pest control protecting native species

Hillbans Pest Control always strives to ensure that we use products and practices that are strictly within industry guidelines and government legislation. We would never knowingly use a product that was unlicensed, unapproved or deemed unethical by our industry.

We also do our very best to consider our environment and the effect that some pest control products may have particularly in rural settings here on the Island. More and more of our customers agree with our thinking and are requesting a treatment programme which aligns itself with this ethos of being as harmless as possible to the land and to nature.

Hillbans has always prided itself on its ability to evolve and diversify and we have now introduced the use of ‘Good Nature’ rodent traps, a product that is poison free, humane and non-toxic.

The traps are approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and we adhere to the British Pest Control Association’s code of best practice for spring loaded traps when installing and using the product, as well as following the manufacturer’s instructions. We do not supply this product to customers to install themselves. The use of these traps eliminates the possibility of secondary poisoning which in turn allows an environment that is not only pest free, but in which native species can survive, thrive and flourish.

We are aware that there has been concern over non-target species being caught in these traps, but with the use of an excluder tunnel and strict adherence to usage and installation protocols, non-target species remain unharmed. This is particularly important in our work with rural businesses and in other areas where poisons can be harmful to other wildlife.

Our technicians are all qualified and experienced and our Director participates in the BPCA’s wildlife group. As a company we continue to educate ourselves and will always welcome the input of any person or organisation with specialist knowledge as to the habits of our Island wildlife, which would in turn allow us to carry out our work offering maximum benefit to our customers but with the least risk to non-target species.