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Bed Bug or Flea Bite - How to Know the Difference UK Holidays Parks, Hotels and Spas are now open for business after months of being closed due to Covid 19 and thousands of British tourists are expected to visit the UK's most beautiful tourist spots over the next couple of months. However, as many British tourists choose a staycation over a holiday abroad and the UK in the middle of both flea and bed bug season, we ask the question - how clean is your BED, and is that bite from a bed bug or flea?
Gulls 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.
9 Reasons why we're different Reason No. 5 You Keep Us Informed From on route messages or emails to our industry leading photographic reporting instantly delivered as standard
Birmingham City Council recently successfully prosecuted two shops after discovering 'chewed' packets of food in their storerooms upon inspections. The shops were found to have no adequate pest control measures in place. Inspectors were also very concerned that the property maintenance finding gaps and crevices in the building and notably gaps under the door.
9 Reasons why we're different Reason No. 4 You Manage Risk Your risk is our risk. From single site to multi-national accounts, your dedicated account manager will work directly with site to achieve pest free status.
A recent study has found that stress can actually cause grey hair! Scientists at Harvard University interested in the effects of stress on hair colour found that the same nerves involved in the fight-or-flight response can cause permanent damage to the cells responsible for producing hair colour in mice.
9 Reasons why we're different Reason No. 3 You look at more than the obvious Our unique approach takes into account the site environment, hygiene, proofing standards, drainage systems and architectural designs. Thinking differently to solve the problem
9 Reasons why we're different Reason No. 2. We Are Always Close By
BPCA member company Contego got off the ground in 2004, following funding support from the Prince's Trust charity. Now going from strength-to-strength, Contego's CEO Michael Taylor talks about the importance of giving back: Full article available here: https://bpca.org.uk/News-and-Blog/michael-taylor-the-importance-of-giving-back/243727
Roaches? Good as pets? Not all cockroaches are deemed to be pests. We associate roaches with dirty, inhabitable environments but most roach species reside in forests, caves, jungles and county surroundings. They serve a great purpose in breaking down organic matter, in a similar way that flies do.
9 Reasons why we're different Reason No. 1. We Are Awesome
The biggest pest problem faced by hotels is Bedbugs. France’s bed bug problem has seen the number of cases go from 180,000 to 400,000 in just two years. The bed bug infestation that is worsening across France has left hoteliers and residents in Paris struggling to find a remedy to a problem that leaves them often out of pocket and out of home. A Paris hotel group head has admitted that even high-end hotels in the French capital are affected by a pest infestation that’s getting worse across.
If you run a business in the hospitality sector, you’ll know that food hygiene regulations are very stringent. A lapse in food quality or contamination can cost your business dearly in terms of lost reputation or you might even be forced to close. Not to mention the hazard it poses to public health. Controlling pests is therefore a crucial part of your business operations. Pest control is also a part of the Food Hygiene Rating for your business.
At the heart of our core company values is ‘To beware of our environment.’ As a company we collectively feel we need to do what we can to protect it. It really matters to us….. a lot. We have made an ongoing commitment to supporting the creation of new woodlands in the UK. A project to mitigate the impact of our greenhouse gas emissions whilst making a contribution to wider environment.
Contego Environmental Services Ltd · January 8 · Not maintaining basic food hygiene standards can land you with hefty fines as a Reading takeaway found out last summer. Hot Stuff in Oxford Road was taken to court by Reading Borough Council after Inspectors found rat droppings in food preperation areas and rats in all parts of the Indian takeaway and closed it down. The officers also found no food safety management scheme in place and insufficient staff training. The business had scored a zero in the food hygiene ratings and shown little improvement at inspections following the closure.
WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE SO MUCH MORE. With the help of team Contego the business has been growing since 2004 and has now become a well established and respected leading company within the UK pest industry.
The Chinese New Year of 2020 falls on Saturday 25th January and ends on February 11th 2021. This year, it is the year of the Metal Rat. The Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020. 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals
Pest advice for controlling Rats There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus Norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The Rattus Rattus, referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat is now rarely found in the UK.
WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN ACIEVE SO MUCH MORE. With the help of team Contego the business has been growing since 2004 and has now become a well established and respected leading company within the UK pest industry. We are a really strong focused and driven group of individuals here who all from the newest apprentices to the business technicians and senior management have a say in taking this business forward – each of us taking pride in doing so.
It's almost 2020 but did you know 2020 it a leap year? A Leap Day, February 29, is added to the calendar during leap years. This extra day makes the year 366 days long – not 365 days, like a common year. Women can ask a man to marry her. Role reversal on leap day.
⭐ This month we are profiling Shane Mckenna ⭐ Shane is our Technical and Training Manager and is responsible for providing outstanding service and technical support to clients and training our Contego Heros. Shane is the man behind our Technical Tuesday. Shane joined Contego in February this year after spending over 12 years working in pest control for a national pest provider.
