Read what the President of Pest Control Association of Malaysia has to say about the industry.
(Pics courtesy of PCAM)
Buying furniture, getting a fresh coat of paint, and even insuring against damages are chief concerns when one purchases a property or owns a bricks-and-mortar business.
However, pest control is often overlooked in the initial stages and only becomes an immediate priority upon seeing the critters ‘in action’ in the kitchen or the bathrooms.
Let’s not even talk about the unseen menace — termites — capable of inflicting severe damage to your precious living quarters or business establishment.
This is why the current economic sentiment doesn’t really put a damper on the activities of pest control operators. At least, this is the belief held by Pest Control Association of Malaysia (PCAM) president, Tajudin Abd Kadir.
Tajudin wants pest control operators to unite under PCAM to enable industry-related issues to be solved.
“Of course, the effect is there. However, we (the members and operators in general) believe in the ability of this industry to sustain. I mean, who would want to compromise when confronted with a pest problem? Can you live with a heavy rat infestation in your house? Or termite problems in a building? Or bedbugs in a hotel? I think the answer would be pretty obvious,” remarks Tajudin.
General pest control management targets creatures that cause threats to the human population through their habits. Cockroaches, rats and termites are the most common culprits, and the less common ones are animals such as birds and bats.
“Termite treatment and extermination are the most in-demand services because the problems caused by the wood-devouring insect can impact the economy. The government has allocated a big budget to control termite infestation in government buildings, especially all school buildings in Malaysia. Other pest issues such as rats, roaches and mosquitoes may affect the health and well-being of the society,” Tajudin elaborates.
Since PCAM’s establishment in 1994, professionalism and safety have been the most important items on its agenda.
For the uninitiated, one of the objectives of PCAM is to be the official communication link between pest control managers and national and state regulatory agencies.
PCAM has almost 200 active, associate and honorary members.
To be a member of PCAM, a pest control company must obtain the necessary licences such as the Pest Control Operator Licence, Pesticide Applicator Licence (for technicians working with the company), and licence to sell pesticides. Thus, a PCAM membership means that the company is a certified and professional pest management service provider.
A PCAM membership also instils a sense of collective responsibility and awareness among members to protect and safeguard the environment against pests.
However, according to Tajudin many challenges still need to be resolved within the industry despite the fact that it has been in existence for the past 23 years.
“Stronger enforcement of rules and regulations is one example, as well as unlicensed pest control operators and the selling and production of unregistered pesticides. We need to work hand in hand with the relevant agencies and authority in order to protect our industry and to safeguard the society and the environment.
“More licensed and qualified pest control companies must come together to voice out issues affecting the industry and also educate the society (on how these will eventually affect them).”
For more information on the group’s activities, visit PCAM website.
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