Commercial buildings can have problems with pests just like private homes. Your building may even be at a higher risk of an infestation simply because a large building has more places for bugs and rodents to hide. Plus, your employees and customers probably aren't as careful with food and cleanliness in your building as they would be at home.
The most important aspect of commercial pest control is prevention because roaches crawling around your store could hurt your business or cause you to fail an inspection. Here are some tips for keeping pests under control in your building.
Get Regular Pest Control Treatments
Keep pests at bay by having a pest control company make regular visits to look for signs of trouble and treat your building with insecticides. This ensures termites are caught early before they do costly damage. It also keeps ants and roaches away so they won't drive away customers. Depending on your type of business and its location, you might need pest control services as often as monthly.
During the visits, the exterminator looks for signs of rodent activity and identifies problem areas that will attract pests. The interior and exterior of your building are inspected and traps may be left if indicated, especially if your building is close to a restaurant or dumpster. Then, treatments are applied that kill off bugs that are present and prevent further infestation by leaving residual chemicals that work for weeks to repel or kill new bugs that wander through the building.
Take Quick Action When Problems Arise
While prevention is the cornerstone for keeping pests out of your building, it isn't possible to completely eliminate the risk of an infestation when you have many people coming and going all day. An employee may carry bed bugs in from home. A delivery truck may drop off boxes with roaches inside. The restaurant next door may get sloppy and attract rodents that suddenly take over.
As a business owner, you need to be constantly alert to problems so you can take quick action. Don't delay treatment when you notice a problem such as flies in the building or ants crawling everywhere. Your pest control company will make special visits to take care of any problem that pops up whether it is bed bugs or an uptick in rodent activity. By acting quickly, you can get rid of the problem before it affects your customers and employees in a negative way.
Keep the Building Clean
A clean building is important for many reasons. It makes for a better working environment and it is more attractive to customers. It reduces the risk of injury and it also reduces the risk of a pest infestation. You'll want to hire a janitor or cleaning service to maintain the building to keep it orderly and clean. Customers and employees will leave food crumbs behind. Kids may drop candy or drinks on the floor that entice ants and roaches.
General clutter attracts rodents and other pests that like to make nests in paper and fabric. Dirty drains attract flies and damp areas attract a variety of rodents and pests looking for water. Cleanliness is your best defense against attracting bugs and rodents. In addition to hiring a cleaning service or janitor, you should also teach your employees how to keep the building as clean as possible so you can pass surprise inspections and prevent problems with bugs that could make a bad impression with customers.
Don't forget about other pests that could bother your customers such as birds and mosquitoes. You want your customers to be able to enter and exit your building without encountering pests, and if you have an outdoor seating area, you want it to be as comfortable as possible. Companies like Frontier Exterminating Company will come up with a treatment plan that controls annoying pests inside and outside so your employees can work in peace and your customers won't encounter unappealing pests.