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22
Sep

Sending out the right message

If you saw a pest control van outside of a restaurant, what would you think? Would you think? “I won’t go there because they have a pest problem!” “I will go there because they obviously take pest control…
9
Aug

Whatever your gender, pest control is a great career choice

This month we hear from Deborah Boulton, who works for Des Bone, part of the Cleankill family, about how she got into pest control and why she thinks this is a great career, no matter what your gender is!…
21
Jul

Surveying with Mark

Following on from our recent blogs – The Power of Insights and Bird Control: Falconry and Proofing – we hear from Vickie as she spends a day with surveyor Mark Hobbs. Here’s what she saw…and smelt! What I can…
6
Jul

Why I took part in the South Coast Mighty Hike in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

By Louise Newman The simple answer is that I am a lucky cancer survivor! And we are off! In 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. This was, by far, the scariest moment of my life and…
30
Jun

Bird control: falconry and proofing

Samantha has been with Cleankill since June 2017, starting as a service administrator and then progressing to senior administrator and now administration supervisor. She oversees the team, ensuring requests…
31
May

The Power of Insights – walk (a few) miles in my shoes

Whoever first said, “you can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” is now long since been forgotten, but those words are quoted, requoted, misquoted and paraphrased all the time. Why…
26
Apr

Are you cyber-secure?

A few years ago, we were expecting an invoice to be paid and the money never turned up in our account. This was surprising because the payee was reputable and could always be relied upon to pay on time. What…
15
Mar

Are you getting what you pay for?

A few years ago I wrote a blog in which I told the story of how I was driving to a business luncheon with the Sutton United Business Club and I saw a sign offering wasps’ nest removal for £35. At the time I…
20
Jan

Being green: small things make a big difference

Sustainability is a lot more than just a trendy term businesses use to look caring. In my opinion, too many companies make statements about being green but can’t back them up. This ‘greenwashing’ must stop. We…
30
Dec

Your 2022 resolutions for pest control

The dawning of a new year is a time when many of us reflect on what has been and what will be. Resolutions are a great way to focus the mind on what we would like to do better, and that can include pest…
15
Nov

Why being green matters?

With the conclusion of COP26 in Glasgow and the furore surrounding sewage discharge into UK rivers, the environment is certainly making headline news at the moment.  As a company, sustainability and our impact…
29
Sep

Can you afford to fail at preventive pest control?

It has certainly been quite a week. As I was heading home to write this very blog someone crashed their motorbike in front of me. They were thrown across the bonnet of my car, smashing their head into my…
26
Jul

Be bold and succeed in business

Cleankill recently reached a milestone – we took on our 50th employee – something of which I’m really proud.  That’s not the only milestone we’ve reached in the last few months as, in April, our contract…
22
Jun

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Cockchafer

May was certainly a strange month. Last year, as we all went into Lockdown 1.0, the weather was glorious and everyone turned to the barbecue. This year the story was very different, with Spring 2021 being one…
6
May

Restaurants: Don’t Close Before You Reopen

In recent weeks, we’ve published several articles, blogs and social media posts reminding businesses about the importance of remembering preventive pest control when getting ready to reopen. This week, one…
29
Apr

Never Stop Training

I’m pleased to report we recently retained our Gold Investors in People Award following an exhaustive audit. We were the first English pest control company to receive gold certification, in 2018. It’s…
30
Mar

Surviving as a Rat

“Now, I’m a simple creature. I don’t want much from life, just somewhere safe to sleep, a little bit of warmth and, of course, access to water and food. Even when it comes to food, I’m not that fussy. Whatever…
24
Feb

What do you know about wasps?

We’ve just posted two stories about wasps on our social media sites and what is interesting is that, while one conforms to our stereotypical image of the wasp, the second article completely goes against our…
29
Jan

What 2020 Taught Me

New Year is a good time to reflect on the old and consider the new. Certainly, when I look back on 2020 it is with mixed feelings because it has been impossible to escape (literally) the impact of COVID-19. I…
26
Nov

No Time for Chicken Licken

At the end of September, Bank of England economist Andy Haldane said: “Now is not the time for the economics of Chicken Licken. My concern at present is that good news on the economy is being crowded out by…