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Organisations have started to re-open following periods of lockdown and are welcoming back employees and customers. As we all adapt to different ways of working in a new world, people are worried about the risks of COVID-19 and their safety on your premises. Buildings left empty throughout lockdown periods may also have become infested with pests – that can cause contamination and extensive damage – so it’s important to eliminate, prevent and remove any traces of their presence.

Rentokil has a range of pest control solutions and integrated hygiene services that help businesses mitigate risks, protect people as they return to buildings and arrange safeguards to keep employees and customers protected beyond re-opening.

As countries around the world plan on how to return to normal economic activity following COVID-19 lockdowns, organisations are preparing to re-open. While it’s important that there are measures in place to protect employees and customers as they return to your premises, arranging safeguards for the future is also essential.

During the summer months in subtropical and temperate regions and rainy seasons in tropical areas, mosquitoes are, at best, a nuisance because of their bites.

Mosquitoes are one of the most widespread pests in the world. They’re present in virtually every environment and on every continent, except Antarctica.

Mosquitoes are one of the world’s most dangerous and annoying insects, with an impact that ranges from irritating bites that cause discomfort to the transmission of serious diseases.

At the beginning of 2020, the hotel experience was something travellers aspired to. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic shows little sign of taking a break, travellers are no longer scrutinising blue flag beaches.

In opening a food service business during the pandemic, the first priority has to be the safety of staff and customers.

Will COVID-19 ever go away? Back in March 2020, Dr Bruce Aylward – the senior adviser to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) – was asked this question by TIME USA.

he large numbers of people using public transport and being close together in confined spaces make hygiene and infection prevention major priorities for operators.

There have been several reports in the press about animals being tested positive for COVID-19. These range from domestic cats and dogs to tigers in zoos and farmed mink.

Offices are a centre of infection at the best of times due to the number of people sharing one building or room and the large number of common surfaces that people will touch during the day.

Washing hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of illness in offices.

As lockdown restrictions ease, organisations around the world are starting to re-open. How things will work in the ‘new normal’ is yet to be known, but we’re already seeing how social distancing measures are changing the ways that businesses operate.

As restrictions start to lift and businesses around the world adapt to new ways of working, getting back to the office safely comes with challenges.

IT servers are often business-critical equipment – the loss of them can be highly disruptive and affect your office’s ability to function.

For the first time in months, some restaurants, bars, shops and hairdressers are reopening their doors.

As restrictions start to lift and organisations look at how best to return to work safely, they’ll need to address the problems that may have arisen during lockdown.

At a time when governments around the world are implementing a shutdown of non-critical services to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect the population, rats are taking the opportunity to move into the perfect habitats that empty buildings provide.

While the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, differing global recovery rates are reshaping the way we all go about our business.

More than 200 countries have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19. With the coronavirus pandemic at different stages around the world, some of those countries and territories are easing restrictions.

During the coronavirus crisis, governments around the world have ordered the shutdown of non-critical businesses and services to reduce the transmission of the virus to protect the population.

Rats are one of the most problematic pests at the best of times for businesses handling food and homes in urban areas where any source of food is nearby. Now, during this COVID-19 global pandemic, even rats are under pressure.

Many businesses and organisations are under great pressure during the current global health and economic crises.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a systematic approach to pest management, focusing more on prevention then control in order to provide commercial properties such as food processing and food retail facilities with a pest-free environment.

June 2017 was the 390th consecutive month with average global temperatures higher than the average for the 20th century, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Researchers at the University of Sydney have discovered that bed bugs showing resistance to commonly used insecticides have thicker skins than those that are rapidly killed by chemical treatment.

Birds can be a significant pest for businesses, especially those handling food, such as food warehouses, food processing factories and bakeries, where they can become a problem inside buildings.

Labels play an important role in informing the consumer how to use a product and the safety information for hazardous ingredients it may contain.

Read our guide to help you plan ahead and proof your property against future pest infestations.

When it comes to controlling birds, wildlife laws need to be taken into consideration.

On top of providing us with the itchiest insect bites known to man, mosquitoes are also behind spreading some nasty diseases such as malaria and yellow fever!

From 14th May 2000 new active ingredients and products containing them had to meet the criteria set out in the Directive before being allowed to be marketed in the EU.

Restaurants, commercial kitchens and other businesses in the food service industry have a responsibility for protecting public health by preventing contamination of food and transmission of pest-borne diseases inside their premises.

Businesses in the hospitality industry are expected to actively control pests under both food safety law and health and safety law. There is a duty of care to provide a safe environment for employees, customers, contractors and other people. Businesses are therefore expected to employ qualified pest control professionals and to use safe and legal pest management methods.

Multiple business types in the hospitality sector focus around providing their customers with food and drink which can be eaten on-premises or for takeaway. These can include hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes and sandwich shops.

Evidence suggests that the rise in global travel has led to the increase of bed bugs in hotels. Hotel operators are at risk of both accumulating and spreading bed bug infestations due to the high amount of human traffic they receive.

When did we decide that a high-spec HD television in our hotel room was ‘to be expected’? Is it essential that same television screen now allows us to control the heating, open the blinds and order room service?

The last thing a hotel wants is negative publicity. These days, there is a myriad of ways this can happen. Stories can appear in the local news from failed food hygiene audits, poor reviews on TripAdvisor or comments from disgruntled hotel guests on social media; and there’s little else which incites as much protest as finding pests in a hotel.

The manufacturing of pharmaceutical products has to be maintained at high standards to ensure the strength of the active ingredients, quality and purity of the final products.

Pests can cause large economic losses in the pharmaceutical industry through contamination of raw materials, storerooms, laboratories, production areas, packaging and finished products.