Why do you need pest control

Steve Laycock | 1 December 2014

Imagine if you will that you could be a "Human on the Wall", in the world of a Fly or a Cockroach or a Rat for a day and that you could observe their behaviour or habits, in a short space of time you would be pretty disgusted with what you saw.  I will not elaborate on this point any more except to say that they land, crawl and walk on just about anything and then bring whatever they pick up on their bodies into our environment.  They land crawl and walk on surfaces that we come into contact with and the food we eat. They contaminate our environment with bacteria and viruses which cause and spread diseases that make us ill and even in some circumstances prove fatal. 

You would probably be put off eating for a week. 

Any business or organisation in the UK that employs people, has under the Health and Saftey at Work Act 1974 to provide a clean, safe and hygenic environment for its staff. This includes ensuring that the environment is clear of pests in as much as it is practicably possible, and that action is taken to remove or control pest infestations if they occur.  This could mean having a continuous regime to control pests in place.

Any business or organisation that provides facilities or services to the public must ensure that measures to control pests  are in place.  In fact retail businesses, manufacturers, producers and suppliers of food products, producers and suppliers of non food products, restaurants, leisure, hoteliers and service industries all have to have measures in place.

In fact any business would fit at least one of these categories.

Should you have pest control? Yes.

Do you have to use a professional pest control company? No?    

As long as you have a competent person who understands the following you can implicate your own measures.

1. The biology, habits and behaviour of the pests you are dealing with

2, The safe use of any pesticides you are using, application and monitoring

3, Effective and humane measures to control pests

4. Regulations regarding the use of hazardous substances (COSHH) etc

5. Correct use of pesticides so as not to impact flora fauna and non target species (wildlife) etc 

6. Environmental impact.

7. Maintaining records and data that can be audited as and when required (Environmental health) etc

8. Safe management, control and disposal of hazardous waste.

9. The law

When you consider that the average cost of providing ongoing pest control sevices in the SME market is less than the cost of an average mobile phone contract  then using a professional is the obvious choice.

So why use a professional?

Consider this; a BPCA (British Pest Control Association) registered pest controller will ensure:-

1. You meet your requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. 

2. You have a safe system of work is in place using suitable RISK and COSHH assesments.

3. You meet your requirements under the Food safety Act 1990 and The Food Hygiene (England) Regulation 2006.  

4. You meet your 'Due diligence' requirements by utilising a comprehensive reporting system

5. You don't fall foul of the law and risk severe penalties including immediate closure, fines of upto £20,000 and upto 6 months imprisonment.

6. You are protected from loss of business or reputation

Our BPCA and BASIS PROMPT registered and qualified technicians undergo continuous training under the CPD (Continuous Professional Development) scheme which ensures they are completely up to date with the law, regulations and rules relating to pest control and the pesticides we use.

Continuos ongoing training ensures that our technicians use the best methods and practices available to ensure that they give excellent services to our customers.  Also that we understand and are continuously updated with changes in the rules, regulations and law regarding pest control, which are changing all the time.

These include:-

Food and Environment  Protection Act 1985 (FEPA)

Food Hygiene Regulations 2006

Control of Pesticide Regulations 1986 (as amended) (COPR)

Plant Protection Product Regulations 2005 (PPPR)

Plant Protection Products (Basic Conditions) Regulations 1997

Health and Safety at Work Act, etc ACT 1974

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999

Public Health Act 1936 and 1961

The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1991 (as amended) 

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW)

Groundwater Regulation 1998 

There are more;  at the last count there was 39

So when considering pest control make sure you use BPCA and BASIS  PROMPT registered professional that will protect your business from pests and you falling foul of the law 


Pests have the potential to:

Contaminate homes and workplaces, spreading disease and causing illness.

Damage stock, products and foodstuffs rendering them worthless.

Damage property, causing fires and flooding and costly repairs and maintenance.

Ruin reputations, leading to loss of business and prosecution.

If you need any help or advice regarding pest control don't hesitate to contact us.

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