Limiting the range of pests through vermin management in void properties

Updated: Jun 24


Empty property can be vulnerable to pests, so React Specialist Cleaning’s void property clearance service includes vermin management.

There’s an old saying that in urban areas you’re never more than six feet away from a rat. In fact, a more educated guess is that you’re more likely to be 50 metres away from a rat on average in most UK cities. To provide an added level of comfort, most of those rats are limited to sewers or open spaces. However, there are some instances where the presence of rats and other vermin is more of a potential problem. For example, void properties are particularly prone to pests. This is especially true with properties where there have been issues of cleanliness or which have been vacant for a while. In our latest blog, we’re going to take a closer look at our vermin management service for void properties.

Furred, feathered and crawling pests in void properties

At any one time, you’d expect there to be some void properties in a mature property market such as the UK’s. Landlords will occasionally have the occupants of their property move out before they find new tenants. Similarly, it can take time to deal with the affairs of deceased homeowners or those who have moved into long-term social care. But the number of long-term vacant properties has been trending upwards in recent years, according to latest government figures. There were reportedly over 215,000 residential properties across the UK that had been vacant for more than six months in the year to October 2018. And that’s even before you factor in void commercial property.

Vermin can take advantage of such empty properties to find shelter. Especially during the winter months, an unheated empty building can still provide protection from the elements. If there are even small amounts of food left in the property, they can be attracted to it; and unemptied compost or rubbish bins can be particularly problematic. Rodents and insects can easily search undisturbed for vulnerable entry points into vacant buildings. These can include damaged pipework, drains, or gaps in the brickwork or under the eaves. Birds can also take advantage of broken windows or gaps in brickwork to take up residence.

Vermin management that tackles real-life problems

Our void property clearance service can deal with the results of any infestation. We commit to returning property to a safe, hygienic and usable state as quickly as possible. We eliminate health hazards, removing waste (including hazardous and bio-hazardous products) and cleaning the property to the required standard. Our specialist cleaning team is highly trained, medically fit, well-equipped, security cleared and inoculated to protect themselves from hazard. We operate to industry leading standards, and we’re also a licensed waste carrier with a fully traceable waste disposal system.

We aim to solve practical problems in vermin management. Take guano and bird control. Left unchecked, guano from urban pigeons presents a risk to health, with potentially fatal consequences through the inhalation of associated fungus. Bird droppings are also highly corrosive and can cause structural damage to buildings. Our team will thoroughly clean affected areas and apply specialist treatment to ensure bacteria and fungus is eradicated. We also provide solutions to prevent birds congregating on buildings, to avoid the build-up of droppings.

With React Specialist Cleaning on your side, you’ll feel more comfortable dealing with void properties. We can’t necessarily increase your average distance from the nearest rat. But through vermin management, we can help to ensure that pests are not a risk to health or hygiene. #VoidPropertyCleaning #PestControl #VerminManagement

Contact one of the team today to find out more about vermin management and our range of other specialist cleaning services for void property clearance.

Post by Shaun D. Doak

Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.

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