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Facilities managers are being urged to adopt the professional approach when it comes to pest control during the Autumn/Winter period. Rob Simpson, of professional pest controllers register BASIS PROMPT, insists cutting corners in a bid to balance the budget is not the best policy.

A recent survey, which revealed increasing numbers of local authorities are cutting back on the service or introducing charges, has prompted fears that more businesses will try to treat infestations in-house.

Pest control is a specialised subject and facilities managers who treat it as a peripheral task could well end up with big problems further down the road. Treatment is often complicated and, if businesses try to deal with issues in-house or bring in unqualified controllers because they’re cheap, they can get out of hand.

Professional technicians will know all about surges in pest activity at this time of year and the effect certain weather conditions can have, so I would always encourage people to leave it to the experts.

Businesses which do attempt to tackle pest problems in-house could be leaving themselves open to a fall. Every year companies not only waste millions of pounds on failed treatments, but in some cases are prosecuted for inhumane treatment of pests they trap and kill.

I would urge those who don’t know what they’re doing, or are unsure of the laws, to employ a professional who is a member of the BASIS PROMPT register; that way, they are guaranteed safe, effective and legal treatment.

Temperatures are likely to plummet in the next few weeks and offices, factories and warehouses are particularly vulnerable to new


infestations during a cold snap. The variable nature of Britain’s autumn and winter weather, combined with sporadic issues, makes it even more crucial for businesses to seek expert advice.



We’ve had mild conditions throughout the UK this year, which means there could well be many more rats around than usual at the moment. If there’s cold weather on the way during winter, that will drive them into buildings in search of shelter and anywhere that offers a dry space with little human traffic is ideal. That puts business premises, factories and warehouses at risk, particularly over holiday periods. Those who don’t take precautions could be getting unexpected guests.

BASIS PROMPT is an industry- recognised scheme, which ensures pest control is carried out responsibly by people who are properly trained and competent. Membership provides independent proof that a pest controller or company is an expert in the field and continues to update their expertise.

All members of the initiative will be aware of the latest developments in the industry and of how problems can be affected by varying weather patterns. One of the biggest advantages of BASIS PROMPT membership is a scheme which ensures pest controllers are at the top of their game.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the commitment to life-long learning that professionals in all leading industries expect to make.

It promotes high standards by ensuring technicians stay up-to- date with the latest developments, techniques, products and legislation.

BASIS PROMPT provides the perfect vehicle for CPD within the pest control industry and controllers must gain 20 points each year simply to retain annual membership.

Technicians can only join our register in the first place if they have achieved Level Two in Pest Management or Pest Control, but it’s crucial that they maintain or even improve their level of expertise every year. That way, they’ll be sure to stay abreast of the developments in what is a fast- moving industry.

Techniques are being improved all the time, while new products are frequently introduced to the market and it’s important that professional operators know all about them. Changes in legislation can have a marked effect on the industry too and it’s imperative for pest controllers to keep themselves up to date.

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