Make sure that there is a pest control contract in place. Normal contracts for standard premises will include a minimum of eight inspections a year. 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.

The contractor should belong to the British Pest Control Association, with all staff qualified to the RSPH Level Two in pest control. The company you choose should have written accreditations in health and safety and you should check that they have full employers and public liability insurance.

Proof your premises Proofing against a whole range of pests is never the be all and end all, but should be looked at as part of the overall integrated pest control system. Effective proofing will restrict rather than deter mice completely. Bristle stripping the bottom of doors, especially external doors and riser cupboard doors, should restrict movement and keep the rodents out of the building.

Checking the external airbricks and weep holes and putting specially designed covers on them, if necessary, should be another regular inspection. Bird spikes onto ledges, as well as the girders beneath fire escapes and parapets, will stop pigeons messing on steps and walkways.

“Normal contracts for standard

premises will include a minimum of eight inspections a year.”

Netting on lightwells prevents birds gaining access into sheltered areas at the back of buildings. This is critical as a host of problems can be caused when pigeon numbers build up. They bring with them other pest problems such as bird mite, fleas and flies. Fouling blocks gutters, downpipes and air-conditioning intakes.

An alternative method of pest bird control is using a hawk that flies around the affected premises and deters pigeons from setting up home. Cleankill has its own in-house Harrier Hawk and handler and the service is particularly popular with FMs who want the greenest possible methods of pest control to be used.

Fly control Flies can cause particular problems as the weather gets warmer and also in the autumn when cluster flies appear. The best solution is to install fly-control units in kitchens, catering areas, bin rooms and delivery bays to catch the flies before they enter the building. Units available include standard ‘sparking’ units and also glue-board units that can be moved around affected areas.

Flies and other insects can be treated using ultra low- volume insecticide applicators during out-of-hours periods.

In America, fly screens are fitted to windows as a matter of course. In the UK, it is still only catering premises. Fly screens can be an excellent way of maintaining a through air flow while restricting pest access.

“Proofing should be looked at as part of the overall integrated pest control system.”

When pests get in Regular pest control inspections should keep a good control over the rodent situation. Rodenticides should be strategically placed around the property as a first line of defence. If rodents are spotted, your pest control technician should extend the placement of rodenticides or increase the number of visits. Insect detectors can be installed discretely throughout buildings and regularly checked to monitor insect activity.

Your pest control contractor should give suitable advice and should work in conjunction with you – good pest control is a two-way street and effective and regular communication between both parties is essential.

Cleankill Managing Director, Paul Bates explained: “Effective pest control is not just about providing clean and healthy working conditions and peace of mind - it’s also about proactively communicating with customers about what we have done and what we are going to do in the future.”

Reporting procedures Your contractor will complete a fully detailed report at the end of each inspection. Many pest control companies nowadays 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. They will help you when environmental health officers inspect your premises.

FMs that are keen to source suppliers with green credentials and accreditations such as SafeContractor, PICS and CEPA, choose Cleankill. The company is a member of the British Pest Control Association and one of the first pest control companies to achieve Gold Investors in People.

Cleankill uses the most up-to-date pest control technology available and the latest techniques to keep premises pest free. All pest control activity is recorded and customers are provided with instant, digital written reports with recommendations, actions taken and advice on how to reduce the risk of infestation. Contract customers are entitled to free call-outs for problems occurring between regular inspections. TOMORROW’S FM | 45

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