Professional Poison Free Pest Control
The Professional V Amateur
NOUNA person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid rather than a professional basis.
‘it takes five years for a top amateur to become a real Tour de France rider’
ADJECTIVEEngaging or engaged in without payment; non-professional.
There is also a huge difference where paperwork and qualifications come in to play, I will go deeper into this in the Professional Pest Controller section as there no point writing it twice, but there you go the Oxford English Dictionary states it quite clearly, its not your Job or Profession, you do not get paid for it.
Risk Assessments, Health and Safety, working with the correct GL licences and if needed applying for exact licences like Gull licences etc, as well as the correct Professional Insurance but to name just a small part of the difference between the Professional and The Amateur, also as an Amateur if you get paid even a gratuitous payment like the farmer giving you the shot gun cartridges or air rifle pellets etc, this counts as gratuitous payment ie wages, this also voids your standard Country Sports insurance, although The Scottish Association for Country Sports (SACS) do include an enhanced Country Sports Insurance that covers this, so longs this is not your Job ie your Profession, I would urge everyone to join SACS they are brilliant and really fight our corner where it counts.
As an Amateur you get to go enjoy and your sport/pest control when it suits you, ie oh I think I might have a go on some rats at the piggery this week, no I wont bother its too cold/wet the Moon is in line with Mars all that mumbo jumbo, I have heard it before, but as a permission you are there when it suits you, many Amateurs I know do go the extra mile to do their best when needed, like my good friend Bucks Moocher he puts his heart and soul in to his pest control for his farmers, but he like everyone else has a day job that must come first, rent/mortgages/kids stuff/the car/the dog/house hold bills etc all have to be paid before you can go an enjoy your Amateur Country Sports or Pest Control, even that needs funding ie the equipment/ammunition/guns/traps birds of prey/dogs/ferrets just to name a few, so your day job pays for this too, now I am not saying here I shoot/hunt/trap, work my animals better than you The Amateur, I know so many Countrymen just like Bucks Moocher who work to best practices every bit as good as me, but that still does not make you a Professional, I will show you in the next section a small glimpse as to why I and my fellow Professional Pest Controllers get paid to do what in many cases you do for free as a hobby.
Relating to or belonging to a profession.
‘young professional people’
Engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
‘a professional boxer’
Worthy of or appropriate to a professional person; competent, skilful, or assured.
‘their music is both memorable and professional’
A person engaged or qualified in a profession.
‘professionals such as lawyers and surveyors’
A person engaged in a specified activity, especially a sport, as a main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
‘his first season as a professional’
A person competent or skilled in a particular activity.
‘she was a real professional on stage’
Risk Assessments now that's a right head ache for me even before I start a job, I do have some generic ones but one size does not fit all in this job, so I have to fill the forms out by hand then transfer them to computer when back at the office, this all takes time, time I am to be paid for in my JOB/PROFESSION, method statements now there's another head ache as of the generic ones don't fit all jobs/contracts, so these have to be customised, staying conversant of all the licences, the GL licences, applying for specific ones, I am barely touching on this as I could write a book on this subject, then there's the difference between Amateur Country Sports insurance and Professional Pest control insurance and complying with regulations under that as well, making sure the qualifications are up to date for myself, my animals and birds of prey and all the equipment, not forgetting the trucks and vans being kept in good order, properly insured and sign written just to touch briefly on this subject.
I have touched very briefly of this subject as I want to write a bit about being out on my rounds, but as you can see there is a vast difference between you The Amateur and me The Professional, some take the micky on my social media posts etc, I don't mind one bit, I like the banter and as many have found out I have skin as thick as a rhinos and a nose like one too, but remember don't give me stick if you cant take it back for this Lion bites.
I suppose one of the biggest differences I see between The Amateur and The Professional is? The fact I am being paid to be there in all winds and weathers, YOU are not and get to choose when you want to be there, I don't get the luxury to say oh its raining I will put the rugby on instead and have a beer, I have to be on the job day and night, 7 days/nights a week in all winds and weathers, also the client expects results if there is a fox attacking and they employ me to deal with it, then they expect it to be in the bag and dealt with, as an Amateur you can say you tried your best and most often the farmer etc will say have another go when you can, not The Professional your there to get the job done no matter what the weather etc, also a lot of folk now rely on the gadgets, they have no real field craft experience.
Now I have rambled on so much here I am running out of time, space and the will to keep writing, for there is a gurt roast Hoggett dinner waiting for me and an ice cold pint of Thatchers Rosie Cider chilling in the fridge, so what I will do is take you on a whirl wind ride around my pest control rounds, watch the videos and look the slide show and photos that accompany this article.
Compete morons and they should be strung up for cruelty to animals, those foxes don't know how to survive in the country, there are no bins or KFCs here to scavenge around, so they either starve to death, get driven off by the country fox as your in his territory, the farm dog has them or I or my compatriots The Amateur or Professional Pest Controller have to deal with them, or even farmer with his shotgun etc, STOP releasing town caught foxes you ghastly cruel people.
By The Ole Hedge Creeper