Meet Our Pest Control Management Team
Since a very young age the countryside has always interested me. At the age of 10 I would spend my weekends camping and studying the wildlife around my grandfather’s dairy farm. Up until the age of 15 my ambition was to become an agricultural vet – this coincided with the foot and mouth outbreak (2001) that claimed the lives of over 10 million livestock, leaving numerous farmers struggling to deal with such a loss. Many tragically taking their own lives due to devastating effects of the outbreak.
These events resulted in the mass eradication of specific pest species as they were proven to carry the disease. This is where my interest in pest control began, not gaining pleasure through killing pests but gaining an understanding of the effects that pests have on the various environments that humans have created.
I studied Wildlife & Countryside Management at Bishop Burton agricultural college for three years, where I gained further experience on land management and all that comes with it. Once leaving college I travelled the UK working on various farms and carrying out a variety of agricultural projects to further my knowledge. Once the travelling was over, I worked as a specialist pest technician at one of the leading pest control companies in the UK and it is here where I honed my pest control skills.
In 2012 I set out on my original goal of running my own specialist agricultural, domestic and commercial pest control company. With the practical experience accrued on the various farms and the professional training gained working as a specialist technician, I was armed with the knowledge to provide a premium service to farms, estates, commercial enterprises and domestic customers.
Pest and vermin control techniques vary depending on their locations. Rats, mice, squirrels and birds in urban locations will feed and behave differently to their rural relations and this is why a specialist rural pest controller is required to deal with rural and agricultural issues. This in turn can save you money and the relief of knowing your pest control related problem is dealt with swiftly by someone who understands:
Sam joined us at the start of 2019 and has quickly found himself a pivotal part of the team.
Sam studied agriculture and animal husbandry at Askham Bryan for 5 years, although still young (23) Sam has a very mature head on his shoulders.
Sam was employed by AgriPest due to his specialist knowledge of shooting, trapping and the more traditional pest control techniques. With inhouse training and obtaining professional qualifications, Sam has embraced and excelled in all aspects of pest management.
Not only has Sam excelled in pest management but has become a huge hit with the customers! Sam is incredibly polite, honest, trustworthy and a delight to work with and I have no doubt he will carry on being a brilliant pest controller!
Jess is a fully qualified pest controller and has been the linchpin of AgriPest since the day it started. Jess has spent countless hours listening and supporting me during the early days of us setting up AgriPest.
Jess also studied Animal Management at Askham Bryan for three years, as well as working for the NHS. She has helped me set up the business, completed many pest control jobs herself and recently became the company secretary.
Being a pest controller’s wife means many early mornings, late nights and being incredibly understanding and always been prepared to muck in. Jess has strived at all these things while been a brilliant mum.
Mick and I have been incredibly good friends for 10 years now and both worked at the same Leeds based pest control company.
Mick set up Kestrel Pest Management at the same time I set up AgriPest Management and we have worked very closely ever since.
Mick has over 30 years’ experience within the pest control industry and has built an excellent reputation in South Yorkshire as the go to pest controller.
Mick will often help the AgriPest team on our larger projects throughout the UK, his ability to deal with all pest related issues makes him an extremely valued member of the team.
Mick and I speak daily discussing techniques, regulations, advise and new products available to us as pest controllers. This ensures that our product and regulatory knowledge is always the best it can be.