Whether it is an outside dining space, lounge, or entry area, keeping pests away is essential in these high-traffic areas that see customers. To avoid any pest problem in your outdoor space, here are some easy maintenance tips to help keep pests away from your outdoor business space.
Keep Garbage Away
Pests like roaches, rats, and mice are all looking for a food source, often leading them to the trashcans. By placing trash cans outside, it can easily create a pest problem and even odors. Instead, place them inside your business, making sure it’s emptied and cleaned often. If trashcans are needed outside, consider investing in trashcans with covers. Trashcan covers will both help with reducing odors and keeping pests from infesting.
Check for Water
Throughout your outdoor space, keep an eye out for any standing water that could attract pests. Mosquitoes are constantly looking for standing water to breed. Frequently clean out your gutters and downspouts, as the leaves and debris can create clogs and standing water. Outdoor water features, such as fountains and ponds, should be cleaned and maintained often.
Clean it Up
Outdoor spaces where food is served should always stay as clean as possible. Spills and leftover food crumbs on the ground can attract pests right into the outdoor space and they could even find their way inside. Remove all plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery as soon as your customers leave or finish eating. Wipe tabletops down right after and sweep up any leftover food that has fallen.
Have a Pest Plan
Utilizing the above tips can help control and prevent pests from infesting, though having a customized commercial pest control plan could help even more. A trained service professional will be able to access, inspect, and provide you with the best plan of action to keep pests away from both your outdoor and indoor spaces to ensure your reputation is upheld.
With any type of business, dealing with pests is bound to happen. Whether it’s just a few ants or an infestation of rats, every business owner wants to assure their customers that their business is healthy and well-maintained. Commercial pest control could be the perfect solution for your business and here we break down why.
Custom Plan for Each Business
A commercial pest provider can help establish a customized plan fit for any type of business. The size, location, and type of business are all taken into consideration when creating the perfect pest prevention plan. Each plan is designed to eliminate pests, all while protecting the health of your customers and team.
With regular inspections, pests can quickly be identified by your trained service professional. These professionals are trained to identify different signs various pests leave behind and can quickly provide an action plan to treat them.
Dealing with current pests is always important but dealing with a future infestation is equally important to maintain the health of your overall business. Service professionals will not only deal with the pests currently infesting, but they will also locate any entry points pests can use to sneak into your business. They will properly seal and monitor those areas throughout.
Reputation is Protected
Having a pest control plan can give you the assurance you need that your reputation is upheld. With a customized plan for your business, it is less likely that your customers will encounter pest sightings, saving your business from bad reviews and fewer customers.
Commercial pest control is the perfect solution for business owners looking to keep the health of their customers, team, and business property top priority!
Get a free consultation and discover the perfect pest prevention plan for your business today!
Wildlife creatures can bring a host of issues to your business. Some of these can disrupt your business, create unsanitary conditions, and drive customers away. The first step in dealing with these nuisance pests is knowing the type of animal you are dealing with and how to prevent them. We break down which ones to watch out for around your business and give some easy wildlife prevention tips.
Birds can pose a major health threat to your business as they can spread diseases and contaminate your business space. Their droppings can cause quite a mess and harbor diseases and parasites. These acidic droppings can corrode and ruin your business roof, walkways, windows, ledges, signage, and even your customers’ vehicles. These pests can also easily access and damage the roofline and chimney, which can lead to problems with your electrical wiring.
Rats & Mice
Rats and mice are looking for a place to eat and sleep. They can easily invade your business by entering through the smallest crack or hole that is unsealed. Just like birds, rodents can spread disease throughout your business, making it unsafe for both your customers and team members. These creatures are also known to gnaw on merchandise, packaging, equipment, and electrical wiring.
Squirrels can look cute and cuddly, but they are also known to create structural damage and disturbances at businesses. These creatures are in search of a food source, and you can tell if they have been searching around in your property by seeing uprooted plants and flowers, dug up holes, and eaten nuts or fruits. Squirrels are also known to create holes in roofs, chew on wires, damage vents, and create a musty smell from their urine if they’ve infested inside the building.
Utilizing preventative measures is the key to ensuring wildlife don’t infest your business and disturb your customers!
- Inspect the foundation for small holes and gaps, sealing them up as you find them.
- Inspect the roof and siding to make sure there are no openings to access your attic.
