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Commercial Pest Control: A Comprehensive Guide to Keep Your Business Safe

As a business owner, keeping your workplace safe and healthy is crucial for your employees, clients, and customers. One of the biggest threats to the well-being of your business is pests. Pests such as rodents, cockroaches, flies, and ants can cause damage to your building and inventory, damage your reputation, and spread disease.  This can make your business an unsafe, unhealthy, and undesirable place to be.  In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about commercial pest control, from the types of pests that can infest your business to the steps you can take to prevent and control them. So, let’s get started!

Commercial Pest Control
Graphics by James Knight, Owner of Rodent Solutions

Meet Company Directives 

Some companies have corporate-originated directives that may dictate which products or services we can use on the property.  We can create a custom pest control program with alternate products or application methods to meet your needs.  This can include organic and green products or options for traditional rodenticides, such as rat birth control.   

Common Pests That Infest Commercial Properties

Below is a list of pests that commonly cause issues at commercial facilities.  

Rodents

Rodent removal in commercial properties is a common request, particularly in restaurants.  They can cause significant property damage, and rats carry health risks.  They can directly transmit or be vectors for diseases such as salmonella and Hantavirus. Signs of rodent infestation include droppings, urine, gnaw marks, rub marks from body sebum, and scratching noises in walls and ceilings.  Rodents can be a particular issue for food production facilities, chemical facilities, hospitals, medical facilities, and restaurants. 

Cockroaches

Cockroaches in commercial properties are another common pest. They can spread diseases such as salmonella and carry allergens that can cause respiratory problems. Signs of a cockroach infestation include droppings, egg casings, smear marks, and a strong, musty odor.  They are an issue for any business as they give a general discomfort feeling.  If a German cockroach infestation breaks out, things can get out of hand quickly.  They can be a particular issue for food production, chemical plants, hospitals, medical facilities such as walk-in clinics, medical laboratories, and restaurants. Many different types of treatments can be used.  Baiting combined with a crack and crevice treatment is typically the best.  

Termites

Termites are destructive pests that can cause significant damage to the structure of your business.  Getting rid of termites quickly is an absolute must.  Subterranean termites can often be handled without tenting (fumigating) the business.  If drywood termites are found, more aggressive measures such as tenting are needed ASAP.   Signs of termite infestation include mud tubes, discarded wings, and damaged wood.  They can be a problem for any business. 

Ants

Getting rid of ants in commercial properties is important.  Depending on the ant type, they can contaminate food and transmit diseases such as salmonella. Signs of an ant infestation include visible ant trails, small piles of dirt near entry points, and discarded wings.  Regular exterior pest control treatments typically will keep them out of buildings.  If ants do make it inside the business, baiting is normally the preferred method of ant extermination. 

Flies

Getting rid of flies in commercial settings is important because it can cause a business to be shut down by health inspectors.  They can spread diseases such as E.coli and salmonella. Signs of fly infestation include the presence of maggots, egg clusters, and the presence of flies themselves.  They are typically found where organic matter is permitted to gather.  Flies are a problem around grocery stores in the back room because of all the produce.  Flies in restaurants are another common issue in their kitchens because of the build-up of organic matter from daily and grease accumulation.  Commercial kitchens also suffer from similar fly issues but to a lesser extent.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can infest and cause significant discomfort to those affected. They can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions. Signs of bed bug infestation include bites on the skin, blood spots on sheets, and the presence of bed bugs themselves.  They are most commonly found in hotels and short-term rental properties. 

Signs of Pest Infestation In Commercial Properties

Detecting pest infestation early is crucial for effective pest control. Here are some common signs of pest infestation in commercial properties:

Damage to the Property

Pests such as termites and rodents can cause significant damage to property, including walls, flooring, and insulation. It’s essential to regularly inspect your property for signs of damage to identify any pest problems.

Rodent and Pest Droppings and Urine

Pests such as rodents and cockroaches leave droppings and urine behind as they move around your property. These droppings and urine can contaminate surfaces and cause health hazards.

