Pest Control

Pest Control

Vermin infestation can afflict the best-run businesses, and dealing with it effectively requires knowledge and skill. Because many of the treatments involve the use of poisonous substances, it is essential that pest control is carried out by people who have received proper training.

Our Pest Control courses provide both training and assessment, so that at the end of the course you know whether you have reached the Lantra Awards standard. If you are successful you will be awarded a Certificate of Basic Training and a nationally recognised Skills ID Card stating your competence to practice pest control.

Training is a legal requirement. Use of pesticides is governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA). The regulations require employers to ensure that pesticides are applied only by employees who have received appropriate training in their safe use. If you are self-employed, the regulations still apply.

Who is this course for?

Anyone working in the following industries:

  • Agriculture
  • Production Horticulture
  • Amenity Horticulture
  • Highway Maintenance
  • Game-keeping
  • Forestry
  • Landscaping
  • Floristry
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Outdoor sports areas including golf courses, cricket and football pitches

What do the courses cover?

In these courses you will learn:

  • about the pests you need to control
  • the relevant regulations
  • both preventative and curative methods of control
  • how to administer the pesticides safely and effectively
  • how to plan and monitor a pest control programme

Rodent Control:

  • Identify rats and mice and the typical symptoms of damage caused
  • Identify the degree and source of the infestation
  • State the legislative obligations and responsibilities relevant to the
    control of rats and mice
  • Describe the life-style, habits and habitats of rats and mice
  • Plan, implement and monitor an effective control programme for rats and mice
  • Select and carry out the most appropriate control methods, in line with current legal guidelines and recognised good practice
  • Understand the effect rodent control can have on the environment and ensure risks to non-target animals are minimised

Rabbit and Mole Control (1 day)

  • Identify the degree and source of the infestation for rabbits and moles
  • State the legislative obligations and responsibilities relevant to the control of rabbits and moles
  • Describe the life-styles, habits and habitats of rabbits and moles
  • Plan, implement and monitor an effective control programme for rabbits and moles
  • Select and carry out the most appropriate methods for rabbit and mole control in line with current legal guidelines and recognised good practice
  • Perform gassing operations safely and effectively, with due regard to
    humans, creatures, plants and the environment

Grey Squirrel Control  (1 day)

  • Understand the reasons for controlling grey squirrels and the effect they have on red squirrels
  • Understand the biology and behaviour of grey squirrels and its relevance to control
  • Survey grey squirrel activity and establish a control programme
  • Effectively lay poison safely and with no danger to other non-target animals to control grey squirrels
  • Set traps, both live capture and spring traps, safely and effectively with due regard to humaneness

All Pest Control Course Details

Certification :  Lantra Certificate  of Competence

Duration : 1 Day training  for each course. We generally run a rat/mouse and mole/rabbit on 2 consecutive days at a reduced cost.

Minimum of 6 candidates  per course

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