We’ve recently had a shake-up here at the UK end of deBugged. The fun-time social media and marketing folks have moved to a new office complex near Camberley whilst I remain secured in my darkened laboratory. They have a new ‘innovation wall’ and ‘quiet room’: I have a beige wall and a fly culturing room. [...]
A couple of years ago I purchased a small table from a local antique shop. Rather than furnishing my cuppa the table is now a pedestal for birds in the garden. The reason for the eviction – tiny round woodworm holes. So how can you tell if your furniture is going to infest the rest of [...]
I loved my great-grandfather. I loved the fact that I had one at all as not many people have the pleasure of living great-grandparents, especially when they are old enough to know them. His house was a Victorian treasure trove full of items that he’d promised would be mine when he was gone. One of [...]
With regards to to preserving timbers, out of sight, out of mind is not a good ethos to follow. Damp, rot and woodworm has caused many buildings to crumble and deteriorate over the centuries. Before one of our founder’s Harold Maxwell-Lefroy invented a woodworm treatment in the 1920′s there was no cure or future for [...]
There’s an interesting tale with a twist behind the name Rentokil. Back in the roaring twenties when Rentokil was formed, little did Harold Maxwell-Lefroy, Professor of Entomology at Imperial College, London, know that Death watch beetles would immortalize his name and also be the very death of him.