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COVID-19 And Pest Control Services

At the moment, the UK is under national lockdown. Schools, universities and many businesses are completely shut down. Some services have been designated by the government as being “essential services”, and their workers are classed as “key workers”. But where do pest control services fit in? Are pest control services needed during the coronavirus outbreak?

Is pest control considered to be an essential service?

Pest control technicians are not currently on the UK government‘s list of key workers. We are not seen as an essential service at the moment, although in other countries pest controllers are classed as a key workers. The BPCA (British Pest Control Association) has written to the government to ask that they reconsider this position.

covid-19 and pest control services

During the current crisis, pest control is just as important as ever. Even though much of the country has been shut down, this does not mean that pests will stop presenting urgent problems. In fact, pests may be even more prolific in public spaces and empty business premises because no one is around to scare them off.

The fact is that pests themselves carry and spread diseases. As a result, pest control is a health and safety issue, and is often crucial in protecting the public. And business properties need pest control for a variety of reasons.

If you have pests can someone come and assist you?

Pest control services remain important because homes and businesses are still at risk of emergency situations where an infestation cannot be left unattended.

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Hospitals, supermarkets, care homes and key public services may also need vital pest control support. In addition to this, it’s critical that industries such as food supply, farming and transport are kept pest free.

The BPCA advises that “professional pest management is a critical service that supports public health, however the risks of spreading Covid-19 need to be balanced against the risk of inadequate control and management of pest species. This should be done on a case-by-case basis.“

Most pest control professionals have access to PPE to wear while on the job. There are ways of minimising risks around coronavirus if emergency pest control help is required. Therefore, as long as you choose a reliable pest control company that is utterly professional, pest control services can be carried out safely under certain conditions.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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