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EMPTY BUILDINGS: WHEN PESTS BECOME PREVALENT


With vacant business properties becoming common place in 2020, now is the time to increase on-site pest control service, advises Cleankill Pest Control.


There are reports that some businesses don’t envisage employees returning to their offices to work until early 2021 due to the risks of COVID-19 and the difficulties of putting social distancing measures in place.


This means there are many buildings that are being left empty, particularly in cities like London and Bristol, and offices are becoming playgrounds for mice and other pests.


At the same time, these businesses or the premises owners will be looking at ways to reduce costs while their buildings are unoccupied. Pest control experts such as Cleankill strongly advise maintaining or even increasing regular pest control service visits while pests such as rodents and cockroaches are enjoying the empty buildings.


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When lockdown was announced there was very little time for staff to clear their desks of snacks and these have provided easy meals for rodents. Cleankill technicians have entered offices and found mouse droppings on desks and half eaten bars of chocolate. This means any equipment in the vicinity could have been contaminated with mouse urine and will need disinfecting to avoid the risk of disease when workers return.


Cleankill is reporting a significant increase in the number of callouts from businesses as they reopen after the lockdown.


Managing Director Paul Bates said: “There is evidence that rodents have been running wild around properties without any hindrance for the last two months. Food that


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