Local Pest Control Services
MJ Backhouse at Chippindale Foods
We here at MJ Backhouse have been busy over the past few months, and one of our favourite clients we’ve had the opportunity to work with was Chippindale Foods.
The team at MJ Backhouse were called to protect the manufacturing area away from pests, particularly birds. The workmen had to use a cherry picker, due to the height of the building. Ultimately, 19mm black netting was used across four different canopy areas. Stainless steel wires and fixings were used in order to stop birds, in particularly, house martins and pigeons from nesting and roosting on the ledges of the canopies.
House Martins - The house martin is a small bird with glossy blue-black on the upper body, and pure white on the underbody. It has a distinctive white rump with a forked tail and, on close inspection, white feathers covering its legs and toes. Their nests are usually constructed with mud, and tend to be situated below the eaves of buildings.
Whilst the occupants of the residence that the house martin makes themselves uninvited visitors would argue they’re an irritant, they and their nests are a fully protected species under the Wildlife and Country Act, 1981. This makes it an offence if anyone is to intentionally kill, injure or take a wild bird/their eggs and their nests (whilst in use or being built). Ultimately, the act allows for fines up to £5000 and/or a 6-month prison sentence for every bird, egg or nest destroyed.
Pigeons - Feral pigeons are a common pest, mainly due to the disruption which they cause including: fouling buildings, creating unwanted ‘stained glass’ windows and ‘decorated’ architecture. The pigeon problem continues to cause more problems – as pigeons which fall sick, infect healthy ones with ornithosis (a transferrable disease from birds to humans in the form of pneumonia). Their accumulated droppings are also sources of disease and when dry, the particles could become airborne and ultimately lead to respiratory complaints such as psittacosis.
Chippindale Foods have been around since 1930, providing fresh eggs on a mass scale. The company now supplies eggs to some of the biggest retailers across the country, and have become one of the most prominent names in egg supply. The company are now producing 4 million eggs per week, which has transformed dramatically since 1993 when that figure was only ½ million.
If you’ve had any pest problems give MJ Backhouse a call. We’re a Yorkshire based pest control company with more than twenty-five years’ experience. Give one of our friendly team a call today on 0800 542 6359.