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PEST CONTROL


CONTROL THE COST OF PEST INFESTATIONS IN YOUR BUSINESS


David Cross, Head of Technical Training, Rentokil Pest Control advises readers on how to protect the pounds when pursuing pest control this autumn.


A recent global report commissioned by Rentokil, in partnership with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), found that pest infestations cost UK businesses £1.2 billion in revenue in 2014. Worldwide, the business impact of pests was £5.8 billion in operating costs and a further £11.8 billion in lost revenue, due to effects such as closure of premises, reputation damage and negative customer reviews.


The research found that over 92% of UK companies had suffered pest problems over the past five years, experiencing an average of three infestations each during this time. The problems associated with these infestations were manifold, with one third (33%) of business owners saying that they had affected staff morale, 20% stating that they had damaged goods as a result and 18% believing they’d seen increased maintenance and repair costs because of pest infestations. More than 60% of


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affected businesses believed their pest problems had impacted their revenues, while even more (82%) said their problems had increased their top line operating costs.


“OVER 92% OF UK COMPANIES HAD SUFFERED PEST


PROBLEMS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS.”


There are several long-standing Acts in place to ensure businesses take due diligence when it comes to pest control. For example, the Food Safety Act 1990 and Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949. It’s always best to have a proactive pest control strategy in place so that, where possible, you’re not reacting to pest infestations that could have been kept under control. Placing proactive preventative measures at the centre


of any pest control strategy is therefore critical to its success.


EDUCATING EMPLOYEES Employees are an important part of this since they provide an army of eyes and ears around the business to spot the signs of a pest problem. Previously, employees may have been sent on a pest awareness training course; however, online learning platforms are now becoming an increasingly popular method of educating employees. One of the main benefits of online training is that it can be accessed on demand and remotely, helping to make additional studying more convenient and effective.


One such platform is myLearning, Rentokil Pest Control’s interactive online platform designed to help businesses train their employees on the importance of pest control. Within this, ‘PestAwareness’ training is a course specifically designed to improve employee knowledge


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