Pest Control For Business: 5 Things You Need To Know

By  Pest Free

It's a regular Saturday morning. Your staff is busily working away in the kitchen and attending to hungry customers. You look over to a table and overhear a conversation between two people who are deciding on whether they should order eggs benedict or banana pancakes. You look over at another table where two teenage girls are taking photos of your food - you smile knowing they're likely going to post the photo to Instagram or put it on Snapchat (hey, we are all over some free publicity, right?)

All is good and well.

But then.

One of your staff members is walking towards you. She looks distressed. Something is clearly going on. From a distance you see a few tables of people looking furious, almost traumatised. Some start screaming, others jump on their chairs. A few just stand and stare.

As your staff member explains what happened, your smile fades and you feel your heart beat faster. A rat is in your restaurant.

Five things you should know about pest control

If you’ve been in a situation like this then you will know all too well the implications of finding a pest in your restaurant. You could lose customers, gain negative publicity and the matter could even be passed onto a higher power and have legal action taken against you. If you’ve never been in the scary situation of a pest attack then good on you! You’re probably already using pest control mechanisms. Either way, you’re reading this article because you want to take the most effective steps to pest control. Without any further adieu, here they are.

1. Pest control is tax deductible

Hygiene is quite important when it comes to owning a business. You want to keep your workplace pest free, whether you work in hospitality, a shopping centre or even in an office.

After all, a pest can ruin an entire business. Loss of reputation, building damage, just to name a few.

Keeping your business pest free is reasonably simple and cost effective.

In accordance with Rental Property Expenses, your business can claim your pest control as a tax deductible item - as long as it’s being paid for by your business. Read our article about claiming pest control on your next tax statement for more information about getting started.

2. DIY or professional pest control for business - what’s better?

Effective pest control is all about prevention. If you’re facing a serious existing infestation, then it might be time to call in the professionals. An expert can ensure all the bugs are killed at the source.

Otherwise, if things haven’t gone out of control and you’ve only seen a cockroach (or two) then there are several things you can do yourself – without the use of harsh chemicals – to keep pests out of your business.

Read this seven-step DIY pest control plan to keep creepy crawlies out of your business.

3. Breaching OHS (WHS) requirements

As a business owner, you have a duty of care to ensure your business premise and enterprises maintain a safe, hazard-free environment for employees, customers and all other stakeholders.

These OHS and WHS rules are in place to protect the health and safety of all people involved and maintain a minimum standard that dictates how the business operates.

A breach of these regulations has serious consequences.

The best thing you can do is ensure your staff is aware of the regulations imposed. By building awareness into your company culture, you can help make pest control the norm, instead of an afterthought.

To find out more, read ‘The Penalties For Breaching OHS Regulations In Australia’.

4. Pest control reduces damage

If you leave the problem too long, not only will you rack up a huge pest control bill (yes, you’ll need to call in the professionals if the pests go out of control), but you’ll also have to pay property damage costs, inventory loss and you may even have to deal with a damaged reputation.

Whereas if you purchase a pest control for business solution, you could be saving yourself drama and expenses down the track.

5. Prevention is easier than elimination

Sometimes one of our greatest faults is thinking, ‘It’s not going to happen to me or my business’. Next minute, you’re on the phone dealing with insurers, you’ve breached OHS requirements and you’ve got a huge headache on your hands.

When it comes to pest control for business, it’s much cheaper to prevent a pest infestation than to deal with an outburst.

Using safe and natural pest control solutions is just what you need to minimise the chance of your workplace becoming affected.

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