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Controlling Pests

posted 09/07/2019 - 11:17

No commercial, retail or industrial property can be guaranteed pest free; modern building techniques like stud partitioning, breeze blocks, false flooring and main service voids are ideal environments for pests. Working with your contractor, however, you can keep infestations to the minimum:

Check your contract

You need a contract, which will normally include eight inspections a year, minimum. Inspections should include all areas where pests could harbour and reproduce undisturbed. Your contractor should have health and safety accreditations, insurance, and belong to the British Pest Control Association, with all staff qualified to the RSPH Level Two in pest control.

Proof your premises

Proofing against mice should be looked at as part of an overall integrated pest control system. Effective proofing will restrict rather than totally exclude mice. Bristle stripping the bottom of doors, especially external and riser cupboard doors, should restrict movement and keep mice out of the office areas.

External airbricks and weep holes should be checked and regularly inspected, and specially designed covers put on them if necessary. Bird spikes on ledges, and girders beneath fire escapes and parapets will stop pigeons making a mess. Netting on light wells prevents birds gaining access to sheltered areas at the back of buildings, which is critical as pigeons bring with them bird mite, fleas and flies. Fouling blocks gutters and air-conditioning intakes.

Fly control

You need fly-control units in kitchenettes, catering areas, bin rooms and delivery bays to catch them before they enter the building. Units available include the old-fashioned ‘sparking’ units and glue-board units that can be moved around affected offices, particularly in those offices that suffer from autumn cluster flies.

Bird nets

Check bird netting after stormy weather; birds can easily become tangled and trapped in damaged netting which causes distress but can lead to further damage.

Trapped birds should be released safely and carefully to minimise stress. Dead birds should be disposed of by a registered company. Holes will also allow birds to enter and set up home so repairs should be carried out quickly and safely by professionals.


Foodstuffs left in bins overnight feed pests. Crumbs in a crisp packet are a tasty meal for mice, and apple cores in a bin provide a perfect breeding ground for fruit flies.

Simple hygiene rules can restrict pest build up, so keep it tidy. Ask staff to keep any foodstuffs in sealed containers.

When pests enter

Regular pest control inspections should keep rodents under control. Rodenticides will have been positioned as a first line of defence, but if they are in the offices, rodenticide placement should be extended and visits from your pest control company increased.

Your pest control contractor should work with you – good pest control is a two-way street! Flies and other insects can be treated using ultra low-volume insecticide applicators during out-of-hours periods. Insect detectors can be installed discretely throughout buildings and regularly checked to monitor insect activity.

Work with the contractor

Your contractor should complete a full report at the end of each inspection. Many pest control companies nowadays use digital reporting, making the report available within minutes. The reports should be read carefully.

With thanks to Paul Bates, Managing Director of Cleankill Environmental Services

About TemcoUK Facility Services

Since 2001 Temco has been operating in the UK in a wide range of environments, from servicing the meticulous demands of medical clean rooms to daily office cleaning in commercial and industrial environments in both private and public sectors.

Combining professional standards with flexible management structures, the company prides itself on offering consistently high results alongside outstanding client service.  Based in west London, TemcoUK Facility Services employs over 450 staff with a turnover in excess of £5m.


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