Why Your Business Needs a Pest Control Contract

Today, most business owners have some kind of professional pest control contract in place. There is good reason for this. Allowing the experts to handle pest control ensures that you are providing a safe and healthy environment for your staff and customers and that your good reputation remains intact.

Any commercial operator that has encountered a pest problem knows the damaging impact pest species such as rats, mice, cockroaches and bed bugs can have. However, with contractual pest control, you can rest secure in the knowledge you’re protected around the clock and around the calendar from all the problems pests cause.

What Types of Business Need Contractual Pest Control? 

It’s easy to see why professional pest control contracts are essential for food service companies. With all the diseases pests carry, it is of course absolutely untenable to put public health at risk by allowing rodents and insects to come into contact with food being prepared for human consumption.

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The truth of the matter, however, is that contractual pest control is a necessity for all types of business. In fact, any building that has refuse kept nearby, a local water source or storage rooms filled with cardboard boxes, food or other supplies can attract and harbour pests. Offices, building sites and retail outlets are all just as likely to be invaded by rats, mice, cockroaches and pharaoh ants as any restaurant, pub or bar. Hotels, hostels, B&Bs, care homes, hospitals and hospices are all also vulnerable to bed bug infestations.

Only with contractual pest control – where expert technicians make regular site visits to check for signs of pests and install the proper protections – can business owners be sure their whole premises are adequately safeguarded against all species at all times.

Protecting Reputations

Pest control is an ongoing endeavour. It is a pressing one, too – especially as it’s your public image at stake. It can be difficult if not impossible to recover from news of an infestation – even after you’ve remedied the problem. In the age of social media, bad news spreads faster than wildfire. What’s more, if your business relies on review sites and other online or smartphone-based recommendation engines, even a single negative pest-related review can put many potential new customers off for life and see existing ones defecting to a competitor.

Of course, news of pest infestations also attracts attention from the local and even national press. In June 2019, for example, a takeaway restaurant in Reading made the headlines concerning a rat infestation and faced a £12,000 fine.

Contractual pest control will not only ensure that your business is always kept free from pests, but that your reputation isn’t tarnished across the press and social media as well.

The Business Benefits of Pest Control Contracts

Aside from protecting reputations, contractual pest control also ensures businesses remain in full compliance with all pest-related health and safety regulations. As we can see from the examples above, authorities come down hard on businesses that fail to maintain a pest-free environment, issuing substantial fines and leaving business owners to pick up the court and other legal costs. In addition, local authorities also have the power to temporarily close down an establishment if a severe infestation is discovered, harming productivity and the business’ ability to keep serving customers.

With a pest control contract, businesses also benefit from regular inspections, enabling specialists to identify and limit pest activity before a serious infestation takes hold. Many types of pest – including rats, mice, ants and bed bugs – can establish large infestations in a frighteningly short space of time. As such, the quicker the business acts the better – only with regular inspections from qualified and experienced professionals is this possible.

Another crucial benefit of contractual pest control is the time and resources you will save. Without a pest control contract, you will be relying on your staff to conduct inspections and take various ad hoc precautions which may or may not be adequate to protect your commercial premises from pests. With a contract, however, your employees can instead focus on the core tasks of their job description and leave the business of keeping their working environment rid of pests to the professionals.

Contractual Pest Control Services

Choosing a professional pest control company ensures your business will be free from pest species at all times. If you want to protect your reputation, meet health and safety standards and free your staff from the burden and stress of managing pests in your commercial establishment, you need a professional pest control contract in place with a reputed service provider.

At Baroque Pest Services part of Safeguard, we have over 30 years’ experience designing and implementing bespoke pest control solutions for commercial organisations in a wide range of sectors. We cover Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Torquay, Truro and many other areas in the South West and serve all kinds of organisations including: Bars, Pubs, Cafés, Restaurants, Hotels, B&Bs, Nursing Homes, Factories, Warehouses and Organic Farms.

Our contractual pest control services begin with a free consultation to assess your pest risk. We will then provide you with a tailored pest control contract that suits your business’s precise needs. Contact us today for a free quotation.

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