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What is Pest Control?

Pest control is the process of managing and preventing pests, such as insects, rodents, and other animals, from causing damage to crops, buildings, and other areas.

There are a variety of pest control methods, including physical methods such as traps and barriers, and chemical methods such as pesticides. 

Pest Control Methods

Pest control is done through the use of various techniques and methods. Some of these techniques and methods include but are not limited to:

  • inspection,
  • cleaning,
  • trapping, and/or
  • the use of pesticides.

Pest control professionals use a variety of techniques to manage pests, and they tailor their approach to specific pests they are dealing with. In some cases, pest control may also involve the use of biocontrol agents, such as predators, parasites, and pathogens.

Securing your premises against human intruders is nothing for an expert security firm – but keeping out unwanted pests – well that’s a whole different challenge.

Pest control is important because pests can spread diseases, contaminate food, and damage property. There are different pest control methods that are more effective for different types of pests. For example, baiting is more effective for rodents, whereas trapping is more effective for cockroaches. Pest control companies usually have a variety of methods that they use to control pests, and they will often use multiple methods to control a single infestation.

What are Pesticides?

Pesticides are chemical substances that are used to kill or control pests. The term “pesticide” includes herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Pesticides are applied to crops to protect them from pests such as insects, fungi, and weeds. In addition, pesticides are used in the home to control ants, cockroaches, and other household pests. Pesticides are also used in public health to control mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects.

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Common Pests to Strike the Workplace

Common pests to strike the workplace and homes in the UK include:

  • Rats and mice
  • Squirrels and birds
  • Wasps and bees
  • Ants and cockroaches
  • Fleas and flies
  • Bed bugs

Pests are often discovered as part of a cleaning audit carried out by expert FM companies.

What is Electronic Fly Control?

Electronic fly control units are an effective way to reduce the population of flying insects in an area. These units work by emitting a high-frequency sound that is disruptive to the insects’ nervous systems, causing them to become disoriented and eventually fall to the ground. The sound is not harmful to humans or other animals, making electronic fly control units an ideal way to reduce the number of flying insects in an area without harming other animals or causing annoyance to humans. In addition, electronic fly control units are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, making them a viable option for both commercial and residential settings.

How do you get rid of mice and rats at work?

There are a few things you can do to try to get rid of mice and rats at work. First, make sure that all food is properly stored in containers that are airtight and not easily accessible to rodents. Secondly, seal up any cracks or holes that rodents could use to enter the building. Finally, set up some type of trap to catch any rodents that are already inside. You can purchase these traps at most hardware stores. If you have a serious infestation, you may need to hire a professional exterminator to get rid of the problem.

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The British Pest Control Association (BPCA)

The provision of pest management and control services is an area which is often overlooked, however inadequate pest control can often have catastrophic effects economically, socially and on the public’s health.

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) promotes the highest standards of professionalism within the industry, allowing only organisations that prove their competence to join as members.

It’s their role to:

  • Highlight the risks of inadequate control
  • Offer guidance in what to look for when searching for a pest control contractor
  • Provide general pest advice and guidance documentation
  • Provide advice on how to select an appropriate pest control professional


Pest Control as part of a Facilities Management Service

As any business owner knows, pests can quickly become a problem in any commercial setting. Not only can they cause damage to property, but they can also spread diseases and contaminate food. Fortunately, pest control is an essential part of any comprehensive facilities management service. By working with a professional pest control company, businesses can rest assured that their premises will be free of pests. The pest control company will carry out regular inspections to identify any potential infestations and will put in place a customized treatment plan to address the problem. In addition, the company will provide advice on how to prevent pests from returning in the future. By entrusting pest control to a professional company, businesses can focus on their core operations, safe in the knowledge that their premises are being kept pest-free.

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FAQs: What is Pest Control?

Q: What is pest control?

A: Pest control refers to the management and regulation of pests to minimize their harmful effects on human health, the environment, and property. It involves various methods and techniques to prevent, eliminate, or control pests such as insects, rodents, birds, and other organisms considered as pests.

Q: What do you mean by pest control?

A: Pest control is the practice of managing and controlling pests, which are unwanted living organisms, through various strategies and measures to reduce their impact on human activities and the ecosystem.

Q: What is the meaning of pest control services?

A: Pest control services are professional companies or individuals who offer specialized services to identify, prevent, manage, and eradicate pests in homes, businesses, or agricultural settings.

Q: What is pest control used for?

A: Pest control is used to protect human health, prevent damage to property and structures, and to safeguard agricultural crops from pests that can negatively impact yield and quality.

Q: How does pest control work?

A: Pest control employs different methods such as chemical, biological, physical, and cultural techniques. Chemical methods involve the use of pesticides, biological methods use natural predators or pathogens to control pests, physical methods include traps and barriers, and cultural methods focus on modifying the environment to discourage pest activity.

Q: What do pest control services do?

A: Pest control services typically conduct inspections to identify the type and extent of pest infestation, develop a customized pest management plan, implement control measures, and provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance to ensure the effectiveness of the pest control efforts.

Q: Why is pest control important?

A: Pest control is essential to protect public health by preventing the spread of diseases carried by pests, safeguarding agriculture and food supplies, preserving property from damage, and maintaining ecological balance by preventing invasive pest species from disrupting ecosystems.

Q: What are pests in the context of pest control?

A: Pests are organisms that are detrimental to humans, their activities, crops, livestock, or the environment. Common pests include insects (e.g., ants, cockroaches, termites), rodents (e.g., rats, mice), birds, weeds, and other unwanted organisms.

Q: What is pest control treatment?

A: Pest control treatment refers to the application of various control methods, such as the use of pesticides or other means, to manage or eliminate pests from a specific area.

Q: Are pest control services safe for humans and pets?

A: Reputable pest control services prioritize the safety of humans and pets while dealing with pests. They use registered and approved pesticides, follow proper application procedures, and may use eco-friendly and pet-safe alternatives when appropriate. All products should be used in line with your organisation’s COSHH procedures.

Q: Can I do pest control at home or work myself?

A: Some basic pest control measures can be performed by homeowners and facilities managers alike, such as maintaining cleanliness, sealing entry points, and using traps. However, for more extensive infestations or specific pest problems, it is often best to consult professional pest control services to ensure effective and safe management.

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