Got a Problem with Rats? Worried About Coronavirus?
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The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) and the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) are lobbying the Government to have professional pest controllers formally recognised as key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As it stands, pest controllers are permitted to continue working under the current Government guidelines. However, should the restrictions become more stringent it is absolutely imperative that pest controllers are designated key workers as the pest management sector in the UK has a critical role to play in:
Protecting our nation’s food from farm to fork
Protecting other essential workers in hospitals and supermarkets
Protecting the vulnerable and sick from further exposure to diseases
Protecting the distressed from the mental anguish of an infestation
For these reasons, the BPCA and NPTA have written to the Government asking:
For the Government to recognise that pest management work is critical
The Government to acknowledge pest control and pest management cannot stop during the pandemic
At PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford we have also written to our MP Jesse Norman to express our concerns, particularly as we have seen a RISE in calls about pest issues during this period. Mr Norman has kindly agreed to take up this issue with the Prime Minister.
Why do we think pest issues are rising during this pandemic?
We consider this is for two key reasons:
Lots of businesses are shutting down and empty properties welcome pest guests;
As people are staying at home more they are noticing pest issues much more quickly and worrying about them more. As people are at home more they are generating more waste and this, in turn, can encourage pests.
Shouldn’t pest controllers also be staying at home?
Yes, of course, pest controllers should observe the social distancing rules and also stay at home as much as possible as well as everyone else. And, at PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford we are also doing this. We will not carry out any non-essential visits during this period.
What is PGM & Son Pest Control specifically doing to comply with the measures?
As pest controllers, we are well versed in risk control. Some of the Government's measures are quite normal in our business. For example:
We use personal protective equipment (PPE) normally. However, during this period we are increasing our use of PPE. You can expect us to arrive at a visit in PPE.
We carry out risk assessments as part of our normal business activities. During this period, we are adopting additional measures and spending longer discussing issues with customers prior to any visit.
Distancing measures are employed normally, for example, customers will normally be expected to vacate a property if we are using a certain type of chemical. Often we will be
Able to carry out visits to our commercial customers without even seeing a member of staff as rodent stations are sited externally and away from the general public.
We always travel to and from visits alone and in our own vehicle/s. We use industrial sanitizers and wipes and we change / replace PPE regularly.
Additional measures are:
Asking customers to move to separate rooms or to the garden or to take their daily exercise whilst treatments / monitoring is carried out.
Asking customers to email us photographs of pest issues so that we can see whether a face to face visit is critical.
Ceasing all non-essential visits.
So, if you have a rat or mice issue at this time and are worried about the impact of Covid-19 please give us a call so that we can discuss how best to resolve your problem whilst keeping you, your family and our team safe.
A reminder to customers what to look for if you think you have a pest problem:
What do they sound like?
What do their droppings / mess look like?
Spindle shaped & blunt for the