Disinfection & pest management


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have guidance on how best to practice disinfection (find out more here).

A large number of pest managers have the tools, equipment and training to carry out thorough disinfection. Please keep in mind that we are not medical professionals and as such there will be no guarantees regarding COVID-19. Disinfection has traditionally been practiced by pest controllers following infestations to minimise the chance of recurrence.

COVID-19 has been proven to persist on contaminated surfaces for up to 3 days, depending on the material. Proper disinfection of contaminated environments can reduce the chance of infection.

Alcohol-based disinfectants (ethanol, propan-2-ol, propan1-ol) have been shown to significantly reduce infectivity of enveloped viruses like COVID-19, in concentrations of 70-80% with one minute exposure time. Certain products such as ethanol-based disinfectants have restrictive legislation and are not available in a number of EU countries. For the latest list of authorised disinfectants and further information visit the ECHA COVID-19 page.

All staff should be wearing personal protective equipment. The BPCA have clear advice and precautions for companies wishing to offer disinfection services during this time. ANECPLA has produced a guide to proper disinfection, available in English and Spanish.

Rentokil gave a quote to UK newspaper The Guardian on pest management professionals providing hygiene services during COVID-19.

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