I am a local Surveyor for Rentokil Pest Control covering Central and NW London and am now into my 5th year with the company. (Ed note: Barry left Rentokil in August 2011 - we wish him luck and expect some future guest posts from him) Previously I worked in the industry as a technician for a family run Pest Control Business in Hertfordshire. Though small, they had several big clients to service including Tilbury Dock Yards where a routine visit took 2 days, part of which involved checking 400 snap traps set up around the port, to catch Black Rats coming in off the ships. This was only one of three known sites in the UK to have this pest. Prior to pest control I was a head chef and then a recruitment manager for the hospitality industry. This was followed by a stint at Holloway Womanâ€™s Prison as a Catering Officer, training inmates how to cook porridge (amongst other culinary delights). I decided that after 15 years of creating food sources for vermin around the UK, it was only right that I came back to clear up my mess and therefore joined The Pest Control Industry I am currently part of the Training Team for the Rentokil Academy where I assist trainee surveyors with their initial training and ongoing development. Outside of work I am a keen but average golfer and when not throwing tantrums on the fairways of Hertfordshire, I am attempting to finish my comedy scripts, which I have been writing on and off for years, to no avail. This time next year Rodneyâ€¦..!