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COVID: Is Pest Control An Essential Service?

Is pest control an essential service? The answer to this question really depends on who you’re asking. You see, the average man or woman on the street does not see pest control as an essential service. But what you have to realise is that this simply isn’t true. In fact, pest control is a highly essential service, and this is especially true during the pandemic. There are several reasons for this.

Why is pest control essential during the pandemic?

Is pest control an essential service during the pandemic and should we be allowed to operate? While the answer to this question may not seem apparent there are a few things you have to understand. Hundreds of businesses have been shut down during this period. In addition to this, many public spaces have been completely abandoned. What this means is that there is no one to chase the pests away. They have taken advantage of this and are using this time to multiply at an exponential rate.

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Over the last few months we’ve seen a phenomenal increase in the numbers of pests. This is especially true in businesses like restaurants and hotels. These businesses have borne the brunt of lockdowns and pandemic business pest control issues. Many restaurateurs and hotel owners have returned to their businesses to find them crawling with insects and vermin. 

Is pest control an essential service? Pests spread disease

Well, the reason why this is important is because many pests spread deadly diseases. Pests such as rats, flies, and cockroaches are riddled with things like salmonella, Lyme disease, and even cholera.

These vermin are also well known vectors for deadly bacteria’s, viruses, and parasites. At a time when many people are fighting a deadly virus, we cannot allow these pests to spread further diseases.

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The bottom line is that pest control is essentially a matter of public health because people can easily become infected with these conditions and become ill. This puts extra stress on familes who are already trying to stay safe from COVID. More people with pest related health issues also drains unnecessary resources from the NHS.

What the pest control industry experts have to say

The big wigs in this industry back us up. According to the BPCA (British Pest Control Association), “Professional pest management is a critical service which supports public health.” The association went on the say that, “However the risks of spreading COVID-19 need to be balanced against the risk of inadequate control and management of pest species.”

Pest control means your safety is assured

What this basically means is two things. One pest control is vitally important during this pandemic and local lockdowns. Two, despite this, safety needs to be taken into consideration. Your health is of utmost importance to us. This is why our team is making every effort to stay safe during the pandemic. This includes a number of measures such as social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing equipment and so on.

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Finally, you should also realise that pest technicians spend half their lives clad in PPE. This makes pest control one of the safest industries to work in during this period. Ultimately, you have nothing to worry about. Even though we’re working during this time and are available 24 hours a day, there is very little chance that our technicians will spread the virus.

Lack of pest control could make problems worse. What you should also realise is that if pest control firms are not operating, things may actually become worse. As we’ve said, pests can be dangerous because they spread bacteria, parasites, and viruses. With so many people in poor health, the last thing you want is pests. Also remember, the bubonic plague (another pandemic) was caused by fleas who infested rats.  If this doesn’t give you an idea of the seriousness of pest control, then nothing will.