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The Pest Detectives: The Definitive Guide to Rentokil by Rob Gray

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An untimely end

Sadly, Maxwell-Lefroy was not to see either his business or the new brand name grow and prosper. He was dead before the year was out, the victim of one of his own insecticide experiments gone terribly wrong. It was certainly not the case that the scientist was unaware of the risks he was taking with his research. In March the previous year there was a narrow escape when testing an insecticide on flies. While the flies were apparently unharmed by the toxin, Maxwell-Lefroy inadvertently breathed in the poisonous fumes and began choking. Unable to wrench his laboratory window open, he was almost overcome. Luckily, in this instance he was able to stagger into a nearby room and alert some colleagues, who saved his life by promptly ...

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