Foul Odors 

Some pests emit strong, unpleasant odors that can indicate an infestation. For example, rodents and cockroaches can produce a musty smell, while bed bugs emit a sweet, sickly odor.

Actual Sightings

If you see pests such as rodents or cockroaches on your property, it clearly indicates an infestation. Acting quickly and contacting a pest control professional to address the issue is essential.

5 Step Plan for Rodent Control at Commercial Properties
Graphic By James Knight, Owner of Rodent Solutions

Importance of Pest Control in Commercial Properties

Pests can cause significant damage to your property, affect the health of your employees and customers, and damage your reputation. Investing in pest control services ensures a safe and healthy workplace.

Effective pest control can prevent pest infestations, and if an infestation does occur, it can quickly be addressed to minimize the damage and health risks.

Prevention Measures for Pest Control at Commercial Properties

Prevention is key when it comes to pest control. Here are some measures you can take to prevent pests from infesting your property:

Maintaining a clean environment

Sanitation is the key to pest control in almost every situation.  Keeping your property clean and clutter-free is essential to prevent pests from finding hiding spots. Regularly clean floors, surfaces, breakrooms, and storage areas and dispose of garbage properly.

Seal entry points

Pests can enter your property through even the smallest cracks and gaps. Sealing all entry points, including windows, doors, and vents, is essential to prevent pests from getting in.  Having a rodent exclusion performed can nearly eliminate infestations.   

Store food properly

Pests such as rodents, ants, and cockroaches are attracted to food sources. It’s essential to store food in airtight containers and clean up spills and crumbs promptly.  Employees keeping food and snacks on/in their desks can be another attractant for pests.  Most breakrooms’ coffee pot or Keurig area tends to be a hot spot for pest infestations.   

Regular inspections

Regular property inspections can help detect pest problems early on, allowing for quick and effective pest control measures to be implemented.  Your pest control company can perform this during their monthly or bi-monthly service. 

Sanitation measures

Proper sanitation measures, such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, can help prevent pests from finding food and breeding sites.  Having the trash removed daily from all desks, breakrooms, bathrooms, and common areas can help to remove food sources.  

OSHA Regulations in Regard to Commercial Pest Control
Graphic by James Knight, Owner of Rodent Solutions

Pest Control Services for Commercial Properties

If a pest infestation does occur, it’s essential to implement effective control measures to address the problem. Here are some common pest control methods in commercial properties:

Chemical control

Chemical control involves the use of pesticides and other chemicals to eliminate pests. This method is effective but must be used carefully to ensure the safety of employees and customers.

Mechanical control

Mechanical control involves using physical barriers, such as screens and traps, to prevent pests from entering or eliminating them once they have entered.

Integrated pest management (IPM)

IPM involves a combination of pest control methods tailored to the specific pest problem and property. It’s an effective and environmentally friendly approach to pest control.  It allows the pest control company to develop a complete plan to keep your pest issues at bay.  This can include exterior habitat modifications such as landscaping changes and trimming trees and bushes. 

Hiring a Pest Control Service for Commercial Properties

While there are things that commercial owners can do to help, it’s a better use of time to do what you’re good at and continue making a profit.  Hiring pest control professionals to do what we specialize in is a better idea. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a pest control service:

Experience and expertise

Choose a pest control service with experience and expertise in dealing with commercial properties and the specific pests that can infest them.  Ask them for specific examples of situations where they have had a challenge for a commercial situation, and ask them to walk you through how it was handled.

Licensing and certifications

Ensure the pest control service is properly licensed and certified to perform pest control services in your area.  More companies are out there performing unlicensed services than you would like to think about.  Ask if they have any extra training above and beyond just what the company provides.  Our pest control technicians have all completed training at The University of Florida’s Pest Management University and our company training protocols.  We all have extra training provided by the Nation Wildlife Control Operators Association.  This includes certifications for Rodents, Bat removal, Bird Control, and Zoonotic Diseases, all well above state requirements.   

