I'm a laboratory-based entomologist who works at Rentokil's European Technical Centre. I joined Rentokil in 2008 to set up and run research projects on the control of urban insect pests. Before Rentokil I worked for a consultancy that specialised in diagnosing timber defects in historic buildings, including wood-boring insect infestations and fungal decay. I own far too many books on urban insects and timber pests. When I'm not working you can usually find me playing board games and card games or fencing, occasionally.