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DIY Pest Control
Many believe handling a pest problem is as easy as picking up a box of poison. All you need is a can of bug spray, pellets, and a few traps, right?
We're members of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) the UK's trade body for pest management. Find out what that means here.
Do you have a pest problem?
BPCA members cover the whole of the UK and can advise and deal with any pest problem you might have. By choosing a BPCA assessed member, you can be assured that the services you receive are from a trained, insured and trusted company that meets our strict membership criteria. BPCA is the professional association for the UK public health pest management industry.
The BPCA member logo is earned by our members, so ensure your contractor has it.
Pest management is more than pesticides. You need to combine biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools to deal with an infestation for good.
Too often, we see botched DIY pest control attempts that result in even larger infestations.
Green pest control - Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
For many premises managers, a proactive pest management strategy is low down the list of business priorities. But when selecting a pest control contract, care should be given to specify a contractor that can prevent pests rather than cure their effects and can do this using the minimum of chemicals.
When a site embraces the need for proactive pest control and is working towards pesticide-free pest control at that, many pest problems can be stopped in their tracks. Some may not even see the light of day.
Green pest control might range from a firm claiming to spray fewer pesticides to one that will use every possible alternative to chemicals including heating, freezing, and deep cleaning.
The difference between these approaches is the point at which chemicals are used. At one end of the spectrum chemicals are used at an early stage, at the other they are the very last port of call.
Integrated Pest Management
As a member of BPCA we practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimises economic, health, and environmental risks.
IPM has been around for thousands of years and started when man first became an agrarian society. It protects people and food as well as the environment.
Professional pest controllers use the minimum amount of pesticides wherever possible, using other means to limit the pest population through their understanding of the biology and habits of pest species, emphasizing control, not eradication.
The alternative treatments administered include targeted measures such as heat treatments, new generation insecticide gels, pheromone lures and pesticide free materials in preference to the more traditional insecticidal spray treatments that are often dispersed over a wide area.
Routinely placed rodent bait boxes full of toxic bait must be replaced by non-toxic monitoring stations which pick up the earliest signs of an infestation. This is a legal requirement via the product registration process for rodenticides (Biocidal Product Regulations).
Why should your Pest Control Contractor be Green?
But what is the business case for 'green' pest control? Apart from saving your business money by preventing infestation, contractors who practice IPM will also work with you to change the culture of your organisation, helping all your employees to change behaviours and thus make your premises less attractive to pests.
Site managers should not overlook the importance of implementing simple but effective pest prevention measures including finding and proofing possible pest entry points into the property such as holes around pipes, weep joints and air vents, installing fly screens, and having electronic fly killers in catering areas and front-of-house.
An infestation could have its origins in a delivery or even brought in by unsuspecting staff or visitors – pests can be adept at hitch-hiking. Therefore staff should be vigilant, especially when checking incoming deliveries and look for evidence of pests.
One area of concern is the rise in the number of sites reporting bed bugs, which might surprise many people who associate this pest with houses and cheap hotels.
Visitors and staff are unwittingly bringing them into the building, attached to their clothes or other personal belongings. However, if members of staff know how to spot the earliest signs of a bed bug infestation and crucially where to look for bed bugs, the problem can be contained with professionally delivered chemical-free heat treatment.
"When I think of Pest Control I always think of BPCA. Contractors who have their logo show that they follow the high standards set by the Association" - Hygiene & Facilities Manager, Devro.
Working together to be Pest Free
One significant issue to note: IPM will not work without the active involvement of both the pest control contractor and the client. If the client carries out the relevant cleaning, proofing and other measures, control of infestation is established faster, more efficiently and with less risk.
Whether it’s Rats, Mice, Bed Bugs, Wasps, Cockroaches or even Birds
Pests must be dealt with by people with the appropriate skills to get the job done quickly, humanely and safely.
DRIVING EXCELLENCE IN PEST MANAGEMENT
PGM & SON is an Award Winning, family run, Pest Control Services & Solutions.
PGM & Son provide pest control advice, support & guidance to individuals and businesses across Herefordshire & Worcestershire.
We also offer a variety of techniques, including pesticide free and organic solutions, preventative and proofing works and more traditional methods.
We are available 24 hours a day to eradicate your pest problems - rats, mice, flies, fleas, squirrels, moles, rabbits, cockroaches, clothes & carpet moth, carpet beetles, bedbugs, wasps, bees, hornets, and birds.
Call us now for a personal, polite, smart and professional service on 01981251116.