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Chair joins pest control team for a day

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Published: 01/08/2013

Cllr Boulton asked to see the team in action after learning that they are donating their fees for talks on pest control to his official charities, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital and the Bristol Aero Collection.

Summer is traditionally a busy time for the team with wasps in particular causing problems for residents and businesses, and Cllr Boulton was able to get some hands-on experience of their vital work on several call-outs.

He said: “Pest control is a low-profile but vital aspect of the council’s work and I was delighted to join the team for a day to see them in action.

“I was amazed at the variety of the team’s work which covers everything from wasps’ nests and rats to fumigating buildings suffering from flea and cockroach infestation.

He added: “It was particularly interesting to learn how important pest control can be for our local businesses. For example in extreme cases, rat and mice infestation can close entire businesses down for days or even weeks so it’s good to know the team are available to deal with it quickly and effectively.”

Pest control officer Tim Powles said: “It was great to have Ian along for the day and to tell him about the importance of good pest control.

“Fortunately most of us are rarely troubled by pests but when an infestation happens it can have quite serious consequences with harm or injury to humans and damage to property.

“The main culprits tend to be rodents, flies, cockroaches and other insects which can all cause infection and food contamination. Rats and mice can even cause fires by gnawing through electrical cables and flooding by gnawing through pipes.

“In an unregulated industry like pest control, it is good to know that our customers can be sure of a safe and professional service from fully qualified officers with years of experience.”

The council’s pest control team deal with more than 2,000 requests for treatment each year, ranging from wasps in the summer to rats and mice in the winter, and are available for both commercial and residential work.

For further information or to request a visit, call 01454 868001.

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