Question green credentials

Features Posted 28/02/20
With most councils in the South East declaring climate emergencies every company should be playing their part which includes questioning their suppliers about their green credentials.

Contractors, whether they look after IT systems, lighting, catering, cleaning or pest control, should be able to demonstrate that they are being as ‘green’ as possible.

Thanks to customer demand and the drive by companies like Cleankill to operate responsibly and ethically, the pest control industry is changing and natural pest control and the return to traditional pest control methods like traps is on the rise. Practically every business needs a pest-prevention contract with a series of planned visits to monitor activity and make sure problems are spotted early. This gives ‘peace of mind’ to businesses, particularly those involved with food production or retail which demand the highest standards of hygiene.

With offices in Surrey, Sussex, Bristol and Bucks, Cleankill has won several ‘green’ awards and consideration for the environment continues to be at the heart of the way the company does business.

Cleankill managing director Paul Bates explains: “Whether it’s travelling, office work or in the field, we go above and beyond, to demonstrate our green credentials and we are dedicated to being greener and helping customers reduce their carbon footprints by operating in an environmentally sensitive way. More companies are looking to procure from suppliers with green credentials which is very encouraging.”

All pest control companies should have the approach of Exclusion, Restriction and Destruction (as a last resort). ‘Exclusion’ means looking at where pests are entering a premises and blocking entrance points. ‘Restriction’ means creating unfavourable conditions for pests and ‘destruction’ means the physical elimination of pests. Traditional traps should be used where appropriate for rodents and pesticides used as a last resort.

Cleankill is a corporate member of the Bat Conservation Trust and regularly works with Natural England, the RSPB and beekeepers throughout the country.

Sometimes effective pest control requires a combination of approaches, particularly when it comes to bird control. Nesting pigeons can cause a range of problems and seagulls can cause issues by being aggressive toward people particularly around nesting time. The most natural of bird control methods is using predator birds. It is particularly suitable for places where customers don’t want netting or spikes. They are also perfect for sports stadia and open-air markets.

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