Training opportunities for social housing providers in professional pest control outlined at key national event

National trade body the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) will be signposting the social housing sector to new training options available at a key national event.


PPC Live, BPCA’s major exhibition and conference, provides a wealth of information for those in social housing looking to find out more about expanding their influence in professional pest control.


The one-day event, taking place on Wednesday, 14 March at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire, looks at a wide-range of issues, including the development by the trade association of a pest industry apprenticeship scheme, which is of significant value to the social housing sector.


With the training programme, organisations turning over £3 million and over can train up their own professional pest controllers in-house, with the Apprenticeship Levy.


At PPC Live, a presentation on the apprenticeship scheme will be delivered by Martin Rose-King, Head of Apprentice Employer Development Group and Karen Dawes, BPCA’s Training Development Manager at 2pm.


As well as speaking at the event, both BPCA representatives will be available to help social housing organisations looking to investigate the issue further, with a range of support and advice.


Within social housing, effective pest control is critical, in terms of health and safety, the environment and organisational reputation.


The issue is increasingly on the radar within public sector environments, particularly in light of a recent report which has revealed the presence of a new generation of rats carrying a genetic mutation, making them resistant to conventional poison.


A study by the University of Reading and commissioned by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), has identified “the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England.”


It also reports that rats without the genetic mutation are being killed off by poison, so the resistant species are taking their place, leaving a growing population of resistant pure-breds.


According to BPCA, with their numbers expanding, there could be a significant risk to public health if their population is left unchecked, in both urban and rural environments.


The association says the spread has been accelerated by the application of rodenticides, by amateurs carrying out treatments themselves, or employing an unqualified individual to try to resolve the problem.


Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA Technical Manager, said: “The clear message is that, to be effective in tackling this issue, people should not attempt to self-treat rats.


“Professional use only rodenticides are often more successful, but most are subject to strict legislation, so it has become more important than ever before to make sure infestations are treated by experts.


“Rats must be dealt with by those with the skills required to understand rodent behaviour and their habitat, and who know how to treat any particular strain.


“The social housing sector should be aware of the situation and have the knowledge in place so they can advise clients on the right approach to take to tackle the issue.”


PPC Live will also feature a seminar on rising poison-resistance levels, led by Clive Boase, at 2.45pm.


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