The arrival of spring means that all the critters we love to hate will soon become active once more. Some, like cockroaches, don’t really go dormant, thanks to our southern climate. If you own or manage an industrial or commercial property, you know that managing pests is a chore. Following these tips can help prevent future infestations.
Commercial Pest Control Tips
Eliminate Standing Water
Pests come in all shapes and sizes and are attracted to different conditions. Some, like mosquitoes, are attracted to standing water. Like frogs, mosquitoes begin their life in the water. Female mosquitoes need to lay their eggs in calm, standing water. This could be bird baths, ponds, or puddles that form in low-lying areas of landscaping. Reducing the amount of standing water in your commercial property will also reduce the number of mosquitoes that may be lurking.
Keep Trash And Recycling Bins Clean
When garbage and recycling spill out onto the pavement because the bin is full, this is an open invitation to various pests, from rodents to roaches. Make sure your waste management company keeps a regular schedule, and any custodial personnel is keeping things tidy. Cockroach prevention is much easier than cockroach removal. And when it comes down to it, the common feature to preventing any pest is eliminating food, water, and shelter sources.
Take Inventory Of Your Landscaping
Some plants – like catnip, lavender, and basil – will make your property less attractive to mosquitoes. Other plants, like tall ornamental grasses, are attractive to fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and more. Ask your pest control technician to help you choose plants that won’t entice pests while still making your property an attractive place to live, work, or visit.
Check For Cracks And Crannies
The trouble with pests is they are so small. It’s easy for them to slip in despite our best efforts. Having your property inspected for things like cracks in the foundation, loose window seals, or large gaps between doors and floors can help keep your property pest-free. Door sweeps are a common and affordable way of keeping out bugs. And they can also keep the cool air-conditioned air from leaking outside!
Choose Smart Lighting
Some bulbs, like sodium-vapor bulbs, are less attractive to light-loving insects. You may also want to consider installing bug zappers or turning off as many exterior lights as possible when the property is not in use.
Why You Should Hire A Commercial Pest Control Company
Even if you’re diligent and follow best practices for preventing pests, life happens. When you enlist the help of professionals, your technician will be able to:
- Identify root causes of the infestation. By taking a holistic approach, you’ll reduce the likelihood of repeat infestations.
- Educate personnel by interacting with an inspector
- Identify, reduce, eliminate, and prevent food hazards if your facility serves food.
- Prevent recalls
- Keep up with government regulations.
- Maintain a healthy, sanitary environment
- Keep you, your employees, and your customers safe.
If you’re looking to sell a real estate property, having termite protection in the form of a termite report will give you peace of mind knowing the structure is safe.
Get Commercial Pest Management From Progressive Pest Control
At Progressive Pest Control, we offer industrial and commercial pest control to keep your property free of rodents, cockroaches, termites, and more! Plus, we utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for an environmentally-friendly approach. Take back control of your commercial property! Give us a call at (706) 654-2730 or contact us online here. For more tips on pest control, be sure to read our monthly blog and like our Facebook and Twitter pages!