Controlling pests is an essential part of any business strategy and, for this, you are going to need a reliable, knowledgeable and professional commercial pest control service.
Commercial buildings, simply due to their size, tend to have many small gaps, holes and fractures that provide the perfect home for pests to nest and reproduce. This becomes an issue for companies, in particular those which store food. An infestation may mean they will have to seal off the infested areas and possibly cease operations, ultimately leading to a loss in both income and profit.
Pest control experts understand the urgency and sensitive nature of a business experiencing infestations, be it rodents or insects.
In this blog post, we look at the problems that pests and infestations can cause for commercial businesses and how pest control maintenance is essential for solving these issues.
Insect infestations are one of the largest and most common problems affecting commercial businesses, with one of the main issues being the sheer number and variety of insects.
There are a huge number of different species including cockroaches, ants and bed bugs to name just a few, with each species having different eating and nesting habits which must be identified for the pest control service to deal with them appropriately.
The fact that insects are naturally small animals and can choose hidden spots to nest in poses an issue. However, with the help of experienced pest control services to carry out inspections and maintenance, insect infestations can be kept to a minimum, reducing the likelihood of insects nesting and breeding.
While rodents are fewer in numbers compared to insects, they are considerably larger in size and bring with them a different set of problems.
One of the issues that can cause the most damage is their ability to chew through almost any material they encounter (including cables), which can seriously damage the viability of a commercial business. This is a particular problem for businesses that have expensive or high-tech machinery. Repair or replacement of these items can prove extremely costly.
Rodents also carry a range of communicable diseases which can lead to employee sickness and contamination of products – especially food.
Important signs to look out for include droppings, burrow holes and bite marks. If caught early, it becomes easier for commercial pest control services to minimise the damage the rodents have caused, as well as ensuring that measures are put in place to prevent their return.
Pests in Businesses
The following pests tend to create the biggest issues for commercial organisations.
You may think of squirrels as those adorable inquisitive creatures you encounter on your woodland walks, but an infestation of squirrel can be devastating for businesses. They damage property, carry disease and can contaminate food as they forage for sustenance.
For those business involved in agriculture or forestry, their presence can be devastating as they can damage plants and young trees, as they search for food and build their nests.
If your business operates in the hospitality industry, then bed bugs can be a constant source of aggravation. Left unmanaged, an infestation of these insects can cause damage to your rooms, reputation and result in lawsuits from your guests. In an age of social media, it can take moments for customers to start posting about unsanitary room conditions, which can jeopardise further bookings. The damage these creatures cause may also lead to costly room refurbishments and other related expenses.
Rats and Mice
Rats and mice are a huge problem for businesses. These rodents have a short breeding cycle which means a small incursion can quickly turn into an infestation. Rats and mice can damage property as they build their nests and scavenge food. They can also carry a range of communicable diseases, including E. coli and salmonella. Naturally, this can pose a particular issue for restaurants, hotels and other catering establishments which prepare and/or serve food to the public.
These pale-yellow ants are tropical in origin and therefore seek out warm locations to nest and breed in. This makes any hot location, such as kitchens or boiler rooms, at risk of an infestation. Once in situ, pharaoh ants can contaminate food through the germs and other pathogens they pick up when travelling through buildings. They particularly enjoy protein-rich and sweet foods, so any industries responsible for these kinds of items should be alert to the potential for infestation.
Many people don’t think of cockroaches as being common in the UK. However, business owners know differently – to their cost. These insects are often brought onto premises by staff or visitors. Once they’ve settled in, cockroaches breed rapidly and can soon become an out of control infestation. Cockroaches are large (for insects) and deeply unpleasant and the sight of one alone can be enough to send customers scurrying from your business – not to mention the potential for disease communication.
With pest control being a vital partner to commercial businesses, you will want a pest control service you can trust.
Baroque Pest Services is part of the Safeguard Pest Control family of businesses. They understand the urgency and sensitivity of effective pest control, which is why they respond quickly and efficiently. Baroque Pest Services tailor pest control solutions to your business needs and put measures in place to ensure that control is maintained, so your commercial business can continue to thrive without the worry that an infestation can bring.
Baroque Pest Services offer commercial pest control services in the following areas: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Torquay, Truro and many other areas in the South West. They work with all kinds of industries including Bars and Pubs; Cafés and Restaurants; Hotels (including B&Bs); Nursing and Care Homes; Factories and Warehouses; and Farms (especially Organic Farming establishments).
Please get in touch today to ensure a pest-free future for your business. Or call us 01752 862908.
Baroque (SW) Limited was a family business established in October 1988 based in Plymouth. Over 30 years Baroque grew to become the most well-known regional pest control company in the South West of England before joining forces with Safeguard Pest Control in August 2018.
As part of the Safeguard family, customers continue to receive exceptional pest control, bird control and washroom services. Every customer is important to us and we take pride in providing a top quality, reliable service. Our emphasis is on serving the customer to the best of our ability and building a long-term relationship of mutual trust and friendship. We have service technicians local to all areas of the South West Counties, so our customers can receive a prompt service from a technician who is familiar with the area and premises.
Our qualified office staff are available from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday to answer any customer queries and give advice.