Pest advice for controlling Mice Can you hear the pitter-patter of tiny footsteps behind the skirting? Does Tom keep bringing Jerry in from the garden? Mice are a part of British wildlife - but when they take up residence with you, they can be a cause for concern.
Bird Control | Bird Spikes Pest birds can cause a whole host of problems for your business. They are a health and safety risk, they spread diseases, they can cause damage to property and goods, and they can be noisy and aggressive.
Residents of a Plymouth estate are fuming after building management have failed to eradicate a mouse infestation invading flats. One resident said that Christmas is 'ruined' as 'presents which were wrapped have been ruined either by mouse pee and poop or by the mice gnawing at them', and residents are afraid to have relatives visit over Christmas as 'all you can smell when you walk into your home is mice pee'.
Christmas is nearly upon us and there's a chance there's more than just a mouse stirring. With all the fun and food at the tables over the festivities, we could reduce the risk of inviting unwanted pests into our houses. If it wasn't for the fleas a leaping around like lords or the ants eating your favourite cake. There's a high-risk a mouse is sneaking around for spilt nuts.
Working Together, We Can Achieve So Much More With the help of team Contego the business has been growing since 2004 and has now become a well established and respected leading company within the UK pest industry.
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#throwbackthursday Special throwback this week to Dec 2009 when our CEO was recognised as one of the North Easts top 30 under 30 young entrepreneurs. As you can see Michael's ambitions were to rebrand, expand nationally and be know a multi-service provider Bring on the next 10 years
#Onthejob- Hospitals Pest birds can cause a whole host of problems for your business. They are a health and safety risk, they spread diseases, they can cause damage to property and goods, and they can be noisy and aggressive. We have unrivalled experience in proofing buildings against pest birds like pigeons, gulls, and starlings. Our experience ranges from working on complex sites like rail platforms, power stations, petrol station, hospitals and chemical plants, as well as hundreds of supermarket stores.
Scotland’s largest health board - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - have paid contractors £448,879 to get rid of rats, flies, cockroaches, silverfish, ants and pigeons at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) campus since opening in the summer of 2015. The figure makes up more than half the total spend on pest control for the whole NHSGGC estate.
Hospitals are a haven for all pests if not managed and monitored correctly. This is why it is essential for good, quality, high-level pest control at all times. The main aims are to protect the public, staff and sterile environments. We need to be protected from bacteria and infections which many pests carry with them. Sometimes, this is extremely difficult to control with so many people entering these sites every day, from all walks of life. Visitors, staff and contractors on sites mean that an open-door policy cannot be controlled. Some entrances are not protected at all, therefore making it easy for many pests to breed, harbour and find food easily.
Grown in Britain is urging consumers and retailers to choose certified British-grown Christmas trees this winter, for an independent assurance they are grown in the UK, high on quality and freshness and low on tree miles.
Giving back is so important in business and in life.  We can all do a little more than we are right now I'm sure you will agree. Part of our company values at Contego is ‘To support each other’ this transcends not only to our teams but also the wider community as a whole.  Read on to hear more from our CEO...
Christmas is nearly upon us and it's nearly time to put up the beloved tree. In most houses the main focus is the tree and whilst many choose a plastic tree, some of us opt for the traditional real tree which can bring in unwanted insects and pests. The UK alone sells between 7 and 8 million trees each year so it would be wise to check your tree before you bring it into your house. Common trees are Norway spruces and other coniferous firs.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council are considering implementing fines to combat the rising gull issue in the town. A report to the committee states, over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of gull-related complaints to the council. Figures show complaints more than doubled over twelve months, with 33 reports made in 2018 while this year the figure has risen to 80.
Did you Gnaw? Rodents of all types have adapted to their environment in any which way they can to survive. They have been known to live under snow in freezing conditions, living in cold stores inside meat carcasses. They have adapted that quickly that we have even seen mice with furry feet and thick furry heads like the mane of a lion.
Pigeons in city centres aren't an uncommon sight. A wander through Paris, and you might notice a high proportion of them are missing toes! There are many theories behind the cause of this; however, pigeon experts have also noticed that birds often have string or human hair wrapped around their toes and feet. The hair/string can eventually tighten, cutting off circulation and leading to tissue death and the toe falling off
Not all cockroaches are deemed to be pests. We associate roaches with dirty, inhabitable environments but most roach species reside in forests, caves, jungles and county surroundings. They serve a great purpose in breaking down organic matter, in a similar way that flies do.
