Local councils and authorities would always recommend food premises employ the services of a pest control contractor. It is widely recognised that we are never far away from rats or mice, and they will seek out ways of entering a building which handles or stores food.
Mice and rat control contracts are not just limited to food-related sites. Any business or council-operated premises can benefit from pest control contracts. For example, any building which has refuse kept nearby, a local water course or waste ground can be susceptible to pests including rodents. These premises can all benefit from the preventative measures we put in place as part of a regular pest control contract.
Knowing which pest control contractor to choose?
It is worth checking if a pest control contractor is part of a recognised industry body, such as the National Pest Technicians Association or The British Pest Control Association. It is also worth asking how the company goes about training their technicians and what experience in the field the people running the business have. Reputable pest control companies will also hold relevant documents such as public liability, employers liability etc.
Responsible Pest Control Contractors
A good pest control company will understand the products they use to deter or control pests such as rats, mice or bed bugs. They will also be able to explain to you their choice of products and materials and their impact on your environment, and the surrounding environment.
What will my pest control contract cover?
Generally pest control contract will cover the immediate treatment of the pests and regular follow-up visits which enable the pest controller to check for signs of infestation. Either written or online inspection sheets document what has been observed, recorded and treated on each inspection visit. These inspections are also an opportunity for the pest controller to offer advice to you on aspects such as staff behaviour, warning signs of infestation etc which can help your premises to remain pest-free in the future.
- The type of infestation
- what pests have been found
- In what location the pests have been found
- The nature of pest control measures that have been taken such as baits, traps used etc
- Location of any baits and traps that have been placed
- Sections or areas of the building that have been inspected – external and internal
- Any other actions taken
- Advice and recommendations such as cleaning and housekeeping, storage, pest proofing which will need to be carried out etc
- Date and regularity of pest controllers inspections and visits
- Additional information covering any emergency visits or extra treatments.
It is important to view a pest control partnership as a partnership with any housekeeping or proofing recommendations to minimise the risk of pests re-entering the premises.
Be vigilant over signs of pest infestations
It is worth carrying your own inspections out periodically to check for the sort of warning signs your pest control contractor may have flagged up. This ensures that any initial indicators of infestation can be spotted and dealt with quickly. Some of the warning signs your pest control contractor can help you identify include rodent droppings, food that has been partly consumed or nibbled, flying insects etc.
Taking insufficient care over pest control issues and not addressing infestation problems can result in businesses being closed and may leave business owners exposed to further legal action. For more information on pest control contracts please contact AMES on 0800 197 1650.