Farm Assurance & Pest Control
I have worked in the pest control industry for over 5 years, I am a full member of the British Pest Control Association, Basis registered, Wildlife Aware accredited and hold scores of qualifications including the level 2 RSPH / BPCA certificates in pest control & pest management, PA1, PA6, PA6W & the safe use of Aluminium Phosphide.
I provide both one off and ongoing rodenticide treatments in and around buildings and Aluminium Phosphide treatments to control rodents and rabbits away from buildings. I also provide both one off mole clearances and ongoing mole control agreements. A full report folder including all relevant information is provided as standard providing a paper trail to help pass that vital audit.
As i'm sure your aware pest control and the paper trail involved is a vital part of modern farming. Listed below are quotes from some of the schemes you may be familiar with.
British Retail Consortium Global Standards Guidelines – Pest Control
“The company shall be responsible for minimising the risk of pest infestation on site”
“Controls shall be in place to prevent actual or potential infestation and the resulting contamination from rodents, flying and crawling insects, birds and other pests”
Assured Combinable Crops Scheme Standards
“There must be an effective pest control system ...
Action must be taken to prevent bird, rodent and domestic animal entry to all long-term grain storage”
Assured Chicken Productions – Poultry Standards
“Pest control must be carried out by a licensed contractor or a properly trained operative with a knowledge of pesticides and their placement ...
Pest control must make provision for the control of rodents, flies and parasites”
Assured British Meats – Beef and Lamb Standards
“Measures must be taken to ensure that rodents, other pests ...
and birds are controlled”
National Dairy Farm Assured Scheme – Hygiene and Food Standards
“The dairy must be free from birds, vermin, cats and dogs”
“The milking parlour should have measures in place to control birds, vermin, cats and dogs”
Wildlife Aware Accredited
The Wildlife Aware Accredited Technician
course is NOT a course on basic rodent control. Those who attend the course are expected already to possess proficiency through practical experience and prior training in rodent pest management, and to have obtained relevant qualifications such as those offered by the Royal Society for the Protection of Health (RSPH) and City & Guilds, or equivalents. The course is designed to increase the pest technicians understanding of current levels of contamination of wildlife to rodenticides, explain the main primary and secondary routes of exposure of wildlife from rodenticides and alert competent professionals to the techniques that should be adopted to minimise wildlife exposure during rodent pest management in rural settings.
The use of rodenticides is essential to many rural enterprises. Rodenticide use is important in the maintenance of good husbandry, the protection of human and animal health and for the prevention of spoilage, of foodstuffs due to contamination by rodent pests.
The use of rodenticides is increasing, both because there is evidence that rodent populations are themselves increasing and because many agricultural audit schemes now insist on structured rodent pest management procedures in all facilities audited under the scheme.
However, there is growing evidence of widespread contamination of wildlife with anticoagulant rodenticides. Many of the species involved are of high conservation status, such as the Barn Owl, Kestrel and Red Kite. The effects of the low-level residues commonly found are unknown, though there is currently no evidence that these residues are having an adverse effect on any populations of wildlife. Nevertheless, these residues are worrying, are unwanted and are largely unnecessary if fundamental guidelines are followed during the application of rodenticides in the countryside.
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I take great pride in providing my customers with the best possible service. I have achieved a huge number of qualifications and accreditations since I started trading in 2008, and am now one of the most qualified pest control operators in the North of England. If I can be of assistance in any way or you would like to find out more about me and the farm pest control service I provide please do not hesitate to contact me.
David Etherington - Your Local Pest Control Expert