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    Just like sourcing any other tradesperson that is going to be working on your premises; it is important that you select the right one first time round. Failure to do so could potentially cost you more in the long run.

    A few questions I would personally ask a company that is going to carry out either fox control and exclusion proofing works would be:

    • How long have you been doing this type of work?
    • Do you have any references of previous customers. (Be careful with this one as they could give you a family or friend to contact).
    • Do you have Commercial Public Liability Insurance that will cover you for this type of work?
    • Are you registered with any Trade Associations such as the AUWP or BPCA?
    • Do you have an accountant?
    • Are you VAT registered?
    • Can you provide a full Survey Report, Recommendation & Quotation package for us to read through before we commit?
    • Do you follow a specific Code of Conduct?
    • Are you registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier?
    • Are you a Firearm Certificate Holder?
    • Do you have an understanding of the Wildlife & Countryside Act & and Animal Welfare Act.

    If may sound crazy, but in this day and age you have to treat each meeting as an interview.

    The reponsibility of Wildlife Management primarily falls to the experienced technician; but also the customer.

    Never commit to any work unless you have received a Method Statement or Quotation Package.

    Verbal Method Statements can be quickly forgotten.

    If anyone asked me the above I would not be insulted as I am a professional.

    If anyone you asked became offended with your questioning; I would wonder why?

    I love to be asked questions as I feel that if you really need my services; you are entitled to know everything that will help you make your decision.

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    Insurance comes at a premium; but you have to have it. No if's or but's.

    If you are planning to employ someone to carry out Wildlife Management it is vital that they have sufficient insurance to protect you, your business or home.

    Having a mate round as a favour or because you are going to give them a 'drink' for their efforts as opposed to an experienced professional will mean that they will not be actually insured should something go wrong or specifically trained in what they are supposed to be doing.

    After all, if you needed to have a gas boiler replaced you wouldn't grab the first person off the street without checking their details before handing them a spanner.

    The other problem with this is if something goes wrong; you will have no come-back.

    You have to be careful what insurance documents are shown to you.

    Firstly the type of insurance policy will be critial.

    Insurance obtained from most public shooting associations will be class as RECREATIONAL USE ONLY.

    This means that it will not cover any claim if money has changed hands in a business transaction.

    Recreational Use Only Insurance is what it is.

    Business Insurance Policies specifically tailor-made for the Pest Control & Wildlife Management Sector is created to safeguard both the client and the operator.

    Public Liability Insurance is the main certificate that you will want to check.

    Ensure that it it is for Business Use NOT Recreational Use and also check the expiry dateds.

    Public Liability Insurance of Commercial Wildlife Management Opeerations comes at a high premium which is reflected in the cost of your service.

    Therefore, if your quotation is exceptionally 'cheap' I would suggest that corners are being cut somewhere along the line.

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    As much as it is an inconvenience having a dead fox on your property that needs to be  disposed off in a legal manner or the planned removal of nuisance foxes that need to be humanely removed from a specific location; a cost is involved.

    A part from our accumalated years of specialist experience in 100s of urban fox situations that cannot be gained from reading text books, watching dvd's and internet search engines; our prices have to include Business Public Liability Insurance, Accountancy Fees, Waste Disposal Routes, Government Agency Licensing, UK Home Office Licensing, Vehicles including running costs and maintenance, Specialist Equipment not routinely carried by a 'pest controller', Trade Memberships and access to Health & Safety Advice 24Hrs a day.

    If you are seeking a 'cheap' service that is not traceable or answerable to their actions; you are looking in the wrong place. Cheap is inferior or shoddy. That is NOT us.

    We are the leaders in our profession which is why we are used by other Pest Control Companies both small and UK national.

    At the end of the day you get what you pay for.

    If you pay peanuts you will get monkeys.

    If you think we are expensive; try a 'cowboy'.

    They will cost you more to put their wrong right especially if they are not insured, correctly registered or commit a Wildlife Crime.

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    There are several species of heartworms widespread in different parts of the world.

    Dirofilaria immitis is a nematode (round worn) commonly found in domestic and wild canids; however, it is absent in the British Isles where it cannot survive the cool climate.

    Angiostrongylus vasorum is also a nematode (parasitic worm) commonly found in domestic dogs, foxes, and other canids in southern England and in many parts of Europe.

    Although it is called heartworm, it actualy lives in the lung arteries of its definitive host such as foxes and dogs.

    Most parasites are transmissible between foxes and domestic dogs.

    The main safeguard is to ensure your dog receives precautionary worming treatments recommended by your Vet.

    Disease transmission requires an immediate host (slug or snail) and a definative host (fox or dog) although frogs that have eaten infected slugs or snails have also been implicated in the transmission to dogs and presumably, foxes.

    The disease has severe consequences for the infested animal, including heart failure and death. The disease is not easily treated in dogs and since foxes have been implicated as a reservior this is a matter of concern. 

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