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Guide to effective pest control

18 April 2018

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has developed a free guide for food processing companies highlighting the value of an effective maintenance cycle. 

The free guide highlights the importance of effective pest control in terms of public health, the environment and the upholding of a positive reputation. It features a calendar of pest problems, information on the most common species in the UK and procurement advice. The guide, which works alongside BPCA’s existing A to Z of Pests digital tool, includes insight from Peabody, Shepway District Council and The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA Technical Manager, said: “Effective pest control touches on the vital elements of a food processing company’s operations, including health and safety, the environment and corporate reputation. The most effective method to ensure protection and compliance is to introduce a maintenance cycle programme, with regular, targeted activity undertaken by a professional such as a BPCA member. This activity slots into an organisation’s scheduled operations to offer value and peace of mind.

“A large part of pest prevention is thinking ahead and identifying potential causes and entry points before infestations occur. Through the development of a routine maintenance cycle programme, a complete picture of effective preventative controls can be built, and relevant actions introduced.

“This will include inspecting premises on a routine basis and reporting on the status of pest infestation, organising and undertaking a programme of treatments, as well as using pest control equipment or chemicals to control and eliminate target pests.”

The guide - Ticking the box - the value of maintenance cycles for effective pest control - is available for free download at:

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