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Pest Infestation

Priyendra-KhonaTo process preventive mechanism for pest control, what are the parameters a FM service provider must focus on?

PM and FM go hand in hand: Poor sanitation provides thriving conditions for pests & pathogens. Identifying the source of the problem is key to delivering a long term solution. This is where the pest expert comes in. Effective pest management, while controlling current pest levels, must also engage in identifying the source where the problem originates. Apart from spot control methods, very often the real solution lies in long term sanitation efforts. A wellco- ordinated pest management and cleaning schedule can also ensure high efficacy and low operational downtime. With identification, mapping and planned actions, the blame game changes into an allied partnership, primed for success.

Use data mining techniques to deliver quality: A great strategy requires monitored implementation. Record keeping and assessment is a critical process to monitor compliance of the system. With a transparent and partnered strategy, joint audits will ensure that the delivery teams are on track and working together to provide a comprehensive solution. Cross checking records and incidences can also eliminate human error or process lapses. A good partnership can work magic on Quality Audit scores!

Standards and compliances: Creating “exportable” products is critical to investment plans. Adopting good manufacturing practices and implementing waste & sewage management systems at higher standards, will also set a new benchmark and better the expectations of existing businesses. With great opportunities on the horizon, there is a lot this industry can achieve by working together, exploring new avenues and dimensions that will pave the way for the future.

With pests being more of a burden in warmer climates, the impact of climate change is an important factor in the future of pest management– since it is expected to alter the natural and urban environments, it may spread or intensify the challenge of pest infestations. Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) on behalf of Rentokil investigated the impact on business costs and revenues of pest infestations in different sectors of the economies studied. Across the five countries analysed, businesses saw an estimated aggregate increase of £5.8 billion in their operating costs as a result of disruptions caused by pest infestation during 2014; with their revenues declining by almost £11.8 billion, collectively.

Disrupted businesses reported the channels through which these annual operating cost increases occur as a result of pest infestations. These impacts were quite similar across the countries analysed. Costs to business in the UK were primarily impacted through the effect of pest infestation on staff morale (33%), damage to finished goods (20%) and increased maintenance and repair costs (18%). Staff morale impacts also feature significantly for companies in France, Italy, USA and Australia. The major concerns that businesses have about pest infestations do not always match the channels through which business costs actually increased as a result of an infestation.

In conclusion, pest infestations can have a significant negative impact on individual businesses. As well as damage to raw materials and finished goods, they also suffer from losses of reputation and lower staff morale. These impacts translate into increases in the cost of doing business or into declines in revenue as customers choose other suppliers.

The main body of this report that follows below will discuss fully the impacts of pest infestation across each of the UK, USA, France, Italy and Australia.

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