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food debris until the following morning provides a perfect night time feast for pests, at a time when they are most active. Remains in a crisp packet are a tasty meal for mice and apple cores in a bin provide a nice breeding ground for fruit flies. Staff often leave crackers in their bottom drawers to find on a Monday morning they have been eaten. Foodstuffs should be kept in sealed containers and simple hygiene rules can restrict the build up of unwanted pests.


Leaving cleaning up of food debris until the following morning will provide a perfect night time feast for pests, at a time when they are most active.


WHEN PESTS GET IN


5. Regular inspections should keep a good control over the rodent situation. Monitor stations should be strategically placed around your premises as a first line of defence. If rodents are appearing, more stations should be installed and your pest control company should increase the frequency of their visits.


blocks gutters, downpipes and air- conditioning intakes. Bird-free gel, which appears as flames to birds, complements other bird control methods well.


FLY CONTROL 3.


Install fly-control units in kitchenettes, catering areas, bin rooms and delivery bays to catch the flies before they enter the building. Glue board units are generally preferred to ‘sparking’ units, as the glue ensures that bacteria do not get inadvertently dispersed out of the unit while a flying insect is electrocuted. The glue-board units that can be moved around affected offices, particularly in those offices that suffer from the Autumn cluster flies.


CLEANLINESS


4. Check when the bins are emptied. Leaving cleaning up of


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Flies and other insects can be treated using ultra low-volume insecticide applicators during out- of-hours periods. Insect detectors and pheromone monitors can be installed discretely throughout buildings and regularly checked to monitor insect activity.


WORK WITH THE


CONTRACTOR 6. Communication is key, especially if you look after several different sites. Your contractor should complete a detailed report at the end of each inspection and make sure you receive it soon after. Many pest control companies like Cleankill use digital reporting so the report is available to within minutes of the service being carried out. The reports should be read and acknowledged, not just filed away.


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