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Results Of Flouting Pest Control Regulations

Believe it or not, the UK has dozens of pest control regulations. These are extremely strict guidelines which need to be taken seriously and abided by. The reasons why are simple. There are many consequences to flouting pest control regulations and you could end up in serious trouble. If you are a landlord or business owner, you need to pay particularly close attention to this aspect of commercial pest control.

The first example of this is the Prevention Of Damage By Pests Act. This law has been on the books for more than 70 years. It allows the authorities to take action in the event of significant pest infestations. This is especially applicable if those pests are damaging property, or if there is a risk of pests to the public, for instance by contaminating food.

What happens if you ignore pest control regulations?

UK pest control regulations have been enshrined in law for many decades now. What this means is that all business owners and landlords must deal with pests on their property. Failure to do so means you could soon have the authorities breathing down your neck. Anyone who plays fast and loose with these regulations could find themselves facing hefty fines, bankruptcy or even a stint in prison.

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Another of the regulations involving pest control is the Health And Safety At Work Act. This act basically means that employers are expected to guard their employees against pests. As a business owner, you are responsible for removing pests that can harm the health or safety of your staff. If you do not do this, you may get into trouble. The government may force you to remove the pests, or fine you for thousands of pounds. These fines have a reputation for being steep, and could put you out of business.

Other legislation that affects UK pest control

Next, you have the Food Safety Act, which was also created to protect the public against various pests. This act focuses on businesses that handle food. It states that any business that deals with food is required to prevent pests from making contact with that food. Any food that you sell must be safeguarded against contamination, and your business must also be free of all pests, such as flies in your restaurant. Once again, failure to abide by this will result in government action and fines.

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Last but not least, is a regulation which particularly affects those in the pest control industry. This is the Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health Act. According to this act, all pesticides and chemical can only be used under strict guidelines. This is to ensure the safety of the public. Pest control firms must strictly follow these guidelines in the course of their work.

The bottom line is that these pest control regulations must be adhered to because it is the responsible and legal thing to do. Do not think you can get away with flouting them. Local authorities will not hesitate to fine your business, and have no qualms about putting you out of business!


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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