Killgerm Training is delighted to announce the very first and successful launch of the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Pest Management, which consolidates Killgerm’s status as the most innovative provider of pest control training in the UK.
Speaking for the Killgerm Technical and Training Department, Company Biologist Mark Butler said "we are delighted to be the first training provider to offer this Level 3 qualification. This is a fantastic achievement and the industry now has progression from Level 2.
We are proud to be in this position and this is a reflection of much hard work and innovation, not just from within Killgerm's Technical Department but also from our associates and RSPH, who have been very helpful throughout".
One Level 3 candidate, Wayne Penrose from Gateshead said "I am hugely excited and enthused at the prospect of working towards this new qualification. I am looking forward to the challenge and also to the benefits which this high level and valuable qualification will bring to me".
For further details regarding this qualification please contact: Training@killgerm.com
CIEH guidance for local authority charging
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has issued guidance on charging for pest control services for local authorities.
There is serious concern that more and more councils are deciding not to provide a pest control service and also that more councils are introducing charges for pest control services.
The CIEH guidance states the issues that local authorities should take into account when considering whether to introduce charges or contract the service out.
The guidance is available to download at NPAP Publications (www.cieh.org/policy/npap_publications.html)
Advion - Active Ingredient
It is not everyday that a new active ingredient comes onto the UK market, especially one that has proved
to be such an effective product in the US! DuPont’s new Advion cockroach gel, launched at PestTech, has been
formulated using the exciting new active ingredient indoxacarb Indoxacarb is based on a new class of
chemistry. When it goes onto Annex 1 of the Biocidal Products Directive on 1st January next year, it will
be the first new public health insecticide to achieve this status.
Advion - What are its advantages?
Advion cockroach gel bait offers many benefits and as studies show this unique formulation quickly attracts
cockroaches, out-competing existing food sources. This novel gel has a high-consumption bait matrix and a
potent non-repellent active ingredient. Not only has Advion been proven to be a very effective cockroach gel
but DuPont’s research and expertise has enabled them to use this new active ingredient within formulations
that can be classed as reduced risk.
Advion - So how does it work?
Indoxacarb is a member of the new oxadiazine class of insecticides that act by inhibiting sodium ion entry
into nerve cells, resulting in the paralysis and death of target insect pests. When cockroaches are exposed
to Advion, a three-step chain reaction is unleashed. It’s the third step that makes Advion so effective as
this tertiary control kills 54 cockroaches for every one cockroach exposed - a number that best matches the
average ratios of feeding males to the potential growth rate of the population. Killgerm Chemicals are proud
to be sole distributors of Advion Cockroach Gel in the UK.
Killgerm Training Opens New Facilities
Attendees on Killgerm training courses, including the recent RSPH Level 2 in Pest Control, have been enjoying
the brand new modern training facilities located next to the main Killgerm Group offices, on Wakefield Road in
Ossett. Formally named the Flushdyke Suite, the new Killgerm Training facilities officially opened in August
2009 and have so far proved to be a very welcome upgrade.
For information on Killgerm Training courses please contact Lisa Wales on 01924 268445 or email email@example.com.
Robin Moss elected Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB)
Our very own Technical Manager, Robin Moss has been proudly elected Fellow of the Institute of Biology,
which awards him Chartered Biologist status and demonstrates a considerably high level of dedication and
experience in biology.
As the professional body for biologists, The Institute of Biology is committed to speaking out as the voice
of British biology, representing members and the biology profession, promoting biosciences, enhancing the status
of the profession and fostering public understanding of life sciences.
CIEH Guide to Good Composting Practice
There have been concerns from within the pest management industry that poor composting practice around
domestic premises could potentially lead to an increased presence of rodents. Therefore, the National
Pest Advisory Panel of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has produced a 4 page document
outlining the essential steps necessary for effective composting without attracting rodents. Copies of
the document are available to download at NPAP Publications.
Proposed EU Regulation Threatens Rodent Control Across Europe
A new regulation coming before the European Parliament's Environment Committee on 26-28 April threatens to remove all
anticoagulant rodenticides from the market across the EU from 2013, preventing effective rat and mouse control in most situations.
Clearly this would seriously increase risk to both public and animal health as well as raising particular dangers for the safety and
quality of food not to mention the adverse impact on our environmental quality.
The anticoagulant rodenticides currently supported under the EU Biocidal Products Directive are the essential foundation of rat and
mouse control throughout Europe, accounting for an estimated 95% of current EU rodenticide use.
Despite wide acceptance of the vital role anticoagulant rodenticides play in protecting human and animal health and the environment,
the proposed text (Article 5.1) of the EU Commission's proposed Biocidal Product Regulation, could prevent their inclusion as 'active
substances' in the definitive Annex 1 List, completely prohibiting their future use.
This would be especially damaging given the fact that none of the very few available alternatives for Annex 1 inclusion provide
anywhere near an equivalent level of control and all have significant practical or safety limitations to their use.
Under these circumstances, it is essential the proposed new regulations do not exclude anticoagulant rodenticides from continued EU use.
We would therefore ask you to write to your Member of the European Parliament, stating how important it is to retain the use of
anticoagulants in rodent control as well as passing this message to all other stakeholders and influencers that you know.