If you’re a brick-and-mortar retail business owner with a storefront, you know that standing out in the crowd is important to your bottom line. Your business needs to look its best with eye-catching signage, lighting, and well-groomed grounds if you’re a stand-alone big box brand. The same goes for condo complexes, apartment buildings, and commercial office properties. Attracting residential tenants and business owners depends a lot on perceptions. For both retail spaces and multi-unit residential and office spaces, keeping pests out of your buildings is crucial to keeping customers and clients coming through your door. In today’s social media environment, this is especially true because reviews from your customers can grow your brand or take a toll on consumers’ impressions of your business. So, keeping rodents and insects out of your business should be a major priority for businesses in any industry. At Petri Pest Control Services, we know that proactive pest prevention saves money, time, and your reputation. In South Florida especially, pest prevention is a lot easier than trying to control pest infestations.
Consider these 5 ways to keep pests out of your business from Miramar to Jupiter.
1. Get on board with a professional pest control plan
Hire a professional pest control company, such as Petri Pest Control Services, to perform a thorough inspection of your business. Trained, licensed technicians can detect potential problem areas, such as cracks and holes in your walls, foundations, and around entryways and vents that pests can easily enter your business through. Because no two businesses are alike, Petri Pest Control Services will then design your pest management protocol around your needs. Whether you are a stand-alone small business, a franchised location, a commercial property management company, or a residential property management company, you have the same end goal in mind when it comes to pests. Contacting a pest professional, such as Petri Pest Control should be your first line of defense in eliminating pest issues and concerns for your business.
Petri’s technicians will inspect your business to determine what Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques and materials are needed to prevent pests from entering your business. Setting up schedules to treat for different pests during the year will also be considered. Our IPM approach uses only the latest and most effective EPA-approved products and materials when treating cracks, crevices, and voids on commercial properties, using baits and devices, rather than harmful pesticides, unless pesticides are necessary to control extensive infestations. Commercial and industrial properties, along with condos and apartments, usually require more inside service than single-family residences. Although more inside service can be requested, most of the work performed by our technicians involves servicing and treating the exterior of your business or property.
2. Integrate best practices in storage areas
In addition to partnering with a professional pest control company, businesses need to integrate best practices when it comes to storing inventory. For many businesses storing inventory properly involves utilizing a variety of different techniques depending on the type of items required for your business.
We recommend the following storage methods.
- Storing apparel in air-tight, hard plastic containers with tightly closed lids will guard against fabric moths and rodents.
- Storing of perishables such as dry goods and bags of candy and chips should be in hard plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.
3. Declutter your storage areas and property grounds
Clearing out all non-essential items from your storage areas can help deter insects and rodents from wanting to settle down in your business. Because the opportunities for pests to enter your business are many with your front door opening often, combined with freight doors and other delivery area doors left open for long periods, the less clutter, the better. Pests are attracted to clutter. Clear out clutter and dense vegetation around your properties, eliminating piles of leftover construction materials, boxes, and other trash. Keep branches trimmed away from buildings and the grass trimmed short to deter rodents and insects.
4. Organize your storage areas
Working to organize your storage areas better can help deter pests, also. Adding shelving units for better access and visual monitoring can help employees detect pest issues. To ensure better access for your pest control technician, leave 10 inches to one foot of space between walls and shelving. Store all houseware items and non-perishables on lower shelves at least one foot off of the floor.
5. Clean and sanitize continuously
Due to COVID-19, hard surfaces in high-traffic areas are getting sanitized and disinfected more than ever before. Prioritizing sanitation in your business includes sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping floors regularly, as it only takes a few crumbs in break rooms, at desks, and in company kitchens to provide more than enough food to harbor rodents and insects. If your business includes a commercial kitchen, we recommend incorporating in your regularly scheduled cleaning schedule the use of a biological cleaner when mopping and cleaning floor drains to ensure potential breeding sites are eliminated. Trash receptacles should be emptied into outside receptacles throughout the workday. Outside trash area slabs should be also be cleaned regularly and dumpsters emptied according to a fixed schedule. All large trash receptacles should remain outside and be equipped with tight-fitting lids. Cardboard boxes can attract roaches and other insects that can go home with customers and can be difficult to control in multi-unit housing, as they can move between units when threatened.
Petri Pest Control Services will advise businesses about pest-prone areas when they observe them during scheduled visits. This includes alerting owners when repairing or correcting water issues, such as leaky faucets and exterior places where water retention could attract mosquitoes. Focused on treating potential pest harborages, we perform a thorough perimeter treatment to deter pests from setting up shop in your commercial structures. Because no two businesses in South Florida are alike, Petri Pest Control Services customizes pest control solutions for businesses and residences, in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. From our branches in Pompano Beach and Boynton Beach, we have effectively served businesses in these areas since 1956.
Contact us to schedule a pest inspection for your business and commercial properties!
5 Ways To Keep Pests Out Of Your Commercial Property in South Florida
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