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KISS Pest Control

KISS postAs part of the HD (High dependency) team it means that our clients are usually high profile and a pest internally can result in a loss of lots of money to them.

HD have the task of keeping a eye on food processing and/or manufacturers and places where food is stored and sold this includes many food shop chains; individual stores earn the company peanuts but times that by hundreds and sometimes thousands of outlets of the same company then you’re into big bugs (sorry) big bucks (Kerrrrching££££) or should it be (Kerrrching$$$$$). When inspecting these places you find that the same problems may be relevant to not just one particular store but, as I am sure my colleagues will agree, to stores up and down the country.

Rentokil welcome matSimple things such as closing doors may act as a barrier to birds and rodents; but with doors wide open you might as well put a welcome mat and a neon sign saying ‘ENTER HERE’. Once they’re in it, is very difficult to find and control these animals.

Another thing that causes the humble pest controller a problem is the disposal and storage of damaged or out of date food. This material (as you can guess) is a magnet for pests. Numerous places store their waste externally. This causes problems as sometimes their bin facilities are inadequate and so leaking compacters and open skips provide pests with a smorgasbord of food. Let’s face it if you’re a pest what would you eat:

  • bait put down by a strange human (Disclaimer: I am not saying all of the technicians are strange, they are human though!) or
  • decaying sausages freshly dumped in a large skip near your nest (I know it’s not much of a choice but these pests can’t afford to be choosy).

The problem is that these pests then get a bit braver and look for more food and where do they go? Yes, that’s right – through the neon lit signs situated next to the open doors. This then becomes a vicious circle (and we’re not talking about a roundabout with a chainsaw).

All I can say is that if these places KISSed then it would make my job and my colleagues jobs a lot easier and it would also prevent their companies losing lots of money which makes them and us a little bit happier.

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One Comment

  1. Posted January 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I think the biggest issue with food processing or warehouse facility is lack of follow through. We mention that the door needs to be sealed or closed and no one does it. Information written on service tickets is a great way to have issues addressed. Great article.

    Keith

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