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Pest control for construction businesses

Building and construction sites are often breeding hotspots for pests such as rats, mice and birds. Safeguard your building from future risk of damage from pests today.

Working directly with builders, architects and designers for over 50 years, Rentokil has decades of experience and expertise in delivering pest prevention services to the construction sector. Our accumulated global experience and knowledge of legislation in the construction industry, sector-specific needs and pest control innovation makes Rentokil unmatched across Australia and the world.

Rentokil’s pest control solutions for construction

At Rentokil, we have an expert team of specialist technicians and technical managers highly specialised in pest control in the construction industry as well as teams dedicated to termite management and specialist bird control. 

As active participants in the construction industry, having strong relationships with HIA, Master Builders Australia, and Probuild, we are at the forefront of regulatory standards. 

Backed by some of Australia’s biggest construction and design companies, we offer builders:

Comprehensive site protection

During construction, pest harbourages are disturbed, posing health and safety issues. Rentokil offers integrated pest management (IPM) programs to meet specific site needs, mitigate potential pest infestations and protect site workers and the community.

Technical pest advisory

Strategic pest control advice to support the construction project goals. Project assistance through trend-reporting, customised recommended actions and access to service treatment history and supporting documentation.

Nation-wide coverage

Seamless management of multi-site customers with a single point of contact, consolidated reporting, tailored programs and combined invoicing.

Benefits of pest control at construction stage

Deterring pests from a new building before they make home in the establishment is easier than addressing a pest infestation in an existing structure. A simple modification to design, or installing preventative maintenance products during the construction phase can make a substantial difference post construction. Pre-emptive measures taken may also prove to be cost effective, as the building is not in use and there may already be scaffolding and access equipment available onsite.

Every building is different, and every project requires a custom approach. This includes reducing the attractiveness of the building and any conducive conditions for pests. Some pest problems experienced during construction include:

  • Damage to inventory and structures
  • Health risks to on-site personnel
  • Noise and smell
  • Paint and protective coat damage
  • Physical damage to facades, ledges, air conditioners, and furnishings
  • Slip and fall hazards

Rentokil can help with pest management strategies and avoid costly implications in complaints, maintenance and liability.

Integrated pest management

Rentokil employs a five-stage approach to pest control, focusing on strategic preventative measures rather than a tactical reactive program.

Design and construction

Pest control starts with the design and construction of the building; the internal and external layout as well as construction materials. The design and construction in itself should prevent harbourage of pests - deny access through doors, windows, vents, pipe work, drains etc. and minimise risk of access during business operations.

Pest control practices and training

Rentokil plans the actions needed to prevent a pest infestation, including physical, cultural and chemical methods and will provide recommendations to specify:

  • physical controls: maintenance of buildings to prevent access;
  • cultural controls: change operating procedures to prevent infestations, specify the frequency of monitoring, responsible persons, monitoring activities, reassessment and document of activities; 
  • sanitation controls: removal of food sources such as waste, spills and inappropriately stored food; removing harbourage;
  • chemical controls: how to eliminate pests with safe and approved pesticides suitable for use around businesses storing , preparing and displaying fresh and packaged foods and where members of the public are present;
  • an inspection regime to detect the presence of pests as early as possible, around and in buildings, in fittings, equipment, stored and displayed products and incoming supplies;
  • training of personnel;
  • document the control measures specified; to be made available for a review team and auditors/ inspectors

Pest monitoring and maintenance

Implement the control measures that provide the most effective results and ensure safety:

  • appoint trained personnel to be responsible for each area of the control measures. This can include appointment of internal or external experts for monitoring pests;
  • Assign adequate resources to implement the measures;
  • Implement the control measures and inspection regime according to plans;
  • Record actions and results in accordance with standards and legislative requirements

Response to pest outbreaks

In the event of a pest outbreak, clear identification of the pest is essential to determine the most appropriate control methods and preventive actions needed to avoid re-infestation. 

  • Pest species - Different species of closely related pests have different behaviour and biology that will require tailored treatment for best results
  • Origin - Has the pest been introduced in delivered goods or gained entry due to structural defects, poor maintenance, poor hygiene, decaying goods etc.
  • Potential damage - Does it pose a food safety risk to fresh, prepared or packaged goods; can it damage equipment, fittings or building structure
  • Potential harbourage - Conduct an inspection of the building and surroundings to identify harbourage places
  • Quantity - Estimating the quantity of pests will provide an indication not only of the extent of the problem but how long they have been established on the premises
  • Conducive conditions - Pests could be present due to supplier or transport issues, or environmental conditions which encourage or trigger pest infestations

Evaluation of the pest control program

Evaluate the effectiveness of the pest control program, this can include:

  • examining pest control operations;
  • reviewing operating procedures to reduce food sources, harbourage and contamination;
  • review preventive maintenance procedures;
  • documentation of the review;
  • recommend changes and improvements to the IPM program;
  • implement the recommended changes to the IPM program

Digital pest control

A range of IoT enabled pest management solutions providing commercial customers unrivalled pest data, insights and reporting to proactively prevent and manage pests.

About Rentokil

Our mission is Protecting people, enhancing lives. We do that by creating groundbreaking pest control innovations, by making our service solutions more sustainable and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.