No matter what type of business you own, you will need to have an effective pest management strategy in place. Pests have the potential to contaminate the workplace by spreading disease and their behavioural traits can result in significant structural damage. It’s essential that you put the right provisions in place to protect you and your customers as if you fail to do so, you could face prosecution or even prison
Contrary to popular belief, commercial pest control management is not just about using pesticides. All pest programmes need to consider non-chemical, biological and cultural approaches as well as looking at broader issues such as employee education, environment modification and the strict monitoring of physical control methods. Naturally, pesticides will be deemed necessary at times and the Control of Substances Hazaedous to Health Regulations will influence the correct formulation and toxicity of the chemical used.
1) To ensure that harmful creatures are controlled
2) To ensure that non-target species are protected
3) For health and safety aspects of control
4) To monitor the humanness of pest management methods and techniques
Knowledge of the above requirements is essential and the practical application of such knowledge is what makes Pestcure experts in their field. Our outstanding results are a reflection of the skill and competence of our pest control technicians and our targeted control plans encourage a systematic approach to ensure that your company meets the required legislations. Our 5 part treatment and control plan consists of the following:
1) Risk assessment:
We will identify all aspects of risk, taking into account the pest involved, the potential spread of disease and the treatment specification.
2) Establish who may be affected and why:
We will consider people such as customers, employees, outside contractors, children and animals.
3) Eliminate or reduce the risk:
The treatment plan will be devised to meet health and safety requirements ensuring that all involved follow safe working practices.
Personal protective equipment is mandatory and will be used accordingly to minimise risk.
5) Record keeping:
Records and reviews will be maintained and training can be provided on this where there is any uncertainty.
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There are a multitude of reasons why pest management is law, the first being the issue of health and disease. The majority of pests have the ability to carry or transmit diseases to humans. Some are transmitted passively via contaminated surfaces, whilst others are transmitted actively via a bite or sting. As an employer, you have a duty of care to protect your employees whilst they are at work, meaning that you must have an effective pest management plan in place. This applies to the majority of workplaces, not just food premises.
Economic loss is one of the most important reasons for ensuring that a pest infestation is prevented. Costs due to pests include:
Foods can become contaminated with pest body parts as well as excreta. Food unfit for human consumption whether sold or not has to be destroyed which has an obvious financial implications.
Pests consume large amounts of food and if there is an available food source, the population will soon increase thus worsening the Financial loss.
Materials such as plastic, wood, metal and even concrete can be damaged by gnawing rodents. They can also cause more serious damage to electrical cables and this poses a major fire risk. All damaged materials will need to be repaired or replaced leading to economic loss.
Your reputation and business may never recover from a pest infestation and this could affect your trading relations. Prosecutions and fines for pest-infested premises could attract media attention to your business and the loss of consumer confidence may ultimately force closure.
These are the largest of the four groups and are characterised by having the body divided into the head, thorax, abdomen, a pair of antennae, six legs and wings.
This group includes spiders, mites and ticks. Arachnids are distinguished by the division of the body into two parts: the cephalothorax and the abdomen. They have 8 legs and unlike insects, no antennae.
Crustaceas include crabs, lobsters and shrimps and are mostly water dwelling animals although there are some exceptions such as the woodlouse. Crustaceas have two pairs of antennae and at least five pairs of legs.
Myriapoda translates to "many legs" and includes creatures such as centipedes and millipedes.
Insects have exploited just about every conceivable niche in the terrestrial environment and worldwide losses are astronomical. Not all insects transmit diseases but nonetheless they can still be hazardous to humans if they find their way into our food sources. The insects that do transmit serious diseases can be fatal to humans hence the need for strict control measures.
Pestcure can help your business to achieve a long term solution by removing the conditions that invertebrate pests need to survive. This approach is proven to yield the best results and is sustainable long-term.
Food premises are subject to more stringet regulations to ensure that food is not put at risk. The food safety legislation requires that:
1) The whole site has an effective preventative pest control programme in place to minimise the possibility of an infestation and can respond to such an event swiftly to prevent any risks to food.
2) the company contracts the services of a confident pest control company or have appropriately trained staff to carry out regular inspections and treatments, as well as deterring and eradicating infestations.
1) all pest control is carried out by staff who are trained and competent and gave sufficient knowledge to select the correct pest control chemical and proofing methods.
2) sufficient resources are available to respond swiftly to an infestation.
3) Special technical knowledge is available when required.
4) legislation regarding the use of pest control products is understood and implicated.
5) pesticides are locked away in a designated, safe area.
6) pest control documentation and records are maintained.
7) pest control surveys are regularly carried out and modified if deemed necessary.
Amazing service, sorted a reoccurring flea infestation with ease! 10/10 would definitely recommend and use again (although hopefully I won't have to haha!) Thanks pestcure!
Pestcure helped us with removing squirrels from our loft - they were extremely professional and took great care with the work. I highly recommend them.
I called in regards to a wasp nest and it was gone within a couple of days. Great service, very professional and friendly. Highly recommended! Thanks again!
This company came out same day and discovered a rat nest at my house! The member of staff was very nice man and took his time to explain everything professional service. I was happy with price as it was also 3 visits lots of dead ones on 2nd visit. Great job thank you very much
Fantastic service arrived within 1 hour, we had a pigeon in the eaves of our loft it was extremely difficult to get to the bird, however, the workman worked out a solution & managed to retrieve the pigeon. Can highly recommend this company & the friendly workman.
1) Our legal requirements meet your requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide a safe working environment by employing a fully insured BPCA member, who operates a safe system of work using suitable RISK and COSHH assessments.
2) Pestcure meets your requirements under the Food Safety Act 1990 and The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 to ensure adequate procedures are in place for pests by employing a BPCA member.
3) We meet your ‘due diligence’ requirements by using a comprehensive reporting system as provided by a BPCA member. The penalties for failure to comply can be severe, including complete and immediate closure of premises; fines of up to £20,000 or up to six months in prison.