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Pests outbreaks expected during the Coronavirus pandemic
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Pests outbreaks expected during the Coronavirus pandemic

Globally, Pest control is already at the forefront of public health and is at risk of becoming even more challenging over the next few months.

Pests can thrive in closed buildings

As pest controllers we no longer have access to many establishments: restaurants, hotels, schools, childcare facilities, pubs, many offices and all other businesses currently closed.

Due to these unprecedented closures, pests will unfortunately & inevitably take the opportunity of being undisturbed with substantial quantities of foods left in dry stores and canteens. Before long a ‘casual intruder’ will become an infestation that will over time spread to neighbouring premises.

As a population we are understandably restricted due to Covid-19, however we should not forget that in the background, whilst we wait for the Coronavirus to dissipate & disappear, undisturbed pest infestations will be flourishing. As animals & insects quickly adapt to new situations there is no doubt that many pests will thrive under the current situation which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

Concentration of People and Refuse

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Many people are reducing their movements and are confined at home. While we would normally produce refuse at work, restaurants, and other places we visit throughout the day,  there is a much higher density of refuse at peoples’ residences and most developments don’t have enough rubbish bins to cope with the increased volume.

On a daily basis & under normal circumstances, our technicians already treat many rodent issues where refuse or food source is available in developments, shopping centres, restaurants etc. Under these new circumstances it is expected that as quantities of refuse to be discarded increase even more, the level of rodent infestations rise too.

 

Keeping Building Access for Pest Control Inspections

It is vital in the interest of public health & safety that premises are not left without regular inspections during this restricted period. Ensuring that there is no adequate food or water source for pests is vital as are rodent inspections / treatments to avoid rodent issues & eradicate any that do occur before they become serious infestations which may spread to neighbouring premises if unattended.

Along with the expected increase in rodent issues, insects are another significant pest that will thrive in these new conditions.  Some of these are harmful to our health so it is imperative that we avoid as many potential infestations and eradicate any that spring up before they become a serious health hazard / infestation.

As we now have many apartment blocks In Ireland, some pest issues (which have consequences for individuals with compromised health) can spread far more quickly than our residential houses e.g. Cockroaches, Bed bugs, Fruit Flies.

As we strive to overcome the Coronavirus Pandemic, any areas or issues which pose a risk to Public Health & Safety should be addressed to avoid replacing one health threat with another.

 

Advice for Residents

  • We must all act responsibly, within our homes & in public to ensure that interior of residences as well as external areas are kept clean & regularly maintained. ‘Good housekeeping’ indoors & outdoors will help prevent many issues becoming a serious problem.
  • Everyone should dispose of their refuse carefully & ensure there is no opportunity for pests to find harbourage in their homes, gardens or work place.
  • Disinfect wheelie bin handles for personal protection & that of the refuse collector.
  • Keep food stuff well wrapped & stored inside containers to avoid food source for fruit flies & ants indoors & remove food source outdoors e.g. pet food, bird feeders etc

Pests can become a serious issue globally if social distancing prevents us from controlling their impact on human health.

Remembering every action has a consequence – if we act responsibly, maintain public services that are necessary to public health & safety this will have the knock on effect of reducing the risk of further health issues on an already pressurised health care system.

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