A report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown significant increases in the number of people being admitted to hospital with pest bites. Sufferers from rat bites increased 57%, wasps, bees and hornets increased by 58% and fleas, bed bugs and mosquitoes increased by 70%. Figures from the British Pest Control Association show that nearly 20% of local authorities offer no pest control, whilst the number of pest control officers has fallen 20% since 2011. Knowsley Council still offers a free rat control service and last year had over 3000 call outs for rats.
Public concerns are being raised that council austerity measures are reducing their pest control budget which is now leading to higher hospital admissions. At the same time independent specialists at Safeguard Pest Control have experienced a significant increase in private sector business clients. James Sheehan, head of sales and marketing, says “Private sector employers are aware of the impact of pests on staff wellbeing. Staff absenteeism through illness costs employers over £600 per person per year. As a result our business clients are increasing their investment in pro-active pest control, and this improves wellness at work.”
Responsible Business advisor Clive Bonny adds “Employers and households need to be more vigilant as the weather warms up and rubbish collections decrease. The reduced public sector pest control has led to increased hospital visits and higher costs for individuals, employers and UK PLC. Fortunately responsible employers recognise these risks and their preventative actions help manage this serious and escalating problem.”
For more information contact
James Sheehan James@safeguardpestcontrol.co.uk tele 07961 974435
Clive Bonny Clive@consult-smp.com tele 01273 308865
Pictured below is a bedbug.