How Not To Manage Pests In Your Business

The simple fact is what pest management efforts work at home doesn’t necessarily translate into the commercial world. In today’s blog, we list what you shouldn’t do and what some good alternative approaches are.

What not to do

What you need to remember is that different factors need to be considered when talking about commercial premises. Unlike your home, using insecticides around your commercial property are better to be avoided. The reason for this is because, within the commercial environment, you have to make sure you do nothing that has the potential of presenting a health risk to you, your employees, and your customers.

Now, while bug sprays and surface sprays aren’t necessarily that dangerous to humans, they can still pose risks if misused and sprayed excessively. No doubt you’ve had those times when at home you’ve drowned a particular bug or spider in bug spray and the chemicals from the spray have made you feel slightly ill. Given that these chemicals can be harmful if such sprays are used to excess, it also means you should try to avoid using them in a commercial setting.

Whether you think they’re harmful or not, you don’t want to risk using them and having someone fall ill. In the end, you could pay a substantial price. The same applies to surface sprays. While they are chiefly harmless to humans, you shouldn’t be spraying any chemicals that have any level of poison in them outside, inside, or around your premises. Bug spray and surface spray are great solutions for the homeowner when used reasonably, but they’re not a good solution for a commercial environment where you could have hundreds or thousands of people moving in and out every day.

Similarly, if you’re faced with a rodent problem, you best avoid rat traps and rat poisons. First of all, having rat traps strewn across the premises is not a good look, and second of all, you’re encouraging rodents to actually enter your premises and be killed in there. Pest management should be about keeping pests out, not killing them when they come in and this is where services like are really effective. 

The same rule applies to rat poison such as talon pellets. Rat poison may be an acceptable option in homes where those who live there are fully aware of the product and know to avoid it, but rat poison needs to be kept away from the general public as it can be extremely dangerous, especially if a child were to stumble upon it.

Beyond the interest of public health, rat poisons work by baiting rats and mice to consume the poison, which will then kill them. It is not designed to keep rodents away, nor does it drive them away after consumption. That means that rat poisons offer no guarantee that the rodents themselves won’t die inside or around your premises. As a business, you don’t really want people to see dead rodents when they step inside.

Alternative solutions

Instead of using bug sprays and poisons, you’ll want to shield your business from pests. To do this, you want to reduce both the entry points pests can use and what could be attracting pests to your place. For example, if you run a restaurant, food will be a large driving force as to why pests may set their sights on your premises.

Solutions such as constantly keeping your rubbish bins clean and disposing of rubbish far enough away from your premises are good starting points. For all businesses, you need to aim to address potential entry points for pests. Rats may enter through piping and vents whereas flying insects will likely just try to the front door.

Wherever there are cracks, gaps, or small entry points, assess whether those points can be covered up. If you still need airflow, consider placing meshing across those points so that pests are kept out, but airflow can continue. With front entrances that are kept open, you can purchase air curtains that help keep flying pests out by blowing a force of air outwards that is difficult for the likes of flies, bees, and mosquitoes to navigate, but place no annoyance on humans.

Finally, if you do believe you have a pest infestation and need them taken care of, your best option is to call a professional pest management service provider. Pest control professionals are able to identify where pests are setting up shop and have the right products on hand to deal with them. Unlike the pest products available to the general public, those available to professional pest control experts are specially formulated so that they stop/deter pests and are also safe to be used both in residential and commercial environments.

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