A close, meticulous look at the places and places where others turn up their noses, this is exactly what distinguishes Gerhard Tiefel. The individual entrepreneur declares war on ants, cockroaches, rats, wasps and other pests. On 5 October 1987 - exactly 30 years ago - the state-certified disinfector and IHK certified pest controller founded his company. A long time that hardened him. Because he has already seen a lot during this time - and sometimes he doesn't even have to look too closely to know directly what problem he is dealing with: "I can often smell that. Bedbugs, for example, have stinky glands, cockroaches have their own dull smell and I can recognise the acrid stench of rat or mouse urine immediately," said Gerhard Tiefel.</The portfolio of services that he and his four-member team offer ranges from the control of wasps, hornet relocations, pigeon deterrence, apartment cleaning, disinfection after the discovery of corpses and crime scene cleaning. There is no favourite discipline for him: "I simply enjoy my job and every case is a new challenge. There is no schema F in the procedure. Every case is different, solely due to local conditions. My motto after all this time is still the same as in the beginning: "I want to leave an apartment so that I could live in it again myself"."</p>
Before becoming self-employed, Tiefel worked as a disinfector at the Offenbach Clinic. He disinfected operating theatres and sickrooms, checked which germs were rampant in the wards and ensured that infections were contained. A job description that hardly exists in this form today. With consequences: The nationwide cases of the spread of resistant germs, which pose a danger to already weakened hospital patients, speak for themselves. "Better not get sick," is how Tiefel puts it. During the first years of his independence, Tiefel continued to work at the hospital, gradually building up his small company and acquiring more and more expertise. To this day, he and his staff regularly attend training courses to learn the latest pest control methods and offer customers the best possible solutions to problems that are taboo. "Whereas in the past restaurants had to be completely sprayed with poison in case of pest infestation, nowadays the kitchen team can be back at the stove half an hour after we have been on duty". Particularly with commercial customers, discretion is a top priority for Tiefel and his team. When the company's van drives to the places of action, no logo reveals who will be performing a service there immediately. The work clothes are not marked either. "This is especially important, after all, pest control is an absolute matter of trust." </We learn from Tiefel that there used to be many more problems with cockroaches and roaches. In the meantime these requests have become rare - but other tiny pests have become a huge plague: Bedbugs. The paper-thin, reddish-brown parasites are usually an annoying and disgusting souvenir from holidays. The bloodsuckers populate only cheap hostels, many think - but even 4-star hotels are not immune to the danger. Once the luggage has been unpacked, the bugs move into their beloved home with pleasure. To avoid this, Tiefel now offers an extra service. Customers can bring their luggage to his company. There, suitcases, backpacks and co. are put into a thermo tent for 24 hours - costs 150 Euro. In comparison: Once the critters are in the house or apartment, a full load of chemicals is needed to get rid of the annoying bugs. And unlucky people have to pay through the nose. Such an operation costs between 1,000 and 1,500 euros. "I can only advise everyone to look very closely at their own homes or business."</p>
And what happens if you look away? "Then the problem gets worse and worse and at some point it explodes - if hundreds and thousands of bedbugs can't find a place to hide, in the worst case, an infestation like this can spread to an entire house." Doesn't sound good - but it's good to know that in case of emergency there are experienced professionals.
>em>address: Tiefel Schädlingsbekämpfung, Kirchstraße 9, 63150 Heusenstamm
Tel.: 06104 923592
More information can also be found at http://g-tiefel.de/