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Rentokil awarded for breakthrough bug solution

02 June 2010

Rentokil has won a Best Business Award for Best Innovation in the Private Sector for what it describes as its groundbreaking pest treatment – Entotherm

Entotherm, a new chemical-free pest control process, was launched in March 2010 following three years of research and extensive testing resulting from a successful collaboration between Rentokil and Revival Environmental.

Entotherm eliminates insects, mould and pathogens through the application of dry heat. The chemical-free treatment is quick, efficient to apply and reaches all areas of infestation. Developed with its partner The Revival Company, the heat treatment is revolutionising the way that Rentokil can treat Bed Bugs and Cockroaches.

Andrew Areoff, Chairman of the Judges said: “Rentokil, in partnership with Revival Environmental, has developed Entotherm, a significant advancement in the treatment and eradication of insect pests. This new chemical-free pest control process kills every lifecycle stage of an insect, from eggs to larvae, to fully-grown creatures, making it a more efficient way to treat infestations.”

“Unlike Entotherm, conventional chemical spray treatments normally need to be repeated several times and can fail to reach insects living in wall cavities or crevices. The judges consider this heat-based treatment to be a major step forward in pest control and applaud the way Rentokil and Revival Environmental have worked together to develop the treatment and bring this innovation to market.”

Phill Wood, MD Rentokil UK, comments: “Every year Rentokil invests in innovation to ensure we provide customers with the most effective pest control methods. The development of Entotherm is a great advancement in the treatment and eradication of insect pests. Not only is it highly effective, requiring one swift treatment, it causes minimal disruption which is crucial for commercial food or high occupancy premises. We're delighted to win this award for Entotherm as it reflects the hard work of our Technical department.”

Entotherm is a mobile system that delivers dry transferable heat to any contained area, large or small, infested with insect pests. The treatment works by heating a liquid syrup and delivering it through insulated pipes to heat exchangers which are placed within the infested area. The heat exchangers convert heat into hot dry air which is then discharged at a pre-determined temperature.

Strategically placed heat probes monitor and record the core temperature. The process is monitored remotely, producing a computer generated graph as proof of heat exposure. The treatment area is heated to eradicate pests, but not enough to cause structural damage. Rentokil can run reports using the heat probes and thermal imaging technology to confirm that all target pests have been eradicated effectively.

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