Reputation

Choose a pest control service with a good reputation for providing effective and safe pest control services.  Read the pest control company’s reviews.  Rodent Solutions has a 5-Start Google Rating.  We were also awarded Nextdoor’s Favorite Pest Control Company in 2021 and 2022.  We also have no complaints with the Better Business Bureau  

Availability

Ensure the pest control service can provide services that fit your schedule and needs. In this job market, where many companies struggle to find quality help,  you must ask staffing questions.  If you require early morning, late night, or overnight treatments, you must ask the company you’re speaking with if they can accommodate your needs. 

FAQs

      1. What are the most common pests found in commercial properties? The most common pests in commercial properties are rodents, cockroaches, flies, and ants.
      2. What are some signs of a pest infestation in a commercial property? Signs of a pest infestation include droppings and urine, foul odors, nesting, breeding sites, and actual sightings.
      3. How can I prevent pests from infesting my commercial property? You can prevent pests from infesting your commercial property by maintaining a clean environment, having entry points sealed, storing food properly, conducting regular inspections, and implementing proper sanitation measures.
      4. What pest control methods are commonly used in commercial properties? Common pest control methods used in commercial properties include chemical control, mechanical control, and integrated pest management (IPM).
      5. Why should I hire a professional pest control service for my commercial property? Professional pest control services can provide expertise, licensing and certifications, reputation, availability, IPM, and follow-up services to ensure effective and safe pest control on your commercial property.

    Benefits of Hiring a Professional Pest Control Service

    Hiring a professional pest control service can benefit your commercial property. Some of these benefits include:

    There’s Value in Experience

    Professional pest control services have the expertise and experience to identify and address pest problems effectively. They can use the latest pest control methods and equipment to ensure your property is pest-free.

    Customized Treatment Plans

    Professional pest control services can develop customized treatment plans based on your property’s unique needs. They can tailor their services to address specific pest problems and prevent future infestations.

    Compliance with Regulations

    Professional pest control services are familiar with the state and federal regulations regarding pesticides and pest control in commercial properties. They can ensure their services comply with these regulations, keeping your property safe and legal. They can also help you comply with OSHA standards in regard to pest control.

    Cost Savings

    Effective pest control can save you money in the long run by preventing costly property damage and reducing the risk of health hazards and the costs of decontamination from rats or other pests. Professional pest control services can provide cost-effective solutions that address your pest problems efficiently.

    Peace of Mind

    Knowing that your property is pest-free can provide peace of mind for you, your employees, and your customers. Professional pest control services can provide regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure your property remains pest-free.  It also limits your liability for the use of any chemicals.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, pest control is essential for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment. By implementing prevention measures, using effective pest control methods, and hiring a professional pest control service, you can prevent pest infestations from causing damage, health hazards, and reputation issues in your commercial property. Investing in commercial pest control can provide many benefits, including expertise and experience, customized treatment plans, compliance with regulations, cost savings, and peace of mind. Don’t wait until it’s too late – take action now to protect your property from pest problems.

    FAQs

        1. How often should I have my commercial property treated for pests?

          • It is recommended to treat your commercial property for pests at least Bi-Monthly.  In situations with heavier pest pressure, such as restaurants or grocery stores, we often recommend monthly service as it is essential to stay pest-free for their business operations.   

            1. How can I tell if my commercial property has a pest problem?

              • Signs of pest infestations include droppings, gnaw marks, nests, and sightings of live pests.  You can also hire a pest control company like Rodent Solutions to monitor the situation with pest monitoring stations and with thorough inspections with our trained eye.

                1. Are chemical pest control methods safe for my employees and customers?

                  • When used properly, chemical pest control methods are safe for people, pets, and the environment. Professional pest control companies such as Rodent Solutions must ensure that they are applied safely in accordance with the law.

                    1. Can I perform my own pest control on my commercial property?

                      • While DIY pest control is an option, it is not recommended for commercial properties. Professional pest control services have the expertise and experience to address pest problems effectively and safely.

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