Pest Control News

Friday, 29 April 2016

Calls to Ban Glue Traps for Rodents

Coming unstuck – calls to ban cruel rodent ‘glue traps’ in the UK

Mice and rats, two rodents that send shivers down the spine. Known for spreading disease and causing thousands of pounds worth damage in some instances.
But the announcement at the end of 2015 that a major wholesaler was withdrawing from sale rodent glue traps came as welcome news.
Growing concerns
The Humane Society International UK branch welcomed the news that these cruel glue traps would no longer be available from a major wholesaler. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) also welcomed the news. Although still available to buy, many organisations are hoping that before too long the UK will follow New Zealand and Ireland by banning the sale of glue traps. 
Why the change?
The wholesaler has said that it was presented with compelling evidence that glue traps were no longer a viable option for effective pest control:
  • Animals trapped by the glue traps are subjected to extreme and unnecessary suffering
  • People who use glue traps could be at risk of committing an offence under the Animal Welfare Act
‘Unnecessary suffering’
The Animal Welfare Act is clear – anyone causing unnecessary suffering to any animal or bird, pest or not, would be committing an offence for which they could face a heavy fine. Under this act of 2006, it would also be an offence to leave rodents alive on the glue trap, drowning them or worst still, throwing them alive into the rubbish bin. 
And the British public seem to be in agreement too. The results of a YouGov poll have shown that 70% of the British public also agree that glue traps are cruel. Thus, the Humane Society has been the driving force behind the ‘Unstuck’ Campaign. 
Are non-lethal, humane removal methods the only answer?
The Humane Society International promotes the use of non-lethal humane traps for live release of rodents back into their natural habitat. Supported by an educational campaign, the Humane Society International hopes to help homeowners remain rodent-free in and around their property.
For some people, catch-and-release is not an option, more so in urban settings and for large commercial customers where it would be a costly exercise to trap and release large numbers of rodents. With grey squirrels, releasing them back into the wild is an offence. 

Agreements is clear – if a rodent or any other pest is to be exterminated, it must be done so quickly and humanely, without causing distress of suffering. The only people who do this – and do it every time – are qualified, reputable pest controllers. 

Monday, 25 April 2016

Pest Control - A Growing Industry

A growing industry – why pest control in the UK is booming

At one, the pest control industry was a rare choice for a career but figures show that the pest control industry is booming. With a huge growth rate in recent years, it is not just the UK enjoying this upswing in pest controllers.
With the industry worth around £367 million in the UK alone, the US has a bigger industry with a worth of some £7 billion. 
Does this mean we are inundated with pests? Not so, say pest controllers who attribute this growth to changes in attitude of the British public.
  • Personalised service
The advent of the Internet has had a huge impact on how consumers buy products and why; the same foes for buying in professional services too. Consumers are now expecting a more personalised service, tailored to them, their needs and their budget. 
  • Losing its ‘nasty’ side
For a long time, pest controllers suffered from a poor reputation. Their job was to kill whatever it was that was causing a problem. However, over the years the pest control industry has evolved, becoming leaders in the important field of balancing local environments. In other words, pest control no longer stands for extermination. 
  • Decreasing tolerance
Although people want humane methods, they want effective methods of pest control which is a driving force behind the 6% annual growth that the pest control industry has been enjoying in recent years. Customers are no longer willing to share their space with bugs, rodents or unwanted birds and animals. 
  • Dealing with growing pest issues
From rats to wasps, bedbugs to bees, there are some pests that are becoming more common in the UK – thus people want professional help to get rid of them and prevent future infestations. But, as some pests start to become immune to poisons and other chemical treatments, pest controllers are developing new ways of dealing with pest issues. 
An evolving industry
It could be argued that for a long time, the pest control industry stood still, locked in the position that they were a) a last resort and b) just killed everything by poisoning it. Realising that it needed to modernise and play a part in protecting the environment, the pest control industry has become a powerful voice and partner in looking after both the urban and rural landscape. 

Qualifications, as well as experienced, have started to bear fruit with more qualified pest control technicians operating safely throughout the country. But the old adage has not slipped far from the modern pest control industry – prevention IS better than cure. 

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