27 Feb

Bitesize training: pests in domestic buildings

CIEH member: £55
Affiliate member: £110
Non-member: £110 

Two-hour bitesize training

Time: 10.00 - 12.00

Please note that this training will be delivered via the Zoom online platform.  Please ensure that you are able to access this prior to booking.

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This training event explores the investigation and identification of common household pests. Delegates will learn how pests gain entry into buildings and how to recognise the signs of their presence. The event will discuss the effects of pests within a building, the damage they may cause to the structure and fabric of a building, and the hazards this may represent.

Delegates will examine common methods of construction to prevent pests entering a building, practical repairs to remediate any damage they may have caused, measures to deter their entry, and treatments for their removal and eradication.

Pests which will be considered:
• Rats, mice, squirrels
• Wood boring and plaster beetles, cockroaches, wasps, ants and houseflies


  • Establish how pests gain access to buildings
  • Understand how to identify them
  • Recognise the damage they cause and the risks they pose within domestic dwellings
  • Carry out works of improvement. Prevent their access into the property and prepare a schedule to make good the damage caused
  • Be able to come up with a treatment plan
  • Be confident that the plan will be effective

Who should attend?

  • Housing EHOs
  • Property managers
  • Repair surveyors

CPD: 2 hours

Paul Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of Inner London and two rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a residential social landlord as a maintenance manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995, Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company in 1998.

After leaving school, Paul was one of the first students to obtain a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health at the University of Greenwich, gaining further qualifications with a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University, as well as achieving certification in Quality Assurance Assessment.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since its inception in 1999 to date. He is a University of Warwick Trainer for the system, having helped deliver over 100 courses on the assessment and enforcement of the system.

Recent contracts have included:

  • Managing the Houses in Multiple Occupation Team at Eastbourne Borough Council

  • Acting Private Sector Housing Manager for Gravesham Borough Council, specifically submitting a successful bid for £860,000 of additional grant funding

  • Delivering training courses to Private Sector Landlords on HMO issues

  • Delivering training courses to Surveying Companies and RSLs on the Health and Safety Hazard Rating System

He is currently employed as a Principal Environmental Health Officer for the London Borough of Sutton dealing with all aspects of private sector housing, taking the lead on HMO Inspections and Licensing.

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