Meet Our
Field Biologist

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Meet Our Field Biologist

A Field Biologist (FB) plays a crucial part in maintaining a safe and effective pest management system and are especially valuable to anyone involved in food manufacturing, warehouses and distribution, pharmaceutical and with other complex needs. Indeed the role of the Field Biologist is so important, that depending on the site specific pest risk assessment (SSPRA) for your site, your own customers auditors will insist of a specific number of FB reports every year. Each body have slightly different standards, including the British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety, Tesco’s, M & S, Salsa, Red Tractor, etc… we work with them all.

What Does a Field Biologist Do?

A Field Biologist’s job is to impartially assess the building, processes and local environment to identify potential issues that may affect the site's risk for pest activity. They can then make appropriate recommendations to help reduce or eliminate pests, such as altering the methods of monitoring or controlling pests and steps that customers could take to improve their IPM systems. These recommendations are hugely important, but rest assured we live in the ‘real world’ and hence are both pragmatic and business minded, knowing our customers don’t have unlimited budgets.

Our Field Biologist will make specific recommendations designed to help and won’t use terms such as ‘proofing where necessary’ which isn’t a great term as it doesn’t really help but is all too common – we will give precise recommendations with photographs, and also an indication as to the degree of importance for each point.

In many ways they lead the overall pest management programme – guiding the efforts of both the customer and technicians, using the HACCP principles.

What Is HACCP?

HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. A food safety management system based on the principles of HACCP is a systematic approach to identifying and controlling hazards, whether microbiological, chemical or physical, that could pose a threat to the production of safe food – identifying what could go wrong in a food system and then planning how to prevent it. Pest control plays a crucial part within HACCP.

This ensures not only compliance but a truly Integrated Pest Management approach.

We are fortunate to have not only an experienced Field Biologist used to being part of the HACCP team, but a highly qualified one too:

  • Certified Field Biologist by the British Pest Control Association
  • Highfield Level 4 in food safety management for manufacturing
  • Special interest and expertise with Stored Product Insects (SPI)

How We Report Back To You

Our field biologist reports are essentially all about quality control, analysing the current Integrated Pest Management programme and its effectiveness, recommending any changes, checking the paperwork and audit trails are in order (after all, it’s these that will be examined by your own auditors).

We produce a detailed written report to include photographs, any trend analysis, specific recommendations and will take a holistic approach to your whole site, to include any positive observations too. Everything we do is designed to give you and your customers confidence that you have an effective programme in place.

If you want to know how well you are doing, identify any weaknesses and create a tailored action plan just for you – we can help. We have extensive experience with sites covering BRC, M & S, Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco standards, not to mention SALSA, Red Tractor, Soil Association and many others.

There isn’t much we haven’t seen or worked on!

An example field biologist report can be found here:  FB Technical Survey Report

1. Contact

Call or email us to discuss your pest problem and we will give you advice or arrange for our local technician to make a visit.

2. Survey

We will arrange a survey if necessary, at a time convenient for you and provide a quote and pest recommendations. 

3. Treatment

Abate Pest Management, BPCA certified technicians will visit to treat your pest problem. We’ll make as many visits as required to ensure your problem is resolved.

4. Guaranteed Service

We guarantee to solve your pest problem, working together.