Bayer offer its perspective on COVID-19 and pest management

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Bayer Pest Solutions UK has given its take on the worldwide pandemic that has impacted every level of our lives ““ from the tragedy of loss, the fear of unemployment, to the inconvenience of running out of toilet rolls.

Richard Moseley, national account and technical manager at Bayer, said: “In the pest control industry we can be assured of one fact in a confusing and contradictory world. Pests do not stop! They do not adhere to curfew, they do not allow shopping hours for the vulnerable and key workers, they do not enforce a two-metre contact rule, and they do not worry about contaminated surfaces.

“In fact, given the opportunity they thrive, and if unchecked, they can make a severe situation catastrophic. When food is scarce, they will consume and contaminate it, when people’s health is compromised, they spread infection and disease, and when the country is required to stay in our homes, they can destroy properties, causing fire and flood.

“And as a country finally starts to win the battle against a disease like Covid-19, pests could be the forgotten transmitter that resurrects the spread of infection.”

The need for critical worker status
Given the risks associated with pests, Mr Moseley said it is of vital importance that the pest industry in the UK, and beyond, is seen as an essential part of the battle against Covid-19.

Mr Moseley said: “Our Bayer colleagues in the USA are working with and supporting pest professionals who are classed as essential workers, helping the US battle the virus and control the negative impacts of pest infestation.

“Bayer fully supports the work being carried out by our colleagues at the British Pest Control Association and the National Pest Technicians Association to highlight the vital role of pest managers in the UK, and where Bayer can we will use our influence to guide governments throughout the world. It is essential that professional pest controls continue the battle to protect public health.”

Industry Support
Mr Moseley said that Bayer will use its knowledge and experience to support and guide the professional pest industry in the UK.

“We will endeavor to keep our products available and support our key distributors,” said Mr Moseley. “It is essential that our customers have access to the tools required to control pest infestations and to maintain disease and infection free environments.

“Our Pest Solutions team experts are also still at the end of the phone to help with any technical issues about products and pests – if you need our support please use our knowledge and expertise. The future weeks could be lonely ones for our pest control community, so please reach out if we can help.”

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