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Birds and humans can in the main live harmoniously in any environment. However, certain species thrive on the human food supplies and find safe shelter on our buildings. Warm roofs and ample sized ledges become ideal nesting sites for birds and flock numbers increase. This activity can cause  many health and safety issues such as fouling on the buildings and path ways, nesting debris blocking drains and insects infestations from nest debris and carcasses.
Overview of 2018 from the CEO
Kittiwakes threatened to halt Demolition of Scarborough's Futurist Theatre until Contego stepped in and created an action plan to enable work to continue.
Well done to all those that participated, including our very own CEO. Over £20,000 has been raised so far with funds being divided between CEO Sleepout, Changing Lives and First Stop.
As a truly national independent pest control company, It’s actually quite scary, just how big our Carbon Footprint is. Whilst undertaking all the usual measures the reduce our environmental impact we felt we quite simply were not doing enough. So, we have partnered with Forest Carbon to plant trees in protected forests across the UK to compensate for the unavoidable impact created servicing client needs.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Proud to announce we are an accredited Living Wage Employer
Bed Bug numbers are on the up but how do you spot an infestation?
Spiders are everywhere at the moment find out why they are actually good to have around
IN THE NEWS: Rentokil acquired Mitie's pest control division last week so, what exactly does that mean for the Pest Industry? Our CEO shares his thoughts....
As Contego prepares for the next stage of our journey to become the leading independent pest control business in the UK we have appointed a new Managing Director
You have a pest problem but just how exactly do pests get into our premises?
Well Done to Michael Taylor and Kirsty Taylor who completed the iconic Great North Run on Sunday 9th September 2018 raising over £800 for CRUK
Uber changed the Taxi Industry forever, are Contego about to do the same for the Pest Control industry?
Are hawks the magic answer to every pest bird problem?
Gulls are becoming more and more of a problem with many reports of them attacking members of the public in an attempt to steal food find out why feeding them is a bad idea
Innovation in pest control: Is the E-mitter future alterative to Non toxic?
Find out why January quite literally got off to a Flying start for Managing Director Michael Taylor
When staying at a hotel guests expect high levels on cleanliness and it is extremely important for hotels to ensure that this is the case. Having pests in your hotel can not only be a public health risk but they can also damage your reputation and custom. Having a pest problem in your hotel can affect your guests in different ways including illnesses and irritating bites, definitely not something you would want your hotel to become known for.
As the darker nights are drawing in and the colder weather starts to make an appearance there is nothing nicer than cosying up on the sofa in your winter warmers whilst sheltering from the elements but, unfortunately, pests such as rats, mice and various insects are thinking the exact same thing and are looking for ways to share your warm and cosy homes with you.
When carrying out a construction project, the area you are building on can be home to many pests and rodents meaning that you are disrupting their habitat. This can then mean that a pest infestation can soon become a problem on your site which can encourage the spread of disease as well as damages to materials and new structures. If you find that your site has become a home to mice, rats or any other types of pests make sure that you take a look at the reliable pest control services that we provide.
It is very easy to mistake a bee and a wasp because of their similar appearances and their capability to both give a nasty sting if they are inclined too. Being able to differentiate a bee from a wasp is very important in order to be able to treat a sting correctly and to carry out the correct type of pest control.
When serving food to customers, whether you are a fast food outlet, a cafe or a sit-down restaurant, a butchers, bakery, hospital, or school it is important to ensure that your premises are in line with the guidelines set out by The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Pest control is an important part of due diligence when it comes to the production of food and the presence of pests at any establishment can be one of the biggest factors in lowering your food hygiene rating. Your food hygiene rating is a crucial part of getting customers through the door and a low score will turn many people away so it is definitely not a good idea to be nonchalant where pest control is concerned.
As we enter the warmer months here in the UK we can find ourselves exposed to a variety of pests that can be inclined to invade our homes and provide many problems. Following on from our pests in the winter blog we are going to take a look at the prime suspects you may come up against this summer and actions you can take to prevent them from becoming an issue in your home or workplace.
The signs that you have a mouse infestation problem can, in a lot of cases, be quite obvious however, do you know how to figure out which type of mouse has taken over your property? Different breeds of mice have varying habits so in this blog we are going to be discussing the different species of pest mice and their behaviour so you can not only diagnose a mouse infestation but you will also be able to know which breed of mouse has begun to make themselves at home.
Pests are a nuisance and need controlling but some critters are impossible to control such as the creatures found on this list of the most dangerous insects in the world.
Seagulls are becoming more and more of a problem with many reports of them attacking members of the public in an attempt to steal food. With the warmer spring and summer months hopefully in the not too distant future and many of us flocking to seaside towns to enjoy a nice day out we thought it would be a good idea to let you know why feeding seagulls is a bad idea.
