Commercial Pest Control 101: How to Keep Your Business Pest-Free

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Commercial Pest Control
Reading time: 15min
October 4, 2021

As the seasons change, there’s one thing you can be sure about - so do the pests. Every building, whether domestic or business, is subject to a pest infestation. However, if you own a business that has pests, it can put customers and clients off.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure you don’t find those pesky nuisances too late. Along with commercial pest control on your speed dial, here are some ways you can keep your business pest-free.

1. Find the Cracks

Every building suffers wear and tear over the years. It’s not uncommon for inspectors to find holes and cracks when looking through a building annually. It’s also important to ask your employees to spot and report any holes or cracks they see in the building while at work.

Some cracks that allow small pests in are difficult to see. Asking a professional from pest control to evaluate the building could save you a lot of time and hassle.

2. Seal the Cracks

Once you have found all the potential entry points for pests, it’s important to seal them up. Some cracks and holes may need to be repaired but it’s important to seal them until the repairs can be made. You can seal the cracks with pest-proof materials while you wait for repairs.

Using transparent materials may also give you an idea of whether pests are trying to get through to your building. Pests often leave traces behind them, like eggs or shells, for you to spot as you check the building.

3. Recurring Problems

If the building has had a pest problem before, it’s not unlikely for the problem to reoccur. Look back through the records of the building and find out where the pests gained entrance previously. It’s common for pests to gain entry in the same area as they have in the past.

Analyzing the identified site thoroughly may reveal conditions that are pest friendly and inviting for small pests trying to find a home in the colder months. In addition to sealing any entries, it’s also important to change the environment so pests aren’t attracted to the area.

4. Landscaping Choices

Some certain plants and shrubberies attract pests. Your landscaping choices could have a significant impact on whether pests enter your building or not. Ground covering vegetation should also be removed from near the building.

It’s important to keep up with your landscape work, even during the Autumn and Winter months. If your building is surrounded by gardens or plants, be sure to stick to plants like pests don’t like. For example, most pests hate Lavender but the smell is attractive for your customers.

5. Do Your Work in the Summer

Unfortunately, many people don’t start pest-proofing their buildings until it’s too late. Some people wait until they see a problem to try and fix it. Bugs that want to overwinter will be attracted to the southern and western walls of the building, where the fall sun hits.

The warmth attracts them to this spot as somewhere to potentially see out the winter where they will be dry and warm. To stop this from happening, the best thing you can do is start sealing cracks in those walls in the summer. Hiring pest control services is the easiest way to stop a problem from arising.

6. Residual Treatments

It’s always best to prevent a problem, rather than treat it. As the temperature starts to drop, you can use residual treatments around your building to stop pests from trying to enter. The timing of these applications is paramount for keeping pests away.

At the latest, they should be applied in early fall. Your pest control expert will be able to advise you on when it should be done and what should be used for the best results.

7. Rodent Prevention

Sadly, rodents are a problem all year round. They are even more attracted to business premises because there is generally a larger amount of garbage and more heat than in domestic premises. They can be difficult to get rid of, even when spotted inside the building.

Rodent proofing is essential for all businesses and often requires the help of a professional. Rodents are experts at finding points of entry that only a trained eye can identify.

Treating a rodent problem can be far more difficult than preventing one. In a place of business, it’s impossible to leave rodent traps lying around on the floor. Hiring an exterminator will give you more options on how to get rid of any rodents inside the building.

You will have a choice of non-toxic and toxic baits, along with perimeter fence lines and exterior baiting in secure stations. These baiting areas will be kept clear of employees and customers.

Opting for All-Round Pest Control

It’s not easy getting rid of pests but it’s so important to do so in a commercial building. We offer pest protection services throughout Gila Valley and Phoenix at affordable prices. We have a professional and friendly team of professionals that can be with you at the first opportunity.

Before pests damage your inventory or get in front of your customers, let us sort the problem for you. Why not take a browse through our website at what we do and the services we could offer you?

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