Commercial Pest Control
One of the greatest assets to any successful company is their ability to provide a safe and healthy ecosystem for its employees, and already more importantly, its customers. Commercial pest control helps ensure this level of comfort in safety and health by sets rendered in order to eliminate and prevent the presence of pests, such as rodents, spiders, insects, termites, birds and any other unwanted guest inhabiting what would otherwise be a safe and healthy place to work or patronize.
Pests can destroy homes and buildings if left alone. The financial cost nationwide is more than $5 billion in damage yearly, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Disease transmission is also an apparent danger, with pests potentially carrying dangerous organisms, including West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, malaria, plague, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, hantavavirus and encephalitis. Insect stings also can present serious health risks, with more than 500,000 people going to the emergency room each year due to various insect stings. Rodents consume or contaminate 20 percent of the world’s food supply, according to NPMA, in addition to being the cause of fires in buildings due to chewing wires and spilling flammable substances.
According to a 2011 study by Specialty Products Consultants, a U.S. Pest Control Industry examination revealed the industry consists of 21,