As a business owner or manager with a commercial property, you’ll most likely be faced with a pest issue during the duration of operating your business. And while pest control service may be optional for homeowners, it’s often a necessity or requirement for businesses, especially those where food preparation, distribution, or storage is involved, or any facility that offers a storefront or location for customers to visit. The appearance and condition of your commercial property is often your customer’s first impression of the business, so it’s critical that pests are not an issue or seen by existing and potential customers, or even employees!
Because of the health risks and threats pests can present, it’s essential to take a proactive approach to commercial pest control. This includes regular pest inspections by an exterminating company that specializes in pest control for businesses and routine, often monthly or quarterly, pest control treatments. So what are your options when it comes to commercial pest control and what can you expect from the initial call to an exterminator to service and follow ups? Here’s what you need to know:
The first step in any pest control plan, commercial or residential, is to identify past, current or potential pest threats. Businesses commonly experience issues with roaches, rodents, termites and mosquitoes – but may also experience wildlife invasions (squirrels, raccoons, birds, bees, snakes, and more) and other minor pests issues.
Because of the sanitation conditions associated with roaches, rodents and wildlife, treatment and prevention is key. Your exterminator will inspect the entire property to identify entry points and areas of infestation, and provide prevention recommendations for clean-up and a pest control plan for monthly or quarterly treatments, depending on the severity of the pest issue.
Mosquitoes also pose health risks by spreading diseases like zika, West Nile, Encephalitis, and dog heart worm and causing mosquito bite allergies. If your business serves customers outdoors, you should have your property inspected for current and potential mosquito resting and breeding sites, eliminate or reduce these areas, and request monthly mosquito treatments during peak mosquito season, usually April through October. Mosquito control service is the best way to prevent mosquito bites and minimize risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Wildlife invasions are also common and can present damage and sanitation issues for business owners. If you suspect a wildlife issue, contact a wildlife control company immediately to inspect the property, identify wildlife issue, and offer solutions for wildlife exclusion and prevention.
Once you have your property inspected, pest issues identified, and you have treatment and prevention options, review proposals and determine the best fit for your business. If you’re looking for eco-friendly options that are effective yet utilize non-toxic products and careful application, consider an exterminating company that specializes in green pest control.
Other factors to consider when choosing an exterminator for your business:
- Does the pest control service come with a guarantee?
- What pests are covered under the pest control agreement?
- Is the exterminating company reputable, reliable, licensed and experienced? Consider checking online reviews before making purchase decisions, to determine the best pest control companies near you.
- Does the pest control company offer multiple pest control solutions, including green options?
- Will an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach be used to ensure pests are accurately identified and targeted, using minimal product when and where needed?