Essential service during COVID-19
As the Coronavirus and its impact continue to evolve and develop, the discussion of an essential service has been at the forefront for many of us. The professional pest control industry, listed as an essential service, is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant public health pests https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/list-pests-significant-public-health-importance many of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry. We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply. Pests can spread diseases such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, salmonellosis, hantavirus and encephalitis. Stinging insects force half a million people to the emergency room every year. Cockroach and rodent allergens trigger asthma attacks in children; rodents contaminate or consume about 20% of the world’s food supply and bed bugs can cause allergic reactions. The importance of the pest control industry to the nation as an essential service cannot be understated.
Additionally, the pest control industry is trained, tested and certified in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians routinely employ the use respirators, eye protection, gloves, and clothing to conform with safety requirements established by EPA and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
We remain focused on the health and safety of our employees and our communities, as well as our commitment to you, our customers. Sanitation always has and will continue to play a key role in the customer service industry. As we tackle the health issues that have hit our collective neighborhood front doors, we realize information is key to overcoming panic.
As an essential service industry, we will continue to service the nation’s food production facilities, grocery stores, medical institutions, multifamily housing units, warehouses, homes and businesses. We cannot afford to have our medical facilities, groceries stores or homes uninhabitable due to pests and pest related diseases, particularly as we tell citizens to stay home. There is not a segment of the food industry that could comply with federal sanitation and health regulations without an adequate pest control program.
We are committed to making sure every customer experience follows safe protocols and to reduce close contact and encourage social distancing as recommended by the CDC, WHO and local health departments.
We also encourage you to call our offices if you have any questions at 281-296-6022 or reach out to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As we pull together for our community and our nation’s health, we thank you for the trust you have placed in us and will continue to closely monitor the situation and stay focused on keeping our employees and communities healthy and providing you with the support you need.