If you run a small business, the importance of commercial pest control is definitely an issue that needs serious and ongoing consideration. Given the adverse impact that a pest infestation can have on your business, you will want to make sure that your business is fully protected from the many different pests out there. This means performing regular routine inspections that will allow you to identify any pest activity and take corrective action swiftly. Otherwise, you could create a demoralising and unsafe environment for your staff, damage your reputation with your customers and expose your business to Health and Safety breaches.
Given the varied nature of commercial environments, it is not possible to identify all of the environments most at risk for a pest infestation. However, businesses in the hospitality space that store and serve food are more susceptible to attracting pests, who see them as ready and dependable sources of food. Warehouses or stores with boxes or goods exposed to the environment or where food is processed, packaged or handled can also attract pests. That said, office spaces that do not carry much food but have many unsealed entry points, could easily be overrun by pests.
As a business owner, you should make sure that your premises are free from any possible pest entry points such as cracks and gaps around window frames, doors, pipework and electrical wiring for instance. This can be achieved by structurally sealing these entry points to help eliminate pests from hiding places and spreading further into your place of business. It is also crucial that all staff understand what they can do to help keep pests at bay. Some actions are pretty basic such as mopping up spilt food, while others are more significant such as reporting damaged pipework.
The safety and wellbeing of your staff and customers whilst in your business is paramount. This means that if there are any pests in your place of business, you cannot afford to ignore them. As a business owner, it is likely that pest control and routine inspections might not be featuring highly on your list of priorities or considered as part of your operating budget plan. However, this should change according to how much exposure to pests that your premises has had thus far. Otherwise, you could end up with an infestation on your hands which will result in more costs being accrued such as repair work for structural damages, disposing of contaminated food and disinfection of all surfaces.
It is also worth noting that many insurance policies do not cover damages caused by pests. This could leave you having to foot the bill yourself, putting a strain on your business finances unnecessarily, when these events could have been prevented had you implemented preventive measures earlier. As every situation will vary, it is important to work with a professional commercial control company for routine inspections if necessary. They should know exactly where to look for possible entry points and be able to recommend measures such as structural sealing that would eliminate any possible sources of pest infestation. In addition, they will be able to advise you on what type of pest treatments and disinfectants that should be used depending on the pest activity.
Pest control can be expensive and even hazardous if conducted improperly. It is important that you take appropriate precautions by having qualified pest control operatives handle the issue. As a business owner, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your premises are protected from pests by taking preventive and corrective measures as outlined above. Failure to do so could result in costly repairs, fines or legal action which could put your business under threat.
You can start by requesting a quote from several pest control companies that operate in your area to get an idea of what the going rates are for commercial businesses in your locality. Alternatively, for a free no-obligation quote, call 1st Call Pest Control today.
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