Why should pest control companies get involved in a void clearance?
Void spaces that have an excess of waste and hoarding materials are prone to the most extensive pest infestations. These infestations increase the contamination risks for waste clearance staff. It is very difficult to clear a pest infestation from a void clearance, so it is normally safer and more cost effective for the pest control company to clear the infestation and the waste simultaneously.
Expertise in Pest Identification
Pest Control surveyors bring a wealth of specialised knowledge and experience. They will be able to identify a diverse range of pests that could potentially have taken up residence in the void space. Correct identification of pests is crucial in void clearance jobs. Many pests thrive in hidden, unoccupied spaces. Surveyors will be able to look for the subtle signs of pest presence in order to put plans in place to protect the workers carrying out the service from potentially hazardous materials.
Several pests, such as rodents, insects and birds, are known to carry diseases that pose a risk to human health. Void spaces are a breeding ground for these communicable diseases such as Hantaviruses, Salmonella and Ornithosis.
Specialised Equipment and Techniques
Pest control technicians have a variety of specialist products and equipment to ensure the void spaces are left safe for future occupants. ULV (ultra-low volume) machines can be used to decontaminate the areas and ensure any disinfected fully. The technicians will use a commercial biocide, approved only for professional use through an ultra-low volume machine to eliminate viruses and bacteria on all surfaces. The microscopic droplets created using the ULV machine will penetrate surfaces, cracks and crevices.
Any pest infestations that are active can be treated alongside the void clearance service to optimise the effectiveness of the treatment. It is common for pest controllers to treat multiple pests within a void space such as rodents and cockroaches or bed bugs.
Proactive Prevention Measures
Following the clearance, pest controllers are best placed to provide proofing to ensure rodents are unable to return. With void clearances, we tend to find the infestations have been ongoing for a long time and rodents in the area will be familiar with the access points to the premises. Carrying out proofing following a void clearance job is the best way to prevent further infestations.
Time and Cost efficiency
Undoubtedly, pest control will need to be a part of your plan to deal with void clearances. If you instruct an alternative company to carry out the clearance, you will first need a pest control team to deal with any active pest infestations, and clear any droppings, urine and dead pests found on the site before the cleaning takes place. At Beaver Pest Control, we have experienced scenarios where the void clearance team have had to stop carrying out the service part way through the job to allow pest control back in to carry out treatment and clearances of hazardous pest waste that wasn’t initially accessible before carrying on. This has delayed jobs and cost more in the long run to carry out the extra call-outs.
This is why we, at Beaver Pest Control, have decided to invest in our specialist team to carry out void clearances. We use our knowledge and expertise in pest control to ensure void clearances can be carried out safely and efficiently.
If you would like to find out more about our void clearance services, contact us on 020 8355 3443.