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What Should I Look for When Choosing a Pest Control Company?

Which Pest Control Company Should I Use?

At some point, you may need to use a pest control company. It could be for an insect infestation, a bird control issue or a rodent problem. The big question is, who do you use. You may have never had to deal with pest control before. So what should you look for when choosing a pest control company.

To become a pest controller and set up your own company an individual only needs to complete some basic training. It only takes a one-day safe use of rodenticide course and a one-day insecticide course. They are then qualified to call themselves a pest controller and set up a pest control company. That doesn’t mean they are competent or know what they are doing. This is worrying as they are able to purchase dangerous and toxic chemicals.

Selecting a Pest Control Company

If you have not had a pest problem before you may not know who to use. The common choice is to go for Rentokil as they are the most common brand name. The reality is this type of company is no better than any other pest control company. The technicians are trained and qualified like all other professional pest control companies in the industry. Customers think they are getting the best technicians because the costs are higher. The truth is, that there are many companies out there, delivering the same standards of pest control. In a lot of cases, for a fraction of the price.

When choosing a Pest Controller you should look at local pest control companies. Carry out checks to make sure:

  • They have good feedback and reviews.
  • Trained and competent technicians.
  • Have correct Public Liability Insurance.
  • All work carried out is recorded such as a treatment report.
  • They carry out risk assessments and produce a method statement for the work.

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British Pest Control Association

It’s easy to check the professionalism of a pest control company to ensure the technicians are all qualified. The Pest control industry has a governing body that set codes of practise and standards for members to work to. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is the leading body in the pest control industry. All professional pest control companies join to demonstrate their professionalism. By joining it demonstrates the company operates within the guidelines of the law and legislation.  All members are audited every 12 months. This is to ensure all operating procedures are correct and safe systems of work are being upheld. Therefore you have the assurance that they deliver best practices when carrying out pest control services.  The BPCA insists all the technicians RSPH Level 2 in pest management as a minimum.

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Trade Associations

There are a number of trade associations when working within the food retail industry. If a business supplies a product to a food outlet such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Morison then they will have to work to certain standards. This could be BRC (British Retail Consortium) or SALSA(Safe and Local Supplier Approval) for example. Trade associations publish standards for best practices for the food and manufacturing industries. Within the standards there will be information on what pest control services will be required. Pest control companies delivering services to the food production companies are expected to be BPCA members. This is because the trade associations know the standards a BPCA member will deliver. High standards are expected by all of the UK food retail industry.

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Pest control in the food processing industry.

Pest Control Services

If you are a company that deals in food then the local authorities will expect you to have pest control in place. An annual service contract will be expected to monitor rodents and insects on the premises. The following are the types of businesses expected to have a pest control contract 

  • Food production.
  • Supporting food production such as packaging.
  • Restaurants.

If you are a local one site business, then the best option would be to use a local pest control company that is a member of the BPCA. They could deliver a professional service that will support your business. That said, any type of company that is being invaded by rodents (rats or mice) has a duty of care to ensure treatment is carried out. This will protect your workforce, as rodents carry all manner of diseases.

If you need any advice on annual service contracts, general pest control, or pest control services, then Pest-Tech Ltd is happy to help.

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