If you are starting to experience pest related issues in the home, the best course of action is to use the services of the professional pest controllers who have the right know-how and equipment. Since there is such a varied choice of pest companies the local area, it will be high beneficial if you are able to do your due diligence and make certain you are relying on the services of the skilled and reliable contractors. Below are some of the main points to consider in the process of hiring the pest control contractor in the UK:
– Contractors should be suitably trained and hold a relevant qualification such as the Level 2 Certificate in Pest Control from the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSPH) or the British Pest Contractors Association.
– The pest control company should carry adequate insurance cover, such as Employers Liability Insurance, and Public and Products Liability Insurance.
– The pest control company should be able to demonstrate that they can provide a service to the level required, for example that they have experience of dealing with infestation in the home, and suitable equipment for tackling the problem.
– A contractor should be able to demonstrate excellent knowledge of any given pest, including their biology, habitat and control.
– A contractor should be able to communicate with you clearly, at a level you are happy with. They should be able to give you a simple written report at the end of each visit.
– Finally, you may wish to consider personal recommendations from friends, neighbours or colleagues.
Ask each contractor to tell you exactly what service you will be getting and find out if there is a call out fee. There should normally be a fixed charge for complete eradication of the pest involved and this may mean several visits to ensure effectiveness.
Where bait is being used, frequent visits will be necessary to inspect the bait and keep it topped up as necessary. Bait must be available to the rodents throughout the treatment period to prevent “bait aversion” developing. The Pest Control contractor should carry out a final inspection once the treatment programme is complete to ensure no bait is left on site.
Your contractor should carry out an environmental assessment to consider the possible threats to wildlife and domestic animals whenever rodenticides are used, particularly in outdoor locations. This must include any specific risks identified and the measures that are being taken to minimise adverse effects on non-target species. A record of the assessment should be retained. You may also want to ask your chosen contractor about the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). A code of good practice known as Think Wildlife has been produced to enable effective rodent control to be done with minimal exposure to all non-target animals.