Christchurch is the ideal holiday playground. With award-winning beaches, heritage attractions, coastal nature reserves, picturesque rivers, a stunning natural harbour and scores of independent shops, high street stores and markets, Christchurch in Dorset, is perfect for a fantastic holiday or short break.
However, as with all popular tourist locations, Christchurch is a town that suffers from its fair share of pest problems.
Rats in particular are a known presence in the town, plaguing commercial businesses and placing their hard-won reputations at risk. Other pest species – including mice, cockroaches and bed bugs – also cause problems for businesses competing for the tourism trade.
As such, commercial pest control in Christchurch, Dorset, is of critical importance to all business owners in the town.
Pest Problems in Christchurch, Dorset
Christchurch offers a favourable environment for pests. Wherever there is an abundance of food outlets leaving behind edible rubbish and food waste, pest species such as rats will move in to exploit it.
Business owners in Christchurch should take note. An infestation of rats can ruin a reputation very quickly in the age of social media and online review sites.
What’s more, the local press is always on the lookout for sensational stories to run and pest infestations fit the bill.
For example, in December last year, the Daily Echo published a story about customers eating breakfast at a Christchurch restaurant overhearing “officials in overalls” discussing the eatery’s pest control issues. One customer told the Daily Echo: “I heard them saying, ‘There’s a really big one running around, so watch out for that.’”
The restaurant was experiencing a pest control problem and was taking action to deal with it.
However, due to a lack of adequate discretion, the local press managed to get hold of the story and as a result, the eatery’s all-important online reputation has been put at risk.
This highlights two areas.Firstly, that pest control in Christchurch, Dorset, is of paramount importance for commercial enterprises; secondly, that the pest control contractor the business chooses to work with must operate with high levels of professionalism in order to protect the company’s reputation.
Any publicity surrounding a pest control issue will rarely reflect well on the business in question. Rats in restaurants, bed bugs in hotel bedrooms, mice in takeaways – even rumours of such things can destroy a company’s good name overnight. It is therefore essential pest control is carried out not only effectively, but discreetly as well.
Threats to Businesses
Beyond reputational damage, there are other pest-associated business impacts that business owners in Christchurch need to consider. Physical damage to property and foodstuffs is one.
Rats as well as mice will chew through all manner of hard materials, including woodwork, masonry, insulation, walls, pipes and wires.
This can lead to costs for the business in question, as any damage caused to buildings, property, equipment or machinery will need to be repaired and the business may need to close its doors while these reparations are made.
Soft materials, such as food packaging, cardboard and paper, are also a target for rodents scavenging either for food or nesting materials. Any such materials that rodents come into contact with will become contaminated.
Rats and mice are known to be carriers of a number of dangerous diseases – including salmonella, Weil’s disease and hantavirus – which can pose a serious health risk to staff and the general public.
As such, any goods that these rodents contaminate may need to be destroyed.
Cockroaches too, pose similar problems. These insects are also carriers of disease-causing bacteria, as well as various types of viruses and parasitic worms. They are also more common in the UK than many business owners suspect – perhaps because they are largely nocturnal creatures.
Nevertheless, cockroach pest control for businesses in Christchurch, Dorset, is of paramount importance to ensure their premises are adequately protected against cockroach infestations.
Another large concern affecting hotel, hostel and B&B owners in Christchurch is bed bugs. Although these insects are not known to carry or spread disease, they are nonetheless a nuisance due to the fact that they feed on human blood. As such, any establishment suffering with a bed bug infestation will have serious problems. Guests will not appreciate being bitten in the night and may air their grievances on social media and online review sites, damaging the business’ reputation.
Dealing with bed bugs after a severe infestation has established itself is also a costly endeavour, often requiring expensive room refurbishments.
As always when it comes to pests, prevention is better than cure.Business owners in Christchurch should consider a commercial pest control contract with a local specialist company, to ensure they are protecting themselves against bed bug infestations.
Pest Control in Christchurch, Dorset, from Baroque Pest Services
Baroque Pest Services has over 30 years’ experience designing and implementing bespoke commercial pest control solutions for businesses in Christchurch. Our service is fast, effective and discreet, delivering peace of mind to all of our customers.
Baroque Pest Services serves all kinds of industries including: Bars, Pubs, Cafés, Restaurants, Hotels and B&Bs, as well as Nursing Homes, Factories, Warehouses and Organic Farms.
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Baroque (SW) Limited was a family business established in October 1988 based in Plymouth. Over 30 years Baroque grew to become the most well-known regional pest control company in the South West of England before joining forces with Safeguard Pest Control in August 2018. As part of the Safeguard family, customers continue to receive exceptional pest control, bird control and washroom services. Every customer is important to us and we take pride in providing a top quality, reliable service. Our emphasis is on serving the customer to the best of our ability and building a long-term relationship of mutual trust and friendship. We have service technicians local to all areas of the South West Counties, so our customers can receive a prompt service from a technician who is familiar with the area and premises. Our experienced office staff are available from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday to answer any customer queries and give advice.