Do I Need an IPM Strategy for My Small Business?

Do I Need an IPM Strategy for My Small Business?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) might sound like something that’s reserved for large agricultural operations or sprawling industrial complexes, but IPM can be just as vital for small businesses like yours. But why does it matter for small businesses and how can you implement a strategy that works for you? Let’s find out!

Understanding Integrated Pest Management

Unlike traditional pest control methods, IPM focuses on prevention, monitoring, and control with an emphasis on the use of multiple strategies to minimize pest populations. While minimizing risks to human health and the environment, key components of an IPM strategy include:

  • Identification: Accurately identifying pests and understanding their behavior is crucial to effectively manage pests
  • Prevention: Implementing measures to prevent infestations before they start, such as sealing entry points, maintaining cleanliness, and eliminating sources of food and water
  • Monitoring: Regularly monitoring for signs of activity allows for early detection and intervention, stopping minor issues from escalating
  • Control: When necessary, methods of control may be used such as traps and targeted applications

Why IPM Matters for Small Businesses

The consequences of ignoring pest problems can be just as severe for small businesses compared to large-scale operations. It’s just as essential to have an IPM strategy ready to protect your reputation and preserve the health and safety of your customers and employees. While the upfront investment of an IPM program can seem daunting, it can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for costly pest control treatments and potential damage to your property or inventory.

How to Prevent Pests in My Small Business

It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly to get an IPM strategy in place or begin prevention:

  • Identify potential pest vulnerabilities, such as entry points, food storage areas, and landscaping features.
  • Train your employees on the importance of pest prevention and how to spot early signs
  • Implement good business hygiene protocols, proper waste management, and routine maintenance to limit pest attractants
  • Consider partnering with a pest management company near you to receive a free, no-obligation inspection and a personalized strategy tailored to your business’s needs.
A No Spray Mosquito Control Way for Your Florida Business

A No Spray Mosquito Control Way for Your Florida Business

South Florida Mosquito Control: Commercial Pest Control

Heat and humidity create an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are small, annoying, and their bites can pose serious health risks to humans. With peak mosquito season here, every business is looking for ways to assure customers that their space is safe, and what better way to do so with a no-spray solution for mosquito control.

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 control. Instead of spraying product around a property, the trap is placed in a shaded, vegetated area where mosquitoes are likely to breed. The green mosquito treatment used to eliminate these pests does not target beneficial pests and remains environmentally and pet friendly.

In2Care for Business Benefits:

  • It’s a no spray way, discrete 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, reach out to your local pest control company who partners with In2Care, who are happy to answer any questions or schedule a free inspection.

3 Reasons Why Business Owners Need Pest Control in Miami Gardens

3 Reasons Why Business Owners Need Pest Control in Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens Pest Control: Commercial Pest Control for Businesses

Dealing with a pest infestation at your business is never ideal. Our Miami-Gardens area is known for its tourism, making your business vulnerable to a pest infestation. Whether you’re dealing with rats at your restaurant, birds at your retail store, or roaches in your apartment complex, a pest infestation can be devastating to your business. Check out our top three reasons why your business needs commercial pest control.

Pests Bring Health Risks

Every business owner wants to ensure that their team and customers are healthy and safe. Pests such as rats and roaches can carry many diseases and pathogens that can be transferred to food and food surfaces, leading to contamination. Whether you are a food-handling facility or not, pests can cause a health risk to your customers and team. When you invest in a recurring pest control plan, the risks of these pests visiting your business are reduced, giving you peace of mind that your customers and team are safe.

Pests Put Your Brand at Risk

If a customer sees a pest in your business, it can be detrimental to your brand reputation. With online reviews and social media, the news of an infestation at your business can spread fast. This can lead to bad reviews, fewer customers, and financial problems. Having a preventative pest plan in place can help ensure your brand keeps its reputation.

Pests Damage Property

Certain pests can cause damage to your property, equipment, products, and even the structure of your building. Birds are known to damage a building’s structural integrity by dislodging roof tiles, destroying insulation, and even chewing through packages in search of food. These problems can lead to larger problems with costly repairs. Having a plan in place to prevent these pests from entering your business property can help ensure your business is gaining money instead of losing it.

Dealing with a pest infestation is the last thing you want to deal with at your business. Investing in a customized commercial pest control plan can help avoid these pests and allow you to get back to what matters most, your business, team, and customers. Contact your local Miami Gardens pest control company for a pest control analysis.

 

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Avoiding Rodents at Your South Florida Restaurant

Avoiding Rodents at Your South Florida Restaurant

Commercial Pest Control in South Florida: Restaurant Rodent Control

Florida continues to be a hot spot for food and dining. With popular tourist and local spots in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, Miami, and many more, the restaurant industry continues to boom. As summer approaches, we can expect an uptick in restaurant reservations from those visiting. Now is the perfect time to ensure that your restaurant has placed proper preventative measures to avoid rodents.

Have a Garbage Routine

This one might be obvious, but it is one of the most crucial factors in avoiding rats and mice. Food scraps and leftovers that restaurants discard is a major attraction to these creatures. Look to remove all leftover food as soon as possible, emptying the trash cans several times a day. You will want to ensure that all trash cans and dumpsters have secure lids. Look to position the outside trash containers away from your restaurant building and entrances to help discourage rodents from entering.

