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PEST CONTROL


“As important as safety regulations


are to enhancing PV system safety, so too are the technology


advancements setting new benchmarks for higher levels of safety.”


THE PEST IS YET TO COME


Pest control has come a long way in the last twenty years. The new face of pest control is sophisticated, innovative and changing, suggests Julia Pittman, Director of Beaver Pest Control.


Two decades ago, if your business had a rodent problem, you would have likely called out the local pest controller. Inevitably, they would come along and put out some boxes with poison. If the problem didn’t go away, double up the bait boxes and wait.


In the past two decades, pest control has changed signifi cantly, to become more sophisticated and innovative.


Sophisticated pest control Thanks to the work of Alan Buckle and the University of Reading, we understand more about the extent to which rodents are developing genetic resistances to the anticoagulant rodenticides commonly used by pest control companies.


So, what do you do if the rodenticides stop working? Develop new rodenticides? Use other methods of eradication? Hope the rodents decide the bakery next door is a more appealing place to live? Well, the answer is a bit of all of these.


Integrated pest management (IPM) has been around for a long time in pest control but is now becoming even more prominent. This sustainable approach to managing pests works by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way which minimises economic, health, and environmental risks.


Innovative pest control Technology and pest control are not usually words mentioned in the same sentence. However, with the improvements in the internet of things (IOT) there are some interesting technological advances which are gaining popularity in the pest control sector.


The most recent technological advance is the introduction of several new remote monitoring bait station offerings.


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Remote monitoring systems are traps or bait stations which send an alert when they are triggered. Some bait stations deliver an electric shock which kills the rodent, others are breakback traps with a sensor. It is generally accepted that when using lethal means, traps or electric pulses are more humane control methods than rodenticides.


As with all technology, these systems should not replace people, but used correctly they can protect high risk areas 24/7. They can provide valuable data allowing your technician to target his efforts into hot spots and more importantly they can free up your technician to spend more time on tasks such as proofi ng or hygiene recommendations.


Pest control after COVID-19 During lockdown you will probably have seen news reports about the prospect of returning to empty buildings overrun with rats and mice. These may be slightly exaggerated in some cases, but there certainly has been a noticeable change in the behaviour of rodents.


Rodents have had free movement over the last year; with technicians unable to access many buildings, and a scarcity of food meaning they have had to travel further and change behaviour patterns in order to survive. The likelihood is that the rodents won’t go back to their old patterns straight away, if ever, and the pest control industry needs to adapt.


Pest control is changing, if you still have a company who spend most of their time checking bait stations, perhaps it’s time to review your contract.


www.bpca.org.uk/News-and-Blog/green-pest-control- integrated-pest-management-ipm


www.pestcontrolservices.co.uk/ twitter.com/TomorrowsFM


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