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UK Pest Controllers Now Key Workers

Good news for UK pest control. After intensive lobbying, our industry is now listed as an essential service. That’s according to an official announcement by the government. They have agreed that UK pest controllers are essential workers who are critical to keeping the country safe during coronavirus.

It is vital for hygiene and keeping the public safe from diseases spread by pests. UK pest controllers are listed as key workers in the, “Food And Necessary Goods” section.

This signals great progress for technicians who want to get back to work. What it also means, is that pest control professionals are allowed to send their children to school during the lockdown. And in the event of any further lockdown, UK pest controllers will almost certainly be allowed to continue working and limiting the long term effects. According to another announcement by the government, UK pest controllers will also have access to government testing.

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The change in policy will be a relief for families with urgent infestations in their homes. It will also be hugely important for businesses during the crisis who may have been struggling to keep pests at bay. Commercial businesses can lose stock due to infestations. There is also the risk of fire hazard and structural damage without proper pest control in place.

Keeping everyone as safe as possible

Despite everything, we’re not out of the woods yet in terms of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s important that pest control workers take the utmost caution when working, and remain safe at all times. Protecting clients and staff members is a serious responsibility. By doing so, we continue to protect the wider community and the NHS.

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Only work that is absolutely critical should be done during this period. Pest control technicians will be on the front lines, and will be coming into contact with vulnerable people. This is why it’s critical that the community support these key workers to protect themselves and the public.

If you want to find out how pest controllers navigate returning to work, be sure to visit the official British Pest Control Association website. Their website contains guidelines and advice about staying safe in regard to pest control services. Make sure any company you hire at this time is able and committed to following safety guidelines as strictly as possible. This will help to protect everyone concerned. You can check out other COVID-19 posts on our blog. We have plenty of articles to help you with a range of issues about pest control during the coronavirus outbreak.


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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