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PEST CONTROL


OUTSOURCING YOUR PEST CONTROL: DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE DEALING WITH?


Darren Backhouse, company partner at Yorkshire-based pest control business, MJ Backhouse, believes that the pest control industry is seeing strong demand and growth particularly from the facilities management sector.


One of the most important factors for any facilities management company is to ensure that they are sustaining a healthy and safe working environment for clients and their staff. However, managing a client’s pest control needs in-house can be a real challenge for many FM organisations.


Recent research released by Ceber and Rentokil has stated that businesses across the UK spent a staggering £12 billion on pest control services in 2014. That equates to 92% of companies surveyed in the UK suffering with pest problems in the past five years. The survey also concluded that 80% of businesses said they suffered a loss of reputation following a pest infestation, 71% had damage to their electrical equipment and 62% indicated they had an impact on staff morale and health.


CHANGING SERVICE


REQUIREMENTS There has been a shift within the facilities management industry over recent years, which has seen companies becoming more and more responsible for pest control services throughout their portfolio of premises. That’s partly because facilities management companies are now seeing an increase in responsibilities, with many large organisations in a range of industries such as hospitals,


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business parks and Government buildings, hiring facility managers to deal with increasing amounts of services to make their organisations run more smoothly.


“RAT TREATMENTS EQUATED TO 39% OF PEST CONTROL SERVICES ACROSS THE UK IN 2013/14.”


The reason pest control services are increasingly outsourced to companies like mine is because pest control is becoming more specialised in light of increasing health and safety regulations and business risk. As a consequence, it is now not classed a core service for many facilities management companies.


BCPA The British Pest Control


Association, which is a not-for- profit organisation that represents the pest control industry, recently announced that rat treatments equated to 39% of pest control services across the UK in 2013/14, with Greater London seeing the most infestations. Wasp treatments came in at 111,147 in the same


year, with ants seeing 4% of pest control services, a 10% drop from the year before. Meanwhile, bird control methods, which is seen as a specialist pest control service, saw 3,755 treatments across the country.


It’s important for facilities management companies to realise that the number of pest control cases will continue to rise, with the UK alone seeing a staggering number of infestation calls from a range of pests last year – with rodents being more common in urban areas.


THE OUTSOURCING


SOLUTION If facilities management companies are to continue to sub-let pest control services out, then they must ensure that they find the right local and reputable business to take care of their managed premises on a regular basis. Therefore it’s important that they choose a supplier who is fully qualified and accredited, because the health and safety risks, as well as costs, for poor pest control can be extremely damaging.


MJ Backhouse was established over 25 years ago and is a leading pest control company based in Yorkshire. Their services include the removal of pests such as rats and rodents, birds, wasps and bees, cockroaches and flies.


www.mjbpestcontrol.co.uk twitter.com/TomorrowsFM


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