean your premises and create a regular pest control schedule for you to ensure that the pests are eradicated and kept away, and that your hard won reputation is solid and remains that way.

If you still have a problem with ongoing pest infestation and are looking for a pest control service provider to help. These are my top tips to ensure you receive the best service:

• You should come to an agreement with your potential supplier that they will inspect your premises at regular intervals to ensure the

complete absence of pests from all areas. It is not sufficient to simply eradicate them – your pest control supplier must ensure that the pests have not returned.

• Ask your pest control supplier to provide you with a written contract agreeing the frequency of their visits and the methods they will use to control pests in your establishment. They should also provide you with a thorough report on the actions taken and recommendations of actions required.

• Make sure that the pesticides they use comply with current legislations.

• Your supplier should have sufficient resources in terms of fully trained and qualified staff and the necessary equipment needed to effectively carry out pest control in your establishment.

As with any supplier your pest control provider should be able to supply you with credible references and testimonials from previous customers.

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