Protect & Clean

In a restaurant, it’s impossible to remove all food and water that rodents are attracted to. However, you can protect and secure the food inside your restaurant. Look to cover all food until it is ready to be prepared and ensure that you’re dining, and kitchen areas are clean throughout the day. If any food spills occur, make sure you clean them up as soon as possible, remembering to check crumbs settled into crevices and along baseboards.

Keep Up Repairs

Keeping your restaurant up to date in repairs will help to prevent rodents from entering. Rats can enter buildings through gaps small as a size of a quarter, while mice only need an opening the size of a dime! To help prevent their entry, make sure that all exterior cracks and crevices are sealed, install door sweeps, repair torn window screens, and fix any water leaks.

A rodent infestation can be extremely harmful to any business, risking a negative reputation in the process. Consider investing in Commercial Wildlife Control for your South Florida restaurant, as these professionals will provide your business with a customized prevention and treatment plan.

Northwest’s Derek Foster Answers 6 Questions on his Pest Control Career: Learn More About PCT’s Commercial Technician of the Year 2021

Northwest’s Derek Foster Answers 6 Questions on his Pest Control Career: Learn More About PCT’s Commercial Technician of the Year 2021

Derek Foster was named the 2021 PCT Commercial Technician of the Year due to his dedication to service, safety, and industry leadership. Derek has been a Northwest teammate for almost 10 years and has served with our Commercial Pest Control division since the beginning. The entire Northwest team is excited to celebrate his win, as he’s continued to push our team to new heights, to honor our customers, and to create extraordinary experiences everywhere he goes. Learn more about PCT’s Commercial winner this year in this Teammate Q&A!

NW: How did it feel to find out you were named the 2021 PCT Commercial Technician of the Year? 

Derek: When I found out that I had been named PCT Commercial Technician of the Year, it completely blew me away. I was kind of speechless at first, like, ‘Are You Serious? You’re not kidding me?’ What an honor! When I started asking questions, I thought back with how honored and thankful I am to all the people that have helped me along my journey here at Northwest for the past 9 years. I’m extremely proud to work here at Northwest Exterminating and receive this recognition for hard work. I can’t even describe how thankful I am to receive this!

NW: What made you choose Northwest initially?

Derek: I chose Northwest Exterminating 9 years ago (September 2012) because I was looking for a change from my prior 14-year career. I managed a fence manufacturing/distribution location and wanted something different where I could get out of the office, travel around a bit, be hands on, and interact with people. After interviewing and meeting multiple people at Northwest, I knew this was it and has been exactly what I wished for. Since then, everyone I have met and had the opportunity to work with within the company have been awesome.

NW: What is your favorite Northwest Service Standard?

Derek: #7 Golden Opportunities “We view a complaint or a callback not as a hassle, but as a golden opportunity to create a Customer for Life. These opportunities are our time to shine and show the customer the Northwest Difference.”

This is my favorite Northwest Service Standard because in our industry, the customer doesn’t always get a visual result for what we’ve done during their monthly or quarterly service aside from web brushing. When we receive a callback or we are approached by potential customers, it is our chance to shine! From our response time getting to those customers to our genuine concern to help them in any way that we can to make things better, the call back or customer approach also gives us some personal face to face bond time to educate and explain what we will do to take corrective action for any issues rather than just say ‘You should be good now.’ This is recognized by our customers and builds trust and value for them to know that we are there for them.

NW: What’s some advice you’d give to someone wanting to join our industry?  

Derek: If I were to give someone wanting to join our industry advise, I would say be open to educate yourself in all areas and to accept knowledge and experience from others. Own your role, manage your time well, be accountable and take responsibility for all that you do, and learn from mistakes or practices that didn’t work for you in the past. Try new things and be open to growth. Find passion for what you do, have fun, and enjoy it!

NW: Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?  

Derek: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy boating on Lake Lanier, fishing, dining, and swimming. Being from the islands, I love the beach and pretty much anything to do with water like water skiing, wakeboarding, or jet skiing. Scuba diving is probably one of the things I miss most and need to plan a dive trip the next time I’m in Florida, which is where I enjoy vacationing the most. I’d like to teach my wife and kids how to dive so they can see the underwater world. On my own time, I have a passion for wood working, concrete projects, and home improvements.

NW: Where will you be in the next 5 years?

Derek: In the next five years, you’ll find me in a management position for the 3rd Commercial Service Center here at Northwest, this with be known as Commercial North.  (Editor’s Note: Derek was recently promoted to Service Supervisor of our two Atlanta Commercial locations. This vision casting is slowly but surely coming true for him and Northwest because of the team’s hard work and this type of dedication!)

Derek’s consistency in the type of teammate he shows up as for his team, customer, and community is what the Northwest Way is all about. To see this consistency, and his dedication, career enjoyment, and expertise honored by this award is something all of his Northwest Family is proud of and excited for. Derek is beyond deserving, and we’re grateful to call him part of our Northwest Family!

Congratulations, Derek!

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