An article which appeared in the latest edition of Environmental Health News published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) could lead to confusion.
The title of the article reads: “CIEH calls for glue board ban” gives the definite impression that the code seeks to totally eliminate the use of glue boards. This is not the case. Careful reading of the article reveals the true position regarding the proposed restrictions of sale for glue boards. In his quote, Stephen Battersby, CIEH president says: “…(glue boards) should not be on sale to the general public.”
The article (reproduced below) later states: “The pest management industry shares the MP”s concern that glue boards can easily be bought by the general public in shops and on the internet. But it (viz the code) opposes an outright ban, saying it would have an adverse effect on the industry”s ability to protect public health.”
This Code, produced by the relatively recently created Pest Management Industry Alliance (consisting of the British Pest Control Association, the National Pest Technicians Association, the National Pest Advisory Panel and the UK Pest Controllers Organisation) aims to illustrate the professional approach taken by the industry regarding the humane use of these items.
To read, or download, this new Code of Practice click here.
Background to the situation
On the 8 July 2009, three MPs, Alan Meale (Mansfield), Bill Etherington (Sunderland North) and Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) signed a motion in Parliament as follows:
Use of glue traps in the UK
It was felt that this motion would generate further discussion with its supporters who would seek to have the sale and use of glue boards banned in the UK.
The Pest Management Industry Alliance recognises that in the hands of an-untrained person glue boards can be used inappropriately and in a manner that can become inhumane. It therefore shares the concern of Members of Parliament and animal welfare groups that glue boards are readily available for members of the public to buy either in retail premises or on the internet.
The Alliance believes that the sale and use of glue boards must always be permitted as a matter of last resort by properly trained professionals working in accordance with an industry standard code of practice and never by members of the general public.