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World Pest Day

The 6th June 2018 will mark the second World Pest Day! For those of you who don’t know, World Pest Day was created to build awareness about the importance of pest control to protect food, homes, families, lives and businesses.

The day is being kicked started in Portugal this year in conjunction with the Global Summit of Pest Management Services for Public Health and Food Safety with support from CPCA, along with The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), FAOPMA (Australasia) and NPMA (USA).

At Rentokil Initial, our mission is to protect people and enhance lives. Our pest control solutions range from protecting homes from the damages of termites to supporting communities and spectators from the Zika virus and other insect-borne diseases at public events like the Olympics.

Once again, we thought we’d take this opportunity during World Pest Day to help raise awareness of the possible health risks associated with pests such as cockroaches, rodents, mosquitoes and flies.

The increasing threat of mosquito borne diseases

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Over the past few years we have continued to provide support to communities and businesses around the world with effective pest control solutions to help prevent the risk of these biting insects spreading the range of diseases they are famous for.

Due to the diseases they spread, it is estimated that mosquitoes are responsible for causing 1 million deaths each year, making them the world’s deadliest animal.

Mosquito control is essential to ensure the health and safety of people. This requires a strong organisational treatment plan to not only eliminate local transmission of the diseases, but to reduce the vulnerability of it and prevent future and secondary infections.

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Preventing mosquito borne diseases

During the  2016 summer Olympics in Brazil, the spread and risk of the Zika virus hit the news headlines and caused much alarm amongst competing athletes. Rentokil was contacted to assist in the prevention and control of mosquitoes for the Rio Olympics and the Paralympic Games.

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Due to the successful outcome of our mosquito control programmes during this period, the World Health Organization invited Rentokil to participate in an international expert meeting on the control of Zika.

To add to this, in 2016 the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in North America, awarded Rentokil a two year contract to undertake mosquito control measures and develop local campaigns to help educate the public around Zika.

We also help support other communities around the world with preventing the diseases spread by mosquitoes. We are an active supporter of the charity Malaria No More, aiming to end malaria in our lifetime. Over many years, colleagues have raised considerable money through bake sales, marathons, cycle events and mountain climbs.

Rodent-borne diseases

A few species of rodents, particularly rats and mice, have adapted very well to the human environment and can thrive in urban environments such as towns and cities.

Rodents are not only a common pest problem for homeowners, they also threaten the food supply chain. Their potential to contaminate what we eat and drink, as well as the places we live and work, poses significant risks to our health.

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Similarly, due to their gnawing habits, rodents can cause a range of damages to electrical equipment. Our research shows that rodents such as rats are responsible for a loss of 8 working days due to the damages they cause.

Rodents can carry a range of disease-causing organisms such as salmonellosis and the hantavirus. They also act as vectors and/or reservoirs for other diseases such as the plague due to ectoparasites such as fleas.  rodent diseases

Innovating to prevent rodent-borne diseases

This year, Rentokil Initial had the honour of being awarded  The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation for our RADAR and PestConnect rodent control solutions, recognising our leadership within the digital realm of innovation for commercial establishments.

Working in conjunction with myRentokil, an online customer portal, PestConnect provides an Internet of Things enabled pest control solution for commercial companies, providing effective pest monitoring and control 24/7, helping to mitigate the risk from rats and mice.

PestConnect already monitors over 50,000 connected devices globally and allowing immediate visibility of potential infestations that could disrupt businesses. The devices also generate over 25 million messages and alerts a year, providing us with the insight needed to significantly improve the ways we can help organisations deliver on compliance and transparency.

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House fly transmitted diseases

House flies are also within the list of pests responsible for spreading diseases. These insects are known to transmit over 200 different pathogens, leading to spread of at least 65 different diseases, according to The World Health Organization.

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Some of said pathogens are within the food-borne diseases realm such as Salmonella and E.Coli. This can be a big concern for businesses, particularly those operating within the food industry where food safety is of the utmost importance.

A study in 2014 commissioned by Rentokil discovered that flies were the most disruptive pests for businesses. The findings showed that on average businesses across the glove spend an average of $9033 a year on flies. It was also discovered that flies were also the leading cause of staff illnesses, causing a disruption to day to day business activities.

LED fly killer range: Lumnia

The Lumnia range of electric fly killers have been developed with an innovative patented LED technology to support a wide range of commercial properties hygienically reduce the risk of contamination from flies.

By utilising LED bulbs, Lumnia is able to provide a more effective and green fly control solution by attracting flies from a greater distance whilst using less power than traditional electric fly killers.

The diseases spread by cockroaches


Cockroaches are synonymous with dirt and filth. They can often be found inhabiting sewers and other unhygienic areas, and have a diet that consists of pretty much anything, including animal faeces and other cockroaches.

Because of their unhygienic tendencies, cockroaches can spread a range of harmful diseases and have also been responsible for helping to spread food-borne illnesses. For businesses operating within the food industry, this can be a big concern by conflicting with food safety standards and regulations.

Studies have also shown that these crawling insects can trigger asthma and other allergies due to the proteins in their bodies, as well as the saliva, faeces and their ability to shed skin.

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Supporting standards to assure food safety

Every year pests cause enormous damage to the food industry, disrupting production processes, hitting revenue and posing major threats to health, safety and sanitary compliance.

At Rentokil Initial we are committed to helping the food supply chain deliver safer food, and  believe it is important for the industry to come together to support global food safety, particularly at a time when new regulations are placing big demands on food-focused businesses to deliver safe food whilst managing increasingly stretched and complex global  supply chains.

In April 2017, Rentokil Initial announced a strategic partnership with BRC Global Standards, a leading brand and consumer protection organisation, to improve best practice in the food industry and help customers mitigate risks throughout the food supply chain.

This partnership enables the ongoing collaboration and development of new initiatives to help support the goals of the BRC and Rentokil Initial.

This is achieved through the development of new, innovative, products, services, solutions, and industry best practice and standards to help improve the food supply chain through higher standards of pest control and hygiene.

We are also proud to be a diamond supporter of the GFSI Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo this year. The Global Food Safety Initiative provides thought leadership and guidance to help improve food safety across the globe throughout the entire food supply chain.

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Rentokil Initial has been providing innovative pest control solutions for over 90 years helping to protect homes and businesses alike from an array of different species of pests from wasps and mosquitoes to termites and rats. We are honoured to help support the initiative of World Pest Day to highlight the importance of pest control.

If you are looking for professional advice, services and solutions to protect your home or business from pests, contact the experts at Rentokil today.

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Jack Lyons

I joined the Marketing and Innovation team at Rentokil in 2015, and my mind has quickly become accustomed to the weird and wonderful world of pests. Outside of work my main hobby is music, being a huge fan of bands such as Queen and Led Zeppelin as well as being an avid drummer.


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  2. George Higgins Reply to George

    Thank you so much for the amazing information. It’s so true that pests such as cockroaches, rodents, mosquitoes and flies, are responsible for countless deaths across the globe. But thanks to companies like Rentokil, you guys do such an amazing job by using the most cutting edge technology and the best practices to control these pests and rodents. Innovations in this field are so important for our health and Rentokil does an amazing job in pushing these limits to newer heights.

  3. thank you for the information, it really helped me. finally got my pest problem fixed. very quick service and results.

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