With the growing threat in Paris looming over the UK, it is important that high risk business remain vigilant and put in procedures in place to combat bed bug infestation. “The issue has raised questions about the spread of bed bugs to London, a mere two-hour train journey away. Bedbugs could easily survive the journey, potentially increasing the numbers in London due to the Paris epidemic.”
As soon as you spot early signs of potential bed bug problems you need to act responsibly and get treatment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may cause further rooms to become infected and it could spread to residential homes as well as surrounding businesses if not dealt with quickly.
Bugs can cause a number of problems and threats to businesses:
Whilst bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit diseases, they still pose a health risk to the public through blistering, infections, and allergic reactions. Customers and colleagues affected by bed bugs on your business properties may need to seek medical advice.
Temporary loss of earnings will occur if business need to partially close, or permanently close, whilst pest solutions treatment is carried out. Replacement of assets, such as furniture, and costs for decorative renovations may be needed for businesses who have been affected by larger infestation, across multiple rooms.
Should an infection break out within your business, the detrimental effect this can have on your reputation is astronomical. From negative reviews to health inspections to loss of loyal customers and future business.
If any personal property is damaged because of a bed bug infestation on your property, you will be liable to cover the costs of replacement. You may also be held liable for medical bills, as well as surrounding businesses loss and damages if you are found to be source of infestation.
Professional pest solution services are realistically your best option to ensure complete eradication of a bed bug infestation. Due to their rapid reproduction and lifecycle, if even one adult bed bug survives you may find yourself back at square one.
However, in addition to professional treatment, there are proactive measures you can take to keep the bed bugs at bay:
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