Keep the pests away

Keep the pests away


There was a time when, if people found flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, or any other pest around their homes or offices some of them shrieked while the more brave-hearted reached for a broom to beat the life out of them.

Masala vadas and spiced cheese were used as baits to trap mice and the floor was coated with bleaching powder to keep fleas away. 

Homes were scrubbed cleaned and washed with lime from time to time.

These were but simple, homely methods of keeping homes pest-free. Today there are firms springing all over the globe, mostly in urban areas, to take up the onerous task of pest control.

It will not be wrong to say that pest control has the potential of turning into a huge industry in future as the population is on a steady increase in the urban world.

Housing in the form of apartments, unplanned plumbing system, open drains and sewer canals are proving to be a haven for pests which can inflict unforeseen miseries on the humankind in the form of diseases and ailments.

In such a scenario Rentokil a UK based firm since 1927 has stepped into urban India just one year ago and hope to carry out pest control, putting to use their experiences in the field that has been garnered from a thousand of their branches across the globe.

They have cleansed offices, organisations, homes, museums, libraries, hotels, public places and even trains of pests in their long years on the job. Rentokil has a clear agenda and hopes to educate the public about the harmful effects of pests on their general well-being, health and property.

Sam Easaw, MD, Rentokil India Private Ltd, hopes to bring in international standards of hygiene and sanitation to prevent the transmission and spread of infectious diseases.

Rentokil which operates from various cities in South India not only offer pest control to individual homes for a nominal fee of Rs 3,000 for a two-room apartment, they also offer a package deal for entire blocks of buildings.

The field workers from the firm visit the premises three or four times a year for this fee to keep the home pest free.

The firm deals with just about every kind of menacing pest using different methods of pest control.

They have come up with innovative methods called vector plasma fly killers, gelling, and fumigation among other things.

Shivram, a field worker, finds his job fulfilling and has learned to do his job using the test and research method and carry out his duty professionally.

He vouched for the fact that workers in the firm are encouraged to safeguard their own health by minimising any adverse impact on their operations.

Their customers are very happy with their services. Rozario, who works with a private firm has found the suggestions and solutions of Rentokil to be very practical and user friendly.

Prabhakaran who has been the sales director with the Bangalore office for the past one year, is of the firm belief that it is the unclean ways of man which breeds pests.

He feels that it is not enough if one small area is kept clean and pest free for pests have a way of breeding and infesting areas time and again.

Hence the entire world has to keep in mind and work in synchronisation to get rid of pests.

He says that the first step towards achieving the desired goal will be to tie up with the government and launch into a structured activity.

Wamgroup, Italy, introduces Consep (Reclaiming grits and water from concrete) in the Indian market. Consep is a concrete reclaimer used in ready-mixed concrete batching plants for recycling concrete washed out from truck mixers and in pre-cast concrete batching plants for recovery of concrete from the moulds.  The reclaimer/separator, one of the most widely used of its kind, consists of a conveyor screw with a large sedimentation hopper. Excess concrete diluted with washing water is introduced into the hopper where solid particles have time to settle on the bottom of the screw conveyor trough which is connected with the sedimentation hopper. The particles are conveyed and lifted by the inclined conveyor screw towards an outlet spout located at the machine end opposite the sedimentation hopper. During the conveyance, the solid particles are washed perfectly clean from crusts. The reclaimer/separator discharges the aggregates through its outlet spout from where they drop to the ground. From here they can be collected in order to be reintroduced into the concrete manufacturing process. The remaining washing water, which by now is free from any larger solid particles, is discharged into a tank or pit for reuse.  The company also plans to launch a new manufacturing plant in Shahpur at Thane District in Maharashtra by the last quarter of 2010.

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