GREEN CREDENTIALS AND OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
As well as ensuring the safe use of pesticides we continually try to reduce our carbon footprint and have proved this through our green credentials by scoring a low sustainability index score and we have a Greening Business Accreditation which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
We will never use pesticides if we do not believe pests are present. We will use non-toxic ‘baits’ for rodents and pheromone or sticky traps for insects instead. If we establish that there is a pest problem then we will carry out a risk assessment before choosing the safest and most efficient method to clear the infestation. Our primary aim is to help the customer help themselves by coming up with innovative pest management systems to try to ensure the pests cannot get in and breed up in the first place. This includes advice on housekeeping, storage and shutting down entry points or opening up hidden breeding areas.
For rodents outside we primarily use mouse or rat traps as these do not pose a risk to non-target animals such as voles and shrews and also ensures that rodenticides do not enter the food chain. If we need to use baits then all of these will be removed once we have cleared the problem and the amount removed is recorded and disposed of via a specialist pest control waste disposal company. We record on a COSHH form all materials used and this form is left on site but also saved digitally for easy access from any computer.
We believe we are very successful with our green credentials at limiting the use of paper and do not use aerosols that contain CFCs. We are very organised at recycling all packaging, electronic fly unit tubes, strip lights and paper that is used. We provide various types of eco vehicles to the staff that need them and two of our technicians solely use public transport. For effectiveness we need to use the most efficient pest control products but this generally means that less of the product is required. If we have an option then environmental sustainability questions are raised about the product before price.
How are Beaver green?
Regional – We are still a regional company covering London and the South East. As our portfolio grows our areas become denser which reduces travel time and driving miles. Our company strategy is to stay regional and continue to increase route density which will make us more sustainable.
Lightfoot – After a successful trial our entire fleet is now fitted with Lightfoot. Lightfoot encourages better driving through the monitoring of engine revs and a reward system for elite driving. We have been amazed by the response of our team. Technician’s who were previously considered poor drivers, are now top of the elite drivers scoreboard. The system is predicted to reduce fuel costs by 20%.
Green zone – Our first Green Zone was SW17, our home. We now have a Central London Green Zone where pest control is carried out by seven foot technicians covering SW1,W1, WC, SE1 and The City. All travel is either by foot or using public transport. Equipment and materials are stored at our Central London stores reducing the need for our vehicles to enter Central London. We are now in the process of expanding the Green Zone to W2, W8,W14 and SW5.
New system – All reporting is now electronic, with reports e-mailed automatically to the customer two hours after the visit is completed. This new system has reduced the need for hard copy reports, paper, printing, and has improved efficiency. For large group customers report are e-mailed direct to site and also to head office. This gives head office complete visibility over any pest issues on site without the need for site visits.
Whatsapp – As well as e-mailed reports we use secure Whatsapp’s group for our larger group customers. The group is used for site pictures so that facilities managers can see what is going on without the need for a site visit.
This system has really improved communication between site and remote FM’s.
Motion sensor cameras – Motion sensor cameras are available to monitor activity on site. Activity is e-mailed back to the Beaver office by the system for analysis.
Bio-acoustic systems – We use bio-acoustic systems as bird deterrents. These systems operate 24/7 and deter birds from nesting and landing on the buildings permanently. The system just requires a 3 monthly visit by a technician to check operations and adjust any of the computer generated distress calls.
Beewise – Our team sit on special interest groups for the British Pest Control Association. The aim of the Beewise SIG is to provide education and advice which protects bees from unnecessary treatment.