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Man’s best friend helps in fight against Japanese knotweed

Man’s best friend helps in fight against Japanese knotweed


We’re delighted to introduce our two newest members of the Environet team, Mick and Mick, a pair of one-year-old fox red Labrador Retrievers who are the UK’s first sniffer dogs trained to detect the scent of Japanese knotweed rhizome.

It’s been quite a week since we announced Mick and Mack’s arrival, with articles in The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Express Evening Standard and interviews on local and national radio and TV, including the BBC – plus more next week, so watch this space!

Mick and Mack, as well as becoming national celebrities (and rather enjoying the attention too…), have also been out and about on jobs in Surrey and Sussex, sniffing out knotweed for homeowners and landowners. They can cover a large area in a matter of minutes and will freeze when they detect the knotweed scent, thanks to the 300 million or so receptors in their noses and a proportion of brain area dedicated to smell which is 40 times larger than a human’s.

We’re so confident in their ability to find the plant that we offer a free 5-year insurance-backed guarantee to all owners of residential property where knotweed is not detected.

Mick and Mack love their work, they think of it as a game of hide and seek and are rewarded with a tennis ball when they complete a job!

If you own a property in a high-risk area, a development site or if you’re buying a home which you suspect could be affected by knotweed, give us a call and we’ll get our two new detectives on the case.

Robert Spaceman

“We had a large stand of bamboo removed, thinned, contained and replaced. The customer service has been first class. Joe and Jason were fabulous and kept me well informed at all times”.