THERE ARE 2 COMMON TYPES OF COCKROACH, AMONGST OTHERS, WHICH ARE PROLIFIC IN THE UK… GERMAN COCKROACH (BLATTA GERMANICA) 2 dark stripes on the thorax. 12-15mm in length (much smaller than oriental). Mainly found indoors. Love wet humid conditions. Thrive in kitchens and bathrooms. Carries the ootheca (nymph sac) until hatched. The ootheca has 30-40 eggs/nymphs inside ready for hatching, 8mm long.
You may recall in one of our previous Technical Tuesdays we have been participating in a research study by University of Reading's Vertebrate Pests Unit, covering house mice and rats. Preliminary results finds 93% and 61% respectively carrying at least one rodenticide-resistance gene.
Fly Control at Work and at Home. The key to resolving any fly issue is to identify the source of the problem. Find the breeding and feeding sites and clean thoroughly. Remove the moisture or defect and keep the area as dry as possible. Remember, most flies need moisture or liquid to thrive.
Eboni joins the admin team this week as an apprentice at our head office in Newton Aycliffe. 
Well done team 
Wind in the willows is now a reality. Researchers in Virginia have created a tiny rat operated vehicle and taught them to drive. Using food as a reward and encourage them into and then press on a small aluminium pedal to move the vehicle. Rats could drive in a forward direction and follow more complex patterns.
Now that the temperatures are falling and winter is slowing setting upon us, we've got frost setting in; the rats are starting to migrate and move nests, so we see higher levels of activity rodent as the rats burrow underground and try to get inside our premises. It is therefore imperative at this time of year to make sure your properties are proofed against rats entering. We have visited a site today, where rats were gaining access via the cladding underneath the perimeter of the building. To stop this, we have dug half a metre down into the gravel and installed an L shaped bracket at the bottom so, when the rats burrow down the dig back on themselves and stop burrowing.
Property managers are being warned to make pest control a priority after a Kent mother of two, who had been living with a rodent infestation for over 9 years, recently won a court case against her landlord.
Resistance is everywhere! Or is it? Contego will be supporting the University of Reading research project into Rodent Resistance. What is Resistance? Newer generations of rodents have a mutation in their genetic code, which allows them to survive what is known previously to be a lethal dose of poison.
Callouts for rats are starting to increase as the change in weather and heavy rain drives them indoors to seek warmth and shelter during the winter months. Rats can have up to 6 litters a year each with approximately 6-12 babies, it's estimated Britain's brown rat population stands at 120m (almost double the human population).
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Our top tips for keeping Insects at bay in the heatwave
A question we a very often asked is are Bees protected under UK law? Read on to find out more
A Durham-based pest and bird control business is celebrating 15 years in operation after its founder received vital support from The Prince’s Trust to get it off the ground. Michael Taylor, now 34, from Spennymoor, was just 18 when he took part in The Trust’s Enterprise programme, which helps unemployed young people to start their own business, in 2004. The 700th business client supported by The Trust in County Durham, he received a £500 grant followed by a £1,500 loan, as well as an experienced business mentor for his first year of trading.
Natural England have announced they are revoking three general licences for controlling certain wild birds as of Thursday 25 April 2019. These licences (GL 04/05/06) cover 16 species of birds including several members of the crow family, Canada goose, some gulls and pigeons.
Contego Win 'Community Initiative of the Year' Award at the BPCA PestEx 2019 event.
Rain rain go away don’t come back another day! Is it just me or does the rain seam to be perpetual lately? I’m  seriously considering building an arc at head office! in our latest blog we discuss pests that love and hate the rain ...
Gone are the days where you ventured to the coast to spot a ‘seagull’.  Our warm, high, predator free rooftops have become havens for nesting colonies making them a very common pest in unexpected areas of the UK. This is an upward trend since the mid 70’s as fish stocks deplete and our streets and landfills provide ample food for gulls to feed and raise young on. Nationally its predicted there are over 1 million pairs of urban breeding gulls dominating our roof spaces. The most common species being  Herring Gull (common grey seagull) Lesser Black-backed Gull Greater Black-backed Gull The Problem  During the breeding season (Approx March - August with peak feeding in July.  Gulls can become extremely aggressive in a bid to protect eggs and young. This is when you see reports of gulls swooping on people or their pets in a bid to deter perceived fret or an attempt to grab food.
Contego has been nominated and shortlisted for two awards at the upcoming British Pest Management Awards 2019
Taking a proactive approach to pest control can not only ensure tenant satisfaction and retention but can help protect property and ultimately landlord investment form unexpected repairs and expensive reactionary measures. Heres why:
You may have seen the deaths of two (possibly a third, to be confirmed) patients of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital over the weekend. The patients sadly contracted Cryptococcosis, a fungal infection spread from pathogens present in pigeon droppings. It’s believed pigeons were entering a machine room within the hospital which has enabled the disease to spread through the hospitals ventilation system. 
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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