Great care needs to be taken when carrying out pest control treatments in churches and places of worship. Both the needs of those who work and worship in the buildings, as well as the specific needs of historical buildings, the building structures themselves and their role and need to be accessible for regular usage as a valued part of the community, all need to be taken into account.
AMES work within churches and places of worship by:
- Carrying out professional assessments of the buildings structure, building materials and any risk factors associated with older or historic buildings
- Give realistic expectations of the time frames involved in carrying out treatments
- Form regular communication with relevant contact within the parish, livery council or community
- Give advice on prevention against future pest infestations
- Assess risks and needs of the surrounding physical environment
- Advise on any foreseeable potential risks to protected or historic building materials and structure
- Consult on the needs for usage of the place of worship and plan pest control treatments to minimise disruption
We were recently called in to St Mary’s Church in Hampshire by a surveyor who had found high numbers of harlequin ladybirds. Churches have regular inspections (surveys) to establish their condition and in this instance a surveying architect had found an abundance of the harlequin ladybird as an infestation. Having found the information on the harlequin ladybird pest control on this website, our details were passed to the church. Mr Phillips, Reverend and part of the livery council at St Mary’s, called us in and was later kind enough to give us feedback on the service.
The harlequin ladybirds were treated in the church. They were found in the church itself, church tower, upper galleries, window louvres and also in the base of small sapling trees in the church yard. All these areas were treated as part of the pest control treatment.
A very high level of ULV treatment is used (micron insecticidal spray). A residual treatment was also applied (a water-based spray). The ladybirds were largely found in clusters and were treated appropriately. The specialist treatments are effective as they get into every crack and crevice. As it is lighter than air it is effective to this end. The ladybirds then drop within an hour of the treatment being carried out. Air vents were also sprayed as this was possibly an entry point into the church.
The Reverend was kind enough to comment, “This has seemed to work extremely well. ..not a trace of the ladybirds…spectacularly successful. The louvres etc are now absolutely fine”. Mr C Phillips, Part of Livery Council, St Mary’s Church, West Broyle, Hampshire.