As a business owner, keeping your business or commercial property running is a lot of work. There are so many things you have to worry about from maintaining the building to restocking shelves. But one thing that mustn’t be overlooked is pests. Pests can cause a lot of money in property damage and inventory loss. As with your home, you should try to do what you can to protect your business from pests. Below is a list of the most common pests that can make their way into your business.
Norway rats have been living alongside humans for centuries. Norwegian Water Rats arrived in the United States on English ships in the late 18th century. Their populations exploded in cities like New York and Boston. Rats have fairly poor vision but their other senses are extremely sharp. Rats will happily sneak or gnaw their way into any building looking for food and shelter. They can squeeze through holes and crack the size of a quarter. Once they have made their way inside, rats can cause large amounts of damage to not just food products but plastic, paper, fiberglass, drywall, and styrofoam. Female rats can have litters of between four and twenty babies, and she can have between three and twelve litters per year.
Cockroaches live in every part of the planet except for Antarctica. They love to be near moisture and sources of food. If your commercial business deals with food you should definitely be aware of cockroaches. The sight of these pests will not only cost you customers but they can also contaminate food and spread diseases such as salmonella. Be sure to sweep and mop the floor every day before closing. Vacuum carpets frequently and make sure that counters are wiped down. Keep your dumpster at least twenty feet away from your business and never store garbage outside it.
Birds can cause a real problem for homeowners. Birds, especially pigeons and sparrows, love to take advantage of cracks, overhangs, and nooks in the structure of buildings. While birds aren’t traditionally considered a pest, when they start nesting in and around your building they could start to cause problems. Bird droppings can cause damage over time. Moisture can seep through wood and drywall causing mold and damage. Pigeons and sparrows love to congregate in large numbers and can make a real mess on your walkways and parking lot, not to mention the noise.
We all know the feeling of walking into the kitchen, flipping the light on, and seeing a trail of ants marching across our counter. Now imagine that happening to your business. Ants are small yet determined creatures and they should not be underestimated. Once an ant scout learns that your business is serving delicious food, he’ll leave a scent trail and lead the entire colony back to invade your pantry. Ants can squeeze their way into the smallest hole or crack. This includes doorways, windows, and cracks in the foundation.
Check your building for any damage to the walls, foundation, floor, doors, and windows and perform the necessary repairs. Seal cracks in the foundation and replace damaged weather stripping and screens. repair any damage around vents and utility entry points. Ants can be extremely difficult to get rid of but the pros at Cramer Pest Control can give you a hand.
Once pests get inside your place of business it can be hard to eliminate them. If you feel overwhelmed, call the professionals. At Cramer Pest Control we offer comprehensive commercial and industrial pest control solutions in the Charlotte, NC area. If you suspect you have an infestation we will send out one of our bug exterminators to evaluate the situation.
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