Specialist Pest Services
Opkill offer a number of specialist services to keep pests at bay, including the use of our experienced Birds of Prey team, and we also other other services using using state-of-the-art technology and processes.
- Birds of Prey
We operate a Birds of Prey team with over 25 years experience operating for many different customers. Our specialists currently fly a Peregrine Falcon, Harris Hawks and a Great Horned Owl. This is nature’s best deterrent for certain types of pest – in conjunction with our birds, we also use other methods to deter pest species, and we are always looking for new ways to achieve the desired result for the client.
Our birds assist with extremely effective Gull and Pigeon solutions and our handlers have a real passion for flying them.
- Solar Panels and Pests
Roof mounted solar modules offer a sheltered and warm environment that pests will take advantage of. Pigeons in particular have been known to nest under modules, dislodging clipped wiring and creating fire hazards with their nesting material. In areas with a large number of seagulls and pigeons, bird droppings can build up when they fly over or perch on the panels – a single large deposit will shade the cells to such an extent that it can reduce a module’s efficiency by 30% which will have a knock-on effect on the overall efficiency of the whole system output.
Self-cleaning solar panels?
Many panel manufacturers highlight the module’s self-cleaning ability, this however only covers the atmospheric dust and dirt which will be washed away by rainwater – not bird droppings.
Corrosive effects of bird mess
The corrosive effects of the bird mess should also not be over-looked; on panels without the correct Ammonia and Salt Water test certificates, any droppings on the frame will compromise the aluminium leading to a dramatically increased rate of corrosion, damaging the solar panels.
It is important to be aware of the animals that share your roof area in order to prevent damage to your array – squirrels have been known to dislodge and chew wiring that will result in expensive maintenance. Thus preventative measures to control pests is much more cost-efective solution.
- Heat Fumigation
Thermal Disinfection Process/Heat Treatment
What is Thermal Disinfection/Heat Treatment?
A method of disinfection that is totally chemical free, environmentally friendly, quick and efficient to apply, and reaches all areas of infestation wherever situated. Thereby not having to rely on the integrity of any human, mechanical or pressurised system of application.
How does it do that?
The system uses a mobile heating system that can control and deliver clean dry transferable heat to any contained area at any given temperature between 5 – 90°C, whenever and wherever the need is required, for as long as the need remains.
Where can it be used?
Virtually anywhere as long as the thermal integrity of the building or operational area can be controlled and maintained.
What are it’s uses?
Thermal Disinfection comes in many guises and can be used in a multiplicity of ways, particularly in Pest Control.
Benefits of the System?
- Environmentally friendly
- Chemical free
- Versatile / Mobile
- Quick and easy to apply
- Electronic Probe monitoring system
- Graphical evidence of completion
- Less inconvenience to consumer
- Operational area is quickly back into service
- System has multiple uses
- Can be applied to any size of area
The system is designed to quickly and efficiently heat and exchange the air within the operational area, and is set to achieve and maintain a pre determined temperature of 56°C for a minimum period of 30 minutes – killing all known insect life within the contained area. The action of raising the temperature within the area will also heat the fabric of the structure, thereby ensuring that all areas, particularly those previously inaccessible to sprays which create harbouring areas for the insects, will now also be treated and disinfected. Strategically placed probes that report back to an on site monitoring system, allow the technician to assess heat dispersion within the area on a minute by minute basis. On completion of the task, a printed graph defining all activity and temperature is produced, proving to both the technician and customer that kill temperatures have been attained and that the Thermal Disinfection process has been completed successfully.
International Standard of Phytosanitary Management Section 15 Heat Treatment to any form of fibrous plant material that is either going to be imported into or exported out of one country to another. Industry standards state that all materials should be subjected to a core temperature of 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes – Controlled by the Forestry Commission
Wet Rot / Dry Rot / Mould
All forms of mould can be neutralised and eradicated using the Thermal Disinfection process. However, because of the damp conditions required for any form of Mould or Rot to thrive, there must be moisture retention within the fabric of the building. This being the case then a two part system must be applied. The first being known as Moisture Flush, and the second as Thermal Disinfection.
Plaster Mites also thrive in very damp conditions, therefore the same process as described for Wet and Dry Rot should be applied.
Cargo or items transported in metal Shipping Containers from tropical countries sometimes harbour dangerous Insects and Spiders. The whole container can usually be treated on site by wrapping with a thermal tarpaulin and then being subjected to the Thermal Disinfection process.
Wood Boring Insects
All wood boring insects by the virtue of their definition live within the fabric of a building and therefore the process of eradication is longer. The Thermal Disinfection process is applied, but strategically placed probes must be inserted into holes that have been specifically bored into the timbers to register when the core temperature of the structure as achieved 56°C. This part of the process is crucial in ensuring that all insect life living within the fabric of the timbers is eliminated.