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Opening a food or drinks business in Herefordshire or Worcestershire: Commercial Pest Control Tips

Opening a food or drinks business in Herefordshire or Worcestershire: Commercial Pest Control Tips

Protect your business with effective commercial pest control

Are you starting a food or drinks business in Herefordshire or Worcestershire? In this blog post, we'll explore the key reasons why you should prioritise commercial pest control, the types of pests commonly found in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and the best strategies to keep them out of your commercial space.

Legal Obligations for Employers

Meet your requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide a safe working environment for your staff – this means FREE OF PESTS!

PGM & SON; Legal requirements for Pest control

Under The Food Safety Act 1990 and The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 you must ensure you have adequate procedures in place for pests.

Why you need to comply with the law on managing pests in your hospitality business

The penalties for failure to comply can be severe – complete and immediate closure of premises; fines of up to £20,000 or up to six months in prison!

How to comply with the law

The best way to comply with the law is to engage the services of a professional pest controller.

This week we take a look at PGM & Son Pest Control’s Rodent Control Service for Hereford and Worcester hospitality businesses.

PGM & SON Pest Control – Rodent Control Services for Businesses

PGM adopts an integrated approach which considers non-chemical, biological and cultural methods as well as customer education, habitat modification and physical methods. We offer advice and support in this regard. It is not PGM policy to simply kill pests with a pesticide and we will do our utmost to prevent unnecessary suffering and to protect non-target species.

We support the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU)

We provide all our commercial customers with a pest control management manual which sets out:

  •  The history of PGM’s visits to your site;

  •  Copies of the reports we will provide you with at each visit;

  •  A copy of your site plan and the monitoring and control points;

  •  Reference material and other important information, which includes the availability of our:

  •  Professional qualifications.

  •  Membership of professional bodies.

  •  Our Terms of Business.

  •  Public Liability Insurance.

  •  Material hazards information.

  •  Risk Assessments.

PGM & SON; Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU)

We will ask you to provide a plan of your site or we may arrange to visit your site to prepare a plan.

We supply and install suitable bait boxes for your site, the number being dependent on the size and nature of your site and the existing pest activity.

We carry out routine inspections of your site to identify rodent activity and / or issues and risks likely to attract or influence pests.

Treatments are carried out where infestations are identified, in line with your contract for services.

Routine visits will normally be scheduled at regular intervals, e.g. monthly and will consist of inspecting the site, checking bait stations and replacing bait, or re-setting traps as required.

If you have any problems in between routine visits and your contract includes call outs, we’ll be straight out to check on any issues you may have. Otherwise, a call out service is also available.

We provide guidance and advice to clients on staying pest free.

As a business owner in the food or drinks industry, you know how important it is to maintain a clean and hygienic environment to keep your customers happy and your business running smoothly.

However, even the best cleaning practices can fall short if pests find their way into your commercial space. Rodents, cockroaches, flies, and other pests can cause damage to your products, contaminate your work areas, and pose serious health risks to your customers and staff. That's why it's essential to have effective commercial pest control measures in place to protect your business from infestations.

For information on our services, please go to our website:

For further information, or if you would like us to quote for our rodent control service, please contact us on 01981 540088 or email us at


Frequently asked Questions about Commercial Pest Control

Q: What is commercial pest control?

A: Commercial pest control is the management and control of pests, such as insects, rodents, and birds, in commercial or business settings, such as office buildings, warehouses, food establishments, restaurants, and hotels.

Q: Why is commercial pest control important?

A: Commercial pest control is important for several reasons, including ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers, protecting the integrity of the business and its products, and complying with legal requirements.

Q: What kind of pests can be found in commercial settings?

A: Common pests found in commercial settings include mice, rats, cockroaches, bed bugs, wasps, and birds.

Q: How do pests enter commercial buildings?

A: Pests can enter commercial buildings through various means, such as open doors and windows, cracks and crevices in the building's structure, and through deliveries and shipments.

Q: How can businesses prevent pest infestations?

A: Businesses can prevent pest infestations by implementing good sanitation practices, maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment, sealing cracks and gaps in the building's structure, and using pest control products and professional services.

Q: What should businesses look for when choosing a pest control service?

A: When choosing a pest control service, businesses should look for a company that is licensed and insured, has experience in commercial pest control, uses environmentally friendly pest control products and practices, and offers ongoing pest control maintenance and support.

Q: How often should businesses have pest control treatments done?

A: The frequency of pest control treatments depends on the type and severity of the pest problem, as well as the type of business and industry. A pest control professional can recommend a treatment schedule based on these factors.

Q: Is pest control safe for employees and customers?

A: Yes, pest control is safe for employees and customers when it is carried out by a licensed and experienced pest control professional using safe and environmentally friendly products and practices.

Q: What legal requirements are there for commercial pest control in the UK?

A: The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 require businesses to ensure the health and safety of employees and others who may be affected by their work, including managing pests in the workplace.


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