- Secure all trash containers, making sure they are tightly sealed and not overflowing.
- If you have an outside area where customers eat, make sure all food is frequently cleaned up and thrown out.
- Consider Commercial Wildlife Control for your business as service professionals can set your business up with a customized prevention and treatment plan fit for your business.
Spotting stinging pests around your business can be alarming. Yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets are all active during the warmer season as they go in search of a food source and a place to establish their colony. These pests can pose a serious health risk to your customers and business. We break down the most common stinging pests and the best ways to avoid them.
Wasps will build their paper-like nests on eaves, porch ceilings, branches, and windowsills. These pests search for food during the summer months. They are highly attracted to any food found outdoors, along with anything with a fragrant smell such as candles or flowers. When threatened, these pests will sting multiple times and eventually call on reinforcements from other wasps by emitting pheromones.
Hornet nests are built in hollow trees or the walls of buildings and attics. These pests are attracted to light and will often fly into open windows at night if they see a light. Hornets like to eat fruit and honeydew, causing them to congregate in areas where these foods are found. While they are non-aggressive near their nests, they will sting if they feel threatened. When stings occur, the stinger can get lodged in the skin.
Yellowjackets are social insects and can be found wherever humans are. These pests like to eat sweets and proteins and will invade outdoor events to find these foods. Yellowjackets build their nests in high places, such as on trees and buildings, or on the ground. If they feel threatened, they will sting multiple times which can be extremely painful.
Stinging Pest Prevention for Your Business
- Always keep outside food areas clean, wiping up any leftover food debris.
- Keep garbage cans tightly sealed and emptied regularly.
- Untreated wood can attract stinging pests; make sure to stain, seal, or paint wood throughout your business exterior.
- Perform weekly inspections throughout your business property to keep an eye on these pests.
- If you have a public area where customers can eat, use signage to remind them to throw away food scraps and clean up spills.
If you have a problem with stinging pests, contact Commercial Services for an inspection and treatment plan.
Termites can cause significant and expensive structural damage to your business. What is even worse is that these pests can go undetected for a prolonged period, and it can be a long, tiring process to get rid of them. With the Sentricon System with Always Active technology, your business is protected not just against individual termites but from the entire termite colony.
The Sentricon System is installed in the soil of your business’ property. The system is eco-friendly, with bait containing an active ingredient that is safe for the groundwater and plants around it. After the installation, termites will find the system and then tell the other termites in the colony, where they all begin to feed on the active ingredient. Unlike regular liquid termite treatments, the Sentricon System works to eliminate the entire termite colony instead of the individual termites.
The Sentricon System is a perfect eco-friendly solution to eliminate termites and prevent infestation. The system works throughout the year, to give you peace of mind that your business is safe and that you can keep providing services to the ones that matter most, your customers.
Call our Commercial Services Team today at (866) 731-3856 for more information on the Sentricon System and set up a free inspection.
Heat and humidity create an ideal environment for mosquitoes. With Spring here and Summer just a few months away, mosquito season has officially arrived. Mosquitoes are small, annoying, and their bites can pose serious health risks to humans. Every business wants to assure customers that their space is safe, and what better way to do so than with a no-spray solution for mosquitoes.
The In2Care mosquito trap is a perfect way to help prevent and eliminate mosquitoes throughout your entire property. This trap is unique, unlike any other, as it lures in mosquitoes with a special green treatment inside the trap. Once mosquitoes enter the trap, the treatment transfers to the mosquito’s legs, where it’s then spread to other breeding sites, like standing water or flower saucers. The spread of the treatment eliminates adult mosquitoes but also prevents the larva mosquitoes from developing further.
This trap is perfect for businesses who are looking for an alternative green way for mosquito relief. Instead of spraying product around a property, the trap is placed in a shaded, vegetated area where mosquitoes are likely to breed. The green treatment used to eliminate mosquitoes does not target beneficial pests and remains environmentally and pet friendly.
In2Care for Business Benefits
- It’s a no spray way, discreet system
- Eliminates all mosquito life stages – from larva to adult
- Strategically placed around the business so the trap is always working
As each business prepares for the dreaded mosquito season, giving your customers a green, no spray solution to keep them protected against mosquitoes provides peace of mind.
If your business is interested in our In2Care System, call our our Commercial Team at (888) 466-7849 or schedule a free inspection now.