Monthly Archives: June 2016
Pest Control Edgware
PESTUK now have a pest control office in Edgware. London is an area where PESTUK have expanded to in the past 3 years. This is made easier due to the high prices and poor service provided by the Local Authorities in most of the London Boroughs areas PESTUK now cover. The biggest surprise to us was the high prices charged by most London Councils. In most cases far greater than our prices at PESTUK. The service is also in all cases we have seen very poor. They don’t work weekends, early mornings or evenings. There is always a long waiting list. They won’t use ladders or move furniture. They won’t deal or re locate bees. They won’t control squirrels. The list goes on. Often councils use SDK or Dial a Pest to carry out work on their behalf. These are a cleaning company based in Devon that has branched out into pest control. With PESTUK pest control Edgware, you will get a great service.
PESTUK provide a 7 day a week service (including Bank Holidays & Sundays). We give hour slot appointments, our technicians will ring ahead if required. The telephone lines are answered by people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The British Pest Control Association
PESTUK is also a member of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA). This organisation has an extremely strict criteria for membership. All staff have to be fully qualified and provide evidence of on going training. The company has to be fully insured and the companies complaints procedure and work practises are inspected. If you choose a BPCA member then you can rest assured that you will receive a high class service at a reasonable rates. At PESTUK we do not unqualified persons work alone. If trainees are employed then they always work alongside qualified personnel.
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Pest Control as a Career
PESTUK has recently appointed a trainee pest control technician, and we thought we’d include a little bit more information for anyone thinking of starting a career in pest control.
Firstly, it is a varied and interesting job, and you never know what’s going to turn up next. It is also a career that can allow a fair amount of independence for individual pest control technicians.
What Does A Pest Control Technician Do?
It’s more than just getting rid of pests! A successful pest control technician needs to be able to:
- Accurately identify pests and the source of any infestation
- Advise customers on the best method of treating pests, taking into consideration any pests, children, food facilities etc. that may determine different approaches
- Have a full understanding of the chemicals and methods used in pest control treatments, and ensure that they are always safely and with consideration for the environment
- Keep accurate records of all chemicals used and treatments carried out
Best Training for Pest Control Technicians
PESTUK pest control technicians are all trained through the British Pest Control Association (BPCA). This is the umbrella body that sets the standards for the pest control industry, and a BPCA qualification offers confidence and trust to customers using your service.
The basic entry level qualification is the RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award in Pest Management which is awarded in conjunction with the Royal Society for Public Health. Successful pest control technicians will continue to add to their knowledge with various other specialist BPCA courses.
These include specialist areas such as:
- Bed Bug Control
- Urban Bird Control and Management
- Food Safety
- Using Rodenticides Safely Course
- RSPH Level 3 in the Safe Use of Fumigants for the Management of Invertebrate Pests
- Practical Equipment Usage for Insect Control
- Becoming a Field Biologist
- Becoming a Technical Inspector
- Emergency First Aid at
Pest Control as a Career As you can see becoming a pest control technician involves a lot more than being a “rat-catcher”. PESTUK Pest Control technicians are all BPCA qualified and are all committed experts in the field of pest control.
If you are thinking of a career in pest control, give us a call and we’ll try and give you the best advice.
If you have a pest problem that needs sorting out, call PESTUK now. Our team of skilled professionals can take care of any pest problems.
Walking past the local fish and chip shop the other day I saw a sign that said “Please don’t feed the pigeons”, and it got me wondering about our attitude to these birds.
Pigeons – Pests or Pets
Pigeons were domesticated by man over 5,000 years ago for food, pets and racing. Over time escaped domestic pigeons have evolved into the modern feral pigeon that inhabits our towns and cities.
There are a lot of people who see pigeons as an integral part of the landscape of our towns and cities. These are the people that will feed pigeons in parks and town squares. There was a time when most city squares had a pigeon food seller close by, none more famous than St. Paul’s Cathedral – most of us know the iconic “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins!
Those days are long gone and people are actively encouraged NOT to feed the birds.
There are others who see pigeons as the so-called “rats with wings”. In most cases these are people who have had pigeons roosting in or near their homes. The mess and noise that these birds bring can drive even the most tolerant homeowner crazy! Feral pigeons can also carry diseases and their dried excrement is unsightly, and causes damage to buildings and cars.
Pigeons can breed up to 8 times a year, and each breeding brings two new pigeons into the world. The success of their breeding is largely dependent on the availability of food and good roosting. Urban pigeons have no natural predators, the bigger birds of prey are not found in towns and cities, so the pigeons are left to breed uncontrollably!
Some pigeons are bred for racing, and although essentially the same species, there is a huge difference. Racing pigeons have been bred for stamina, speed, strength, and homing instinct. They are usually much slimmer than feral pigeon, and will always have a leg ring.
If you have a problem with pigeons on your property, call PestUK for help and advice in getting rid of them. There are deterrents such as spikes and netting than can be used without resorting to culling, which is only done in extreme cases
A Pest Control Contract is not expensive. Not only will it protect the health and safety of your employees, it will also protect your reputation. Most prosecutions happen to smaller companies. Remove the worry and leave pest control in the hands of experts.
If you are regularly experiencing pest problems, maybe a Pest Control Contract is better. That peace-of-mind knowing that there is an expert team just a phone call away!
Take a look at our Pest Control Contract page, or call us now on 0800-026-0308