Five of the most common pests… Pests! They come in all shapes and forms and depending on where you are in the world can be troublesome, annoying or even deadly. We see all different kinds of pests when out and about and here are five of the most common. Rats Rats can cause serious infestations. A natural survivor, rats breed extremely fast and are carriers of many dangerous diseases. A bite or scratch from a rat can cause serious illness in humans and animals. The largest group of mammals in the world, theorists believe that you’re never more than 50m [...]
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Pigeons are a nuisance and can often cause damage to buildings and spread disease - not to mention the mess they make which is unsightly for both business and customer. But there’s a bigger problem facing businesses – and that’s the potential cost of their mess! Pigeon droppings are a health hazard and according to an article by the BBC, National Rail have just paid £27,000 to a commuter who ‘probably slipped on pigeon poo’ at London’s Paddington station. Note the word probably, yet still, a huge payout. Add to that bird debris such as feathers and nesting materials blocking [...]
Harvey Environmental Services ethos is to always consider the impact our activities have on the environment before delivering any service to our clients. On World Environment Day, this highlights how important it is. Chris Saunders (Commercial Director) say’s ‘When working with our clients to maintain a pest free environment, we always aim to use non-tox methods of control and eradication first. The basic principles of pest control are exclusion and restriction i.e. preventing pests from entering buildings and not attracting them in the first place. If pesticides are required to control an infestation, these are only used until the eradication [...]
We recently attended one of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Diamond Ambassador events and we were so impressed we came away as members! The Chamber’s Diamond Ambassador membership was created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Chamber’s 125th Anniversary in 2012. Its purpose is to bring together a network of business leaders, CEOs and MDs to form long term relationships and become spokespeople for their sector. We believed it to be the perfect fit for purpose and comes at exactly the right time, following the appointment of Chris Saunders as Commercial Director and other key developments in the [...]
To be the best you have to be prepared to keep learning, which is exactly what four of our team members did when the headed even further ‘up North’ last week. Our friends at Graham Environmental Services, in Blairgowrie, Scotland, welcomed Steve Crowley, Neil Sharp, Deborah Wood and Chris Saunders to their offices for two days, to show them how they utilise Service Tracker in their business. We have recently implemented Service Tracker into our business in order to streamline our service and to help make us paper-free and we wanted to be sure we were using the system to [...]
2018 saw a huge rise in the need for pest control across the UK. From the hot weather to the social issues around waste disposal, it’s hard to pin-point an exact reason. Have a look at the points below and let us know why you think it is. • What winter? The number of rats has been generally increasing throughout the UK for a number of years now. We haven’t had any truly harsh winters in the UK for a while. These bitterly cold winters used to cull the number of rats we saw. At the moment, there are an [...]
We’re thrilled to announce that we have signed up to this year’s Pendleside Hospice Corporate Challenge! MD Martin Harvey and our new Commercial Director Chris Saunders attended the challenge’s soft launch this week, meeting up with other local businesses who have also signed up. The Challenge starts June 1st, from when we have four months to turn a £50 starter fund into as much as we can. Challenge accepted! Martin Harvey said: “We’re absolutely up for this challenge supporting a very worthy local cause which has been invaluable to family and friends over the years. “We already have some good [...]
When asked what the most important aspects in the hospitality industry are, we’d be tempted to say service, quality, but mostly reputation. After all, without a fantastic reputation, your business may fail to thrive and stand out from competitors. A good reputation can take years of hard work to build, and just one error to destroy. Something that can quickly destroy a reputation is a poor hygiene rating. Having a proper pest control scheme in place can help you keep that hygiene rating high and your reputation even higher. With hygiene ratings being available in the public domain, it doesn’t [...]
Chris Saunders joins Harvey Environmental Services as commercial director, bringing 26 years of experience in the pest control, washroom and facilities services sector to the table. Chris joins Harvey from OCS Group UK Ltd, where he held a number of senior leadership roles including sales director, Cannon Pest Control, and head of sales, OCS Specialist Services; responsible for the new business growth of five sectors; commercial specialist cleaning, electrical compliance, security systems, window cleaning and grounds maintenance. Chris said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Harvey Environmental Services and I am really pleased to be working within the [...]
Here’s a question for you…when carrying out a new build or refurbishment project, at what point do you engage with a pest controller? a) Right from the outset b) When works are nearly complete c) When the premises are ready to open You can guess what we’re going to say is the right answer can’t you? We’re currently working with clients undergoing refurbishments of their restaurants and they took our advice to keep us in the loop every step of the way. Why? There are a number of reasons. First, we can keep a close eye on any existing pest [...]