Strategic Pest Management has become more relevant over the past 10 years in the pest control industry. This is mainly due to the number of changes in pesticides used, legislation changes, increases in pesticide resistance and greater awareness. Emprise explain more
A strategic approach to pest control can be a good long-term investment for an organisation delivering many efficiencies, including cost savings, reduced downtime and lessening the impact on an organisation. It can also help manage reputation – an organisation with a pest problem is in danger of damaging its image and potentially losing business.
- Identify vulnerable areas of your building(s) where pests may access.
- Implement good delivery policies and close doors.
- Understand how the pests are getting into the building.
- Make sure you have a ‘good housekeeping’ policy.
- Close off/repair these areas, for example, gaps in floors, walls and doors.
- Treat the areas infected as well as the rest of the building.
- Use holistic methods where possible as pests are becoming more resistant to traditional pesticides.
- Pre-allocate a monthly budget.
- Create a schedule for on-going planned monitoring.
- Awareness and training to spot early signs of infestations.
When used, the ERDM approach is the most cost effective and efficient way of managing integrated pest management. The reality is that in most instances pest control organisations don’t get involved until it reaches the destruction level and there is an issue needing urgent attention and which is often considerably more expensive to treat.
At this stage, pest controllers recommend proofing and blitz treatments, which help to get the situation to a manageable level where it can be controlled. Afterwards, more frequent visits will be required to make sure the problem is monitored and does not get to a destructive level again.
Having an integrated pest management plan in place gives the client peace of mind that if something does happen or is ongoing, it can be dealt with. It also provides regular communication between the pest controller and client rather than having to do everything at once at a greater cost. Instead, things can be implemented over a period of time which is manageable and cost effective.
Your pest control provider should be making recommendations on actions going forward. This can be basic, for example keeping an eye on foliage around the building – particularly in the summer months, as when it is in full flow these are ideal harbourages for rodents. Or it can be information on housekeeping, hygiene, proofing and good practices to try and prevent future problems.
ORGANIC AND ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY PESTICIDES
These don’t always work more effectively but it is something most companies can offer and they can be effective depending on the case.
There are several reasons why traditional and more common methods may not work. For example, baits placed in the wrong areas or not being palatable, wrong bait formulation, alternative food sources being available, bait shyness and resistance.
All pest control companies are trained in the safe use of pesticides and are aware of environmental impacts. This is in addition to using the safest methods possible by carrying out an environmental risk assessment along with their own risk assessments and standard operating procedures. These methods ensure that the client is getting the best advice for their area or type of business.
Other services and methods for dealing with pests include:
- Non-toxic methods – baits, tracking dust, glue boards, snap traps, electronic web based systems (both wired and wireless).
- Toxic methods – conventional anti-coagulants, bait containing tracking properties.
- Contact gels.
- Bait stations can be fixed in areas where there is a risk of disruption.
- Insect Monitoring for moths and beetles – species specific monitors, multi species monitors, pheromone-based monitoring traps and analysis using multiple monitors to triangulate areas of infestations.
- Insecticide treatments – organic insecticide treatments, fogging treatments, heat treatments from small individual items to buildings (either on or off site), specialist treatments using Constrain (a product devised especially for the museum industry), conventional insecticides – both residual and non-residual.
- Gels, dusts and lacquers – a variation of products from insect specific gels, diatomaceous earth powder and long lasting lacquers.
- Mating disruption – Both pheromone and entostatic powder based (a longer term approach is best for these).
- Fly Control units – a wide range offered or services from glue board to electric grid machines. Discreet small units for desks and catering areas or areas in public view. The use of shatterproof tubes is recommended for these.
- Fly Screens & Doors – again a wide range supplied and fitted from fixed screens on windows to two-way swing fire doors meeting all regulations.
- Advice on areas where flies are active and probable causes.
- Proofing – using mesh, bird point (spikes,) gels (fire gel and chilli gel), electronic shock tracks, netting, pin and wire systems and bespoke roof net designs.
- Natural Deterrents – audio carers, visual scarers & hawking (generally this is more for Gulls rather than Pigeons unless used consistently), also egg and nest removals.
- Population control methods – shooting & trapping (in areas where there are large populations, aviary style traps may be more effective).
- All companies should only work within the law and current legislation in guidance with the relevant regional agencies for the UK (Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Northern Ireland Environment Agency). The licence changes at the beginning of every year.
OTHER WILDLIFE SPECIES
- Other species which can be dealt with are foxes, moles, feral cats, glis glis, mink and rabbits.
There are a range of additional services that we carry out to aid pest control for our clients, including technical site inspections (in or out of hours), dated boxes and monitors, fumigation, CO2 Treatments and analysis reports.
LEGISLATION AND ACTS SURROUNDING PEST CONTROL
These are aimed at remaining compliant, safe and showing due diligence:
- Food Safety Act
- Food Safety Regulations
- The Food and Environment Protection Act
- The Environmental Protection Act 1990
- Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
- The Protection of Animals Act 1911
- Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1927
- The Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932
- Public Health Act 1936
- Public Health Act 1961
- The Prevention of Damage by Rabbits Act 1939
- Agriculture Act 1947
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- The Poisons Act 1972
- The Local Government Act 1972
- Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 and the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1968
- Pests Act 1954
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation 1988
- The Wildlife and Countryside (Amendment) Act 1985
- Animal Health Act 1981
- Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984