Long-Term Commercial Pest Control for All Size Businesses
Businesses come in all sizes from the garage start-up to the multinational conglomeration. One thing they all have in common, from the largest to the smallest, is a need for pest control. Whether you have a towering office building or a corner bistro, eventually you’ll have to create a long-term plan for controlling pests and keeping your workplace clean, healthy and happy.
As a business owner or manager, “integrated pest management” (or IPM) should be in your pest control vocabulary. IPM helps you keeps pests under control without broad pesticide use. This isn’t just a treatment for a current problem. Rather, it’s a series of thoughtful evaluations, decisions and choices. It’s a long-term solution for your business.
IPM uses four basic processes to manage pest-related issues: inspection, identification, sanitation and monitoring. It’s an effective and environmentally sensitive way to keep your business safe from damaging and unhealthy pest issues. Treatments, including chemicals, may also be utilized if needed. However, the need for harsh chemicals is greatly reduced in this more holistic approach to pest control.
Inspection of your place of business, whether it’s a mom-and-pop store or a sprawling factory, is the first phase of planning. A professional will go over your structures carefully to see where there are current issues and where issues could potentially could be.
Methods will differ depending on the nature of the business. For example, the space required for an office will be very different than what is needed for a food service venue. Since the potential issues will not be the same, the plan and treatments cannot be the same either.
Your IPM professional will also identify any current pests as well as likely future invaders. It’s just common sense. You have to know what you’re deal with to get rid of it. Not every treatment works on every pest and not all perceived pests are harmful. In fact, some are beneficial even if you’d prefer not to have your workspace also serve as their home! He’ll identify pest issues as well as action levels for current and potential pests.
Sanitation is more than taking out the trash on a regular basis. It’s the entire system of managing your grounds. It certainly includes emptying the waste bins but it’s so much more. For instance, where is your commercial waste bin located? Is it far enough away from the foundation? Where does your company store mops? They can attract bugs if left wet. What does your breakroom look like? If food is left unsealed, even just over the weekend, it can lead to a major pest problem. Every process of cleaning and refuse removal should be evaluated. Proper sanitation cuts off the food and water supply for most pests so they never become an issue at all.
IPM isn’t accomplished in a single visit. Regular monitoring and assessments are an integral part of an IPM plan. You and your IPM professional should create a plan for regular visits to reinspect and reevaluate periodically, even if you don’t see any problems.
IPM is a common sense approach to pest management. It’s effective for businesses of all sizes and healthy for your staff and for the environment.