26 07, 2018

Tackling feral pigeons


Offices and commercial premises provide the perfect place for feral pigeons to land and nest, providing high, flat spaces for them to live safely. Creatures of habit, pigeons are loyal to their nesting sites and can be regularly found on window ledges, balconies, roofs and even external air conditioning units. A study in 2011 on London pigeons, estimated that, at that time, there were a staggering 850,000 pigeons taking over large swathes of the city. Not only do roosting feral pigeons cause unwanted damage to property, causing blockages with feathers, twigs and other debris, their droppings, often found outside eateries [...]

Tackling feral pigeons2018-07-26T14:38:17+00:00
19 07, 2018

Stop cockroaches from bugging your premises


1.     Prevent access to food sources Cockroaches will eat anything and will happily chow down on any foody temptation that comes their way. Like humans, they enjoy a mixed diet of protein and carbohydrates, but unlike us, they can last one or two weeks without water, providing the moisture content of the food they’re having is high. As such, the best way to rid your premises of cockroaches is to eliminate access to food supply. While they can live for a few weeks without water, they ideally don’t want to, so make sure you remove any temptations, such as standing [...]

Stop cockroaches from bugging your premises2018-07-19T07:41:20+00:00
6 04, 2018

Do I need a site survey?


We’re amazed by the number of pest controllers offering a price for their service over the phone or by email. To us, it’s like pricing for a house to be decorated without looking at the rooms. It is impossible to give a true price for a job likes ours without figuring out what we’re dealing with first; yet so many seem to do it. We insist on an initial site survey before taking on any client. It is not only vital for us to familiarise ourselves with the premises a client is seeking our expertise on, but also to ensure [...]

Do I need a site survey?2018-07-26T13:47:29+00:00
13 03, 2018

Row, row, row your…rower?


Our managing director Martin Harvey led his team to rowing victory in a fundraising challenge at Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club. The event was held to raise money for the Under 16s tour of Canada this year and local businesses were asked to lend their support. Participating under the name ‘Harvey's Heavies’ the team of Under 16 players pipped their competitors, sponsored by TWJ, to the post. Or perhaps that should be port, as the challenge was to row the equivalent width of the English Channel. A true test of teamwork, the players took it in turns to row sections [...]

Row, row, row your…rower?2018-06-01T15:50:08+00:00
27 02, 2018

We’re watching you 24/7


We’re always striving to increase our offer to customers, which is why we have introduced infra-red technology to our offer. It makes perfect sense when you think about it; a lot of pests are most active at night when no one is around to disturb them, so why not try catch them in the act? Infra-red cameras are designed to see surface-level infrared radiation – radiation that we feel as heat and which comes from objects emitting heat, such as pests. These cameras are very sensitive and can locate heat sources that no one would otherwise notice. It means we can gather [...]

We’re watching you 24/72018-10-02T09:58:11+00:00
27 02, 2018

Technology at its finest


With a world of technology at our fingertips we’d be fools not to use it. Now don’t get us wrong; we’re a people business and we don’t think anything can beat a familiar, trusted face turning up at your door. But as a stickler for accurate and up-to-date paperwork at all times, the manual process of relaying this information back to the office is often time-consuming and is open to human error. This is where technology comes into its own. Smart mobile data-capture devices enable us, as pest control professionals, to capture real-time data about the location and nature of [...]

Technology at its finest2018-06-01T15:51:13+00:00
19 02, 2018

Buyer Beware!


We pride ourselves on good customer and partner relations and feel pretty confident that if we weren’t doing a good job for our clients they would let us know. As such, a few weeks ago we were privy to information from a competitor, sent to us by a loyal and long-standing client. While clearly a stock marketing message used in the competitor’s correspondence, the content sparked a number of questions as to their chosen campaign line: “We operate a fixed pricing policy” What does this really mean? How long are the prices fixed for? If they are fixed for several [...]

Buyer Beware!2018-06-01T15:51:29+00:00
31 01, 2018

EN16636 – it’s getting serious


Word on the street is that some huge retailers may only choose to work with companies who have the EN16636 standard in the near future. We have long been ambassadors of this European standard for the pest management industry, which was developed to professionalise the pest management sector and to protect clients, public health and the environment. It makes sense that we, and other pest controllers should support this standard, doesn’t it? We last year celebrated our successful reaccreditation of a nationwide pest control standard, having been the first company in Lancashire and only the 17th in the UK, to [...]

EN16636 – it’s getting serious2018-06-01T15:52:08+00:00
31 01, 2018

Pushing the boundaries


Do you choose to accept the norm or work with someone constantly pushing the boundaries? We think we’re recognised as a business which likes to push boundaries, always aiming to set and deliver new benchmarks when it comes to our pest control service. As such, we it comes to meeting legislation or training requirements, we always ask ourselves - ‘what more can we do?’. The qualifying standard needed to become a BPCA member is a Level 2 in Pest Management.  We want to better that, which is why we have taken the decision to upskilling our workforce with the Advanced [...]

Pushing the boundaries2018-06-01T15:52:28+00:00
31 01, 2018

How many pest control visits is enough?


How do you determine the frequency of your pest control visits? For certain companies (namely food and packaging) the frequency of pest control visits is determined by an assessment of the site/s, as dictated by the BRC standard. This is an element of the BRC standard that is seen as difficult by some pest control companies and is often missed out, so how do companies know they are ticking this particular box? We can help. When assessing any site for a pest control programme we do this on a risk-based strategy in order to address the issues raised by the [...]

How many pest control visits is enough?2018-06-01T15:52:50+00:00