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Keep pub pests away this summer

Summer brings new customers to your pub, who are keen to eat and drink outside in beer gardens, but this can also lead to an increase in unwelcome pests.

Food left outside, overflowing bins and drink spillages can all attract the wrong type of visitors. Rodents are attracted by food scraps, and flying pests like flies and wasps are also more prevalent in the summer months.

As well as being an unpleasant experience for your patrons, pests can seriously damage the reputation of your pub. Pests pose serious health risks, and in the most extreme cases an infestation could lead to the closure of your pub in the most profitable months.

Pub pests to look out for this summer


All flies can spread germs and contaminate food. They’re also very unsightly and unpleasant for customers in a food environment. Read our tips for effective fly control.


Rats and mice carry diseases, can cause havoc through gnawing and also breed at an alarming rate. If you see any signs of a rodent infestation (droppings, nesting material or spoilt food) get in touch as soon as possible.


Cockroaches love to hide in food preparation areas, where they can feast on food scraps and decaying waste. Like rodents, they can spread fast, so it’s important to take action at the first sign of an infestation. Look out for droppings, smear marks and shedded skin.


A wasps nest in or near your pub could cause an influx of wasps, which can be frightening and at times dangerous for customers. Always be cautious if you find a nest, as disturbed wasps can attack.

How to keep pub pests away

Keep your reputation intact by investing in ongoing pest prevention. We have over 25 years’ experience working with pubs and catering businesses to prevent pest problems before they occur, and provide fast, effective and discreet removal in the case of infestations.

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