Going about our day to day work we hear a lot of rumours surrounding pests and the best way to get rid of them, a lot of which are untrue, so we wanted to clear up some of the myths surrounding pests and provide you with the cold hard facts.
When it comes to winter time, thinking about insects and rodents is not the first problem that will come to mind. The cold weather, the ice, the snow, travelling to and from work is more likely to be the main problem that we focus on. People don’t realise how important it is to take note of pests in their home especially now that it is close to winter and what to do when it comes to getting rid of them.
Leading pest control company achieves ISO 9001.
To spike or not to spike, that is the question. Here is a perfect example of why we recommend bird spikes to protect your premises from visiting birds...
Town Councils face a constant battle with pigeons - and people who feed pigeons. One council which tried a new approach was Chester City Council ...
As you know 'Time Flies', so now is a good time to prepare for any possible problems from Britain's 100,000 breeding pairs of urban seagulls this spring and summer.
Everyone loves the Meerkats - even Arnold Schwarzenegger!
An £8 million refurbishment project has recently been completed on York Art Gallery - and Contego are pleased to have played a part in protecting this magnificent building for future generations.
No matter how big your business or brand is, it can be quickly damaged by bad publicity. If it's Health & Safety related and you are in the food business it can be fatal. Customer confidence is everything.
CONGRATULATIONS to Neil Fraser on his appointment as Trainee Field Sales Executive here at Contego.
Introducing Contego365 our new year-round protection programme for your business.
People think that recycling is a new idea, but when we were kids we used to search the streets all day for discarded glass bottles which all had a deposit on them.
Hope everyone has survived 'Chaos Monday'. Today saw the introduction of a 5p charge for plastic bags at the supermarket, which has caused panic across England, according to the newspapers this morning, (although the charges are already in place across Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland with no apocalypse sighted).
Grey squirrels (right) were first introduced into the UK in 1876, as 'pets' for an estate garden. The owner brought a pair back from America, and greys soon became fashionable amongst his friends.There are now an estimated 2.5 million grey squirrels in the UK!
We had the "Killer Seagulls" earlier in the Summer, now the National Press has lots of stories about the False Widow Spider invading Britain.
It's a beautiful Summer's morning in Orpington, Kent. The skies are blue, the birds are singing, and as you open your windows to let in some fresh air THE SMELL hits you! - See more at: http://www.contegoresponse.com/news/81/what-a-load-of-rubbish#sthash.As1zEExu.dpuf
Well, July gave us record-breaking temperatures - followed by the usual rain! Great news for your grassland areas which may well resemble a jungle by now! Fortunately, at Contego Response we understand the importance of good and effective grounds maintenance.
Don't try this at home (Part 2) !! Following on from our warning about DIY rat control, please be careful if you decide to try and tackle a wasps nest.
"Sleep tight. Don't let the Bed Bugs bite." Probably one of your grandparents' favourite sayings to you at bedtime.
Parts of the UK saw their hottest ever July day on Wednesday, with temperatures reaching 98F at Heathrow Airport.
Contego bird control and proofing division. We use a wide range of tactics against nuisance birds, including these audio deterrents which we installed on a factory roof which was experiencing problems with visiting birds.
You may well have seen one or two pigeons on the roof of your business premises, and not thought much about it. That was probably at the beginning of the year, but now June is here and those 'few' have increased considerably in number and are now a large, visible pigeon population.
Today we begin our Health & Safety lesson at Chapter 8 in the manual.... Chapter 8 (2009) of the The Traffic Signs Manual, to be precise.
"Grub's Up". I can still hear those magic words from my childhood, shouted across the football pitch by my father, to signal that 'tea' was ready and the football had to cease for the day. I raced home to find my mother dishing-up Bangers & Mash, Shepherd's Pie or similar hearty Northern 'grub'.
After 800 years, a new study has concluded that rats were not to blame for the spread of 'The Black Death' (bubonic plague), which wiped out entire towns and eventually killed 60% of the population of medieval Europe. Instead, the culprits are now believed to have been giant Gerbils!
Congratulations to Contego Response National Sales Manager Jonathan Taylor, who has just passed the CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS). The 5 day SMSTS course covers The Health & Safety at Work Act as applied to the building, construction and civil engineering industries. 
Save the bees! Whilst we sometimes have to undertake pest control, we are also conscious to help our friendly wildlife. Honey bees across the world are in decline, under threat from viruses, and without beekeepers to care for them they could disappear in a few years.
Spring is here, and love is in the air - especially for Britain's 100,000 breeding pairs of urban seagulls nesting in towns and cities around our nation. Probably on a roof near you!
Autumn is fast approaching, and we reach the time of year when we usually have most rainfall. I know it often seems like that every month, but October to January is the wettest time of year.*

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