Beaver Pest Control staged a half day event at the Kia Oval on Thursday 6 June. The focus was on pesticide-free pest control. Beavers Radu Asavei sent us this report.
This educational event, organised by Tooting-based Beaver Pest Control, highlighted the challenges and opportunities that new regulations such as The European Biocidal Products Directive have brought to the UK pest control industry.
It was well attended by professionals from within the facilities, building management and constructionindustries. Local authorities were represented and there were a number of environmental health officers who are directly involvedwith pest control.
Richard Moseley, the BPCA technical manager started off proceedings with a presentation on why sustainable pest control has become so important in the UK. He was followed by Dr Alan Buckle from the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use who described how the pest control industry can still maintaingood control of rodents while protecting wildlife and the environment.
Over lunch the attendees had a chance to inspect a display of products available on the market tofacilitate effective pest control with minimal use of active ingredients. This included a selection offly control units, bird proofing systems, traps and bait stations, monitoring devises, as well as theproofing and exclusion materials.
In the second part of the workshop Nigel Batten and Richard Nowell of Killgerm presented bird proofingsystems and fly control units respectively.
The day concluded with a practical demonstration of theskills of Charlie, the bed bug sniffer dog. Charlie from was accompanied by his handler, Bernard Juson andtogether they were able to find some carefully concealed live bed bugs in record time.
The attendees then enjoyed a drink whilst watching the West Indies cricket team training session beforetheir game on the following day against Pakistan.
David Lodge of Beaver Pest Control summed up the day: “I am happy to say that the event was a resounding success advocating the professionalism within the industry and highlighting the importance of sustainability to the users of pest control services.”