Pest management has been confirmed as an essential sector during the Covid-19 pandemic by George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
According to Defra, pest management is covered in the key worker list under the “food and necessary goods” section, specifically concerning hygiene.
This confirmation means that pest management professionals in England can continue to send their children to school during the pandemic. The Northern Ireland government has already confirmed pest management is an essential service.
This also likely means that if the UK was to go into further lockdown measures, pest management companies would be able to continue to protect the nation.
While BPCA has already confirmed that pest management workers could continue to provide essential services (see: Pest professionals: continue to go to work if it’s safe, says Gove to BPCA) – this is the first time that a government official explicitly acknowledges pest management to be on the list of key workers.
The news comes after the sector has lobbied for confirmation that pest management appears on the list – including BPCA and CEPA.
We want to thank everyone that has taken the time to write to their MPs on the subject. It’s taken a substantial collaborative effort for our relatively small sector to get the ear of the UK government.
Remember to stay safe
Although Pest Management have been confirmed as key workers, we still have a duty to our staff and clients to conduct our work safely.
Key worker status gives us the recognition our sector deserves. However, our status comes with a responsibility to maintain the highest professional standards.