Pest Experience

A couple of months ago i was informed by my School that I have to complete two weeks of work experience, as i sat in my classroom debating on what boring office job awaited me,it finally clicked... I wanted to go and work with Pest Purge, a world away from a boring office job. After sorting out all the paperwork I was ready to go and I arrived at Pest Purge head office as a young trainee pest controller. After a little bit of office work which involved approaching new customers which we feel could benefit from the excellent service of Pest Purge we had six jobs to complete. For the first day of our pest jobs we was lucky in the fact that the sun was shining and me and my co-worker Richard could cruise along in the sunshine to our jobs. the first job was a returning job of Mice. Richard had previously visited the house which had been infested with mice and he had laid the bait and hoped for success, our job was then to go and collect the captured Mice and dispose of them and the bait that had been used. With the sun still shinning me and Richard headed off to a weeding job, we had the perfect weather for this. Thistles and Weeds may not be the conventional pests but they are very annoying for anyone and could be very dangerous for any field or garden that contains horses. After spraying these weeds and thistles me and Richard were ready for our next job. This job was an unwanted rat infestation in a local man's garden, for this job we had to go and check on all the bait that had been put down and assess the whereabouts and the number of rats left. From this job we continued on with our day on to the next job. This job was a mole job, Richard and another co-worker had previously visited this site and trapped it in waiting for the moles, our job was to go and remove the traps as Pest Purge had once again successfully exterminated the pest. Our last job of the day was a mice job, it was the first time we were visiting this site and therefore it was up to us to asses the infested areas and decide what type of action we should use, after locating the key area we placed two trays of bait and two sticky boards down. After that it was home time. The next day we had one job to complete this was a mice job. As we arrived at the site we were greeted by a lovable boxer dog puppy which made our day a little bit brighter seen as we wasn't as lucky as the previous day and the weather was damp and dreary. The job had previously been visited by Richard so it was up to us to check on the bait and the number of mice left, we left the job safe in the knowledge that by that time in the next week the mice will be gone for good. and that was our week of jobs done, a variety of jobs completed, two happy pest controllers and six happy customers. In the week coming up we have already received two jobs which are moths and Cockroaches and the first day of the week has not even been completed... looks like we are in for a busy week. One thing that I have learnt from my first week as a trainee pest controller is that many hours are spent on the floor looking for mice droppings.
I would lastly like to thank Richard and his wife Jane for their excellent hospitality and a special thanks to Jane for her amazing cheese sandwiches.

Every cloud has a silver lining...

They may have brought damp and dreary weather but the clouds that have given us such a dreadful start to the summer have a silver lining. Experts believe that the poor weather conditions have helped to keep the number of wasps down, therefore delighting picnickers up and down the country for when the sun does finally decide to show its face. The low temperatures, downpours and high winds have been met with a decrease of small insects on which wasps feed their broods, at a crucial time in this pest's life cycle. This is good news for everyone (except us pest controllers) as it is believed that by the time the weather improves...if it improves, then there are expected to be a fewer number of wasps to previous years. Dr Hugh Tilley from the Royal Entomological Society said, It is fair to say that wasps will have suffered in this weather. At this time of year, if they don't get nutrition from other insects it is harder for them to survive. And if those other insects aren't showing their heads and taking flight, it is very difficult for predatory insects to forage. It will have a knock-on effect on the amount of brood they are able to produce and therefore the next generation". The rain will also mean a decrease in Butterflies and Ladybirds this summer and Bees are finding it hard too with late blooming of flowers and therefore some of their colonies are facing starvation. April may have been the wettest on record, but my gosh are we in for some brilliant floral displays! Trouble is... May and June were not a lot better.