When it comes to pest control, there is stringent legislation that pest control companies have to follow in order to protect both your company and ours from repercussions and litigation. Not all pest control companies give these rules the attention they deserve, but we do things differently.
In this blog article, we will outline some of the legislation that companies in our industry have to take into account. Give us a call now on 0800 808 5615.
What Legislation Do UK Pest Controllers Have to Follow?
In the United Kingdom, we have some of the strictest wildlife protection laws on the planet. Many of these rules don’t limit how effective the service we provide is, but it does have an effect on how we actually carry out the work.
One thing that we need to be wary of is making sure that none of our actions will cause harm or death to non-target species. For example, when we leave out traps or poison for rats or mice, we need to make sure they aren’t going to be triggered or consumed by dogs, foxes, or anything else.
This means that we need to place our traps in very specific locations that we will plan out using our in-depth knowledge of pest behaviour as well as practical experience. Things like household pets, as well as various other factors, are all things that will influence our decision.
Additionally, the appropriate bait boxes are a fundamental requirement. These have unique locking mechanisms that mean only our pest controllers can open them, and the entrance holes come in specific sizes and dimensions to ensure that only target species can make their way inside.
Not every pest control company gives this legislation as much respect as they should, which is not only lazy and dangerous, but it can leave you in a very precarious legal position. Don’t leave important work like this to cowboys; get in touch with our professionals today.
British Wildlife Protection Laws and Birds
All British birds are protected under legislation. It is illegal to use lethal methods to control bird populations and, instead, we have to use other means.
One option is to install physical proofing that will make sure birds have a very difficult, if not impossible, time settling on your property. In order to carry out this work, we can either do it before birds have settled or use various tactics to clear them out first.
These physical proofing methods include things like spiking, netting, or wiring. This equipment will make sure that pest birds will not be able to land, settle, or roost at all as they cannot actually reach the surfaces they are aiming for.
Another option is to use psychological methods to control the birds. Laser deterrent systems will trick birds into thinking they are in danger, Avishock will give birds slight electric shocks until they leave, and playing the right sounds through speakers will cause birds to flee.
We can also target bird eggs, which is entirely in line with governmental legislation. We can use different methods, but ultimately it results in eggs being sterilised or replaced. Birds will eventually abandon the clutch that will never hatch, meaning we can return later and take the nest away entirely.
Having said all of that, there are certain situations where shooting can be used. However, these situations are few and far between and are typically only used for pigeons. If, however, a specific bird is causing an immediate threat to the health of the nearby public then we can use an air rifle to address the issue swiftly.
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As mentioned, there is a lot of legislation that you have to be aware of when it comes to negotiating pest control. Failure to do so will not only mean that the controller responsible will get into trouble for their work, but it can open you up to litigation to result in fines and so on.
At Clark Pest Control, we go to great lengths to make sure that all of the work we carry out is perfectly in line with all of the relevant rules and regulations while ensuring that this doesn’t influence the effectiveness of our programs.
By using our experience and commitment to using quality pest control products and technology, you can be sure that we will not sacrifice overall reliable results in order to accommodate legislation. We can do both.
Give us a call now on 0800 808 5615 or fill in our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.