Everything You Need To Know About Commercial Pest Control
It’s not only our homes that get infested with unwelcome guests such as pests. Offices and commercial buildings are vulnerable to infestations too. Business owners and building caretakers know that keeping a commercial building free of pests is an integral part of maintaining a professional operation.
A business’s reputation is just as important as the quality of service it provides to its clients. How a business is viewed by customers and the outside world is vital. If your business is home to unwanted rodents and pests, it could result in extremely bad publicity – especially if you are in the food or hospitality sector. A photo of a rodent lurking in a dark corner could do irreparable damage, especially if it gets posted on social media.
Not only do pest infestations bring unwanted health and safety risks to your staff, but your customers would certainly not be happy if they spotted cockroaches, fleas, or rodents in your office space. In fact, they may never return, resulting in damage to your business in the long run, never mind your reputation.
When undertaking commercial pest control services, businesses should consider a company that not only offers immediate pest eradication but that also offers a management plan to prevent pests from returning in the future.
Integrated pest eradication and prevention also plays an important public safety role. Serious diseases, such as Zika, West Nile virus, Dengue fever, Rabies, Chikungunya, Lyme disease and the Plague are all triggered by pests. Some of these diseases are even fatal.
Businesses and the pest control industry can all contribute to integrated pest engagement to make our world a safer place for everyone.
To start with, there are several small and simple steps businesses can take to help prevent pests.
According to the National Pest Management Association, the state of New York is among the top 10 states most loved by pests in the US. Due to its geographical location and proximity to NYC and other heavily urbanized metropolitan areas New Jersey is also a breeding ground for pest infestations. But you can rest easy, as preventative measures can be undertaken to deter pests from invading a commercial space or building.
Good Building Maintenance
Good maintenance is vital.
To start with, crevices, gaps, holes, and cracks should be sealed to prevent unwanted pests from entering your building. This measure will also ensure that the very nooks and crannies that pests favor as hiding places and entry points to buildings are eradicated. This is important because without a safe place to hide and breed, your small pest problem may not become a severe infestation that requires extensive measures.
Regular Waste Disposal
Managing waste is important and trash cans need regular emptying and proper disposal, both in public parts of the building and in the private spaces used by staff. Not having waste standing around will make your commercial spaces unwelcome for pests.
This also goes for counters, cupboards, filing cabinets, and storage spaces. These areas should be regularly cleaned and kept free of a build-up of debris. This is particularly important in spaces where staff consume food and beverages, such as office kitchens or canteens.
These measures are even more important in the food preparation industry, schools, and health care facilities.
Changes In Pest Control
The world of professional pest control is constantly evolving. One of the biggest changes seen by pest control professionals is shifting behavior patterns in rodents. Rodents are canny critters and are capable of learning to avoid bait stations, with some even showing signs of bait resistance. This means that pest professionals need to constantly update their approach to eradicating rodents.
Warmer Means More Pests
Climate change science has already shared the alarming news of how higher greenhouse emissions will warm New Jersey’s climate further. Warmer winters mean that harmful pests associated with summer will remain active for much longer periods annually. If winters are warmer, then the traditional cold snaps will not eliminate harmful insects as the season used to. In addition, as temperatures rise, pests that prefer the warmer climates of the south will migrate northwards too.
As the Garden State will probably experience longer and hotter summers, diseases carried by pests such as ticks, rodents, mosquitoes will increase. The state is no exception to global trends of a warming climate. New Jersey’s annual average temperature has increased by almost 3°F during the last century. Generally, winters are going to be warmer and shorter while summers will be hotter and longer.
So, whether you own or manage an apartment complex, a shopping mall, a business or a retail store, commercial pest control is and will continue to be, an important part of your business practice.
Fortunately, you can rely on Twin-Boro to look after all your residential and commercial pest control needs. We provide professional pest control services that use the latest methods for properties of all sizes.