From Banksy to the annual Balloon Fiesta, Bristol is home to some of the UK’s most exciting events and offbeat culture. The city has long been a firm favourite for in-the-know travellers looking for a last-minute weekend break away.
Described as “a small city that feels like a big city”, Bristol was even crowned the best place to live in Britain in 2017, according to The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide.
However, with such popularity comes great competition amongst local businesses and if there’s one thing that can ruin a reputation overnight, it is the presence of pests. As with all busy, thriving cities, Bristol is not unfamiliar to pest problems. From rats and mice invading restaurant kitchens to cockroaches and bed bugs plaguing hotels, infestations can lead to negative press and severe financial losses. It is therefore essential that all Bristol-based businesses take action to protect their livelihoods with Bristol pest control contracts delivered by local professionals with local knowledge of the most problematic pest species in the city and larger county.
Pest Problems for Bristol Businesses
With a buzzing nightlife, top-class dining destinations and elegant Georgian architecture, there are many reasons people want to live in Bristol and tourists choose to visit all year around. As such, the last thing any business owner in Bristol wants to become known for is a pest problem.
However, the fact is that should an infestation of any pest species establish itself, it won’t be long before the news finds its way to the local press and social media.
This is exactly what happened to two shop owners in Montpelier, Bristol in January 2019. Over a period of 16 months, Bristol City Council officers made several visits to the store. As well as out-of-date food items on the shelves, both mouse and rat droppings were discovered on the premises. Despite repeated warnings and blatant evidence of rodent activity, the owners failed to carry out pest proofing. Consequently, they found themselves in court, where they pleaded guilty to 13 offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene Act, according to Bristol Live.
“The owners of this business made no steps to manage food safety and protect their customers,” Councillor Kye Dudd told the local media outlet. “They persistently failed to carry out the most basic checks required of food business operators. We gave them every opportunity to bring their business up to the required minimum standard, but it is our duty to protect the public from unsafe food sources.”
Had the business sought a robust pest control contract from a reputed local provider, such a reputation-ruining event could have been avoided. It is far from the only case, however.
Another food service outlet – a pub in Keynsham in this case – made the headlines last year for a similar problem. The public house was given a one-star food hygiene rating after inspectors found it to be attracting rats. Bristol Live quotes from Bath and North East Somerset Council’s report: “The condition of your premise is providing both an attraction and harbourage to rodent pests. The lack of regular cleaning and the removal of dirt and debris provide sources of nutrition to rats and mice. The poor repair and lack of maintenance particularly in the cellar are providing opportunities for rodents to hide in the building. You are therefore legally required to ensure that adequate procedures are in place to control pests.”
Bristol residents have also recently filmed rats in gardens and in streets. However, according to reports, local authorities often struggle to deal with call-outs and complaints at busy times.
Although of course, rat sightings are distressing for residents, they are simply untenable for businesses with a legal responsibility to keep their commercial establishments absolutely pest-free at all times. What’s more, it is down to business owners themselves – not the local council – to ensure adequate measures are taken to control pests. Pest control contracts provided by local professionals in Bristol are the only way to ensure all compliance requirements are being met and infestations of rats, mice and all other pest species never establish themselves in the first place.
Bristol Pest Control Contracts from Baroque Pest Services
One of the most impactful effects a pest problem can have on your business is negative publicity. In the digital age of instant information, it only takes one customer to spot a rat, mouse, cockroach or other pest in your establishment and the news can spread far and wide, sometimes in a matter of minutes. This can tarnish reputations for a very long time – the internet, of course, has an extremely long memory. Today, consumers make no qualms about sharing their experiences online – on review sites, as well as social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and news articles such as those highlighted above are just as easily shared on these platforms.
Of course, an infestation of pests will not only destroy your reputation – leading to loss of revenue as fewer customers walk through your door – but cause physical damage to your property as well. Rats and mice will chew through everything – wood, paper, masonry, furniture, cardboard – as they scavenge for food and nesting materials. They will even chew through electrical wiring, causing a serious fire hazard. Any food items that these rodents – or, indeed, cockroaches – come into contact with, will also have to be destroyed. This is because of the dangerous diseases these pest species carry, which can be transmitted to humans. What’s more, businesses risk hefty fines and prosecution by public health and regulatory authorities should evidence of pests be found in their premises.
The good news, however, is that business owners in Bristol can put an end to all their concerns immediately by establishing a Bristol pest control contract with Baroque Pest Services. With over 30 years’ experience designing and implementing bespoke pest control solutions for businesses in Bristol, Baroque Pest Services is the number one choice for business owners looking for a fast and effective service that delivers peace of mind.
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.
Our service begins with a free survey and risk assessment of your commercial premises. We will then tailor a pest control contract that suits your business’ precise needs. Contact your local pest control specialist today for a free quotation.
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.