The normal pest control discussion revolves around how to prevent pests from entering your home, and how to get rid of them once they’re inside. Your home, however, is not the only place where pests can cause problems. Businesses are just as likely to have issues, and since an infestation can be devastating to a business’ reputation and profits, commercial pest control is absolutely necessary.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
That old saying has never been truer than when you’re discussing pests that can damage your business and bring your profits to a halt. Commercial pest control begins with prevention, and here are some quick tips to follow that will help lessen the possibility of pests invading your place of business:
- Watch your trash — A number of insects are attracted to garbage. Keep trash in sealed containers, and be sure to dispose of them on a regular basis.
- Seal those cracks — Conduct an investigation for any cracks or holes on the exterior of your building that could be used by pests as their ticket inside, and then get them sealed. If you’re not confident about doing this yourself, hire an HVAC professional to evaluate the dangers and make any necessary repairs.
- Avoid excess water — Pests will often go where the water is. Keep water away from the outside of your building as much as possible by making sure to have gutters installed for proper drainage.
- Clean up food — If your business has anything to do with food, especially in cases where you have a kitchen, it is important to clean on a regular basis. Pieces of food or crumbs left on the floor, counters, or anywhere else can quickly attract pests.
Once they’re inside…
No matter how hard you try to keep pests out of your building, some will inevitably get inside. At this point, commercial pest control typically revolves around these elements:
- Traps — If you’re confident that the problem isn’t a big one, you can start by setting traps that will catch and/or kill the offending creatures.
- Professional services — If you decide that the issue is too large for you to handle yourself, it’s time to call a commercial pest control specialist. A pest control expert will conduct a full evaluation of your building and give you recommendations of what should be done to rid your business of the pests, and what can be done in the future to avoid them.
- Monthly inspection — A one-time visit by a professional is helpful for today. But what about tomorrow? If you want to make a true effort of avoiding pests inside your business on a regular basis, plan on scheduling a monthly inspection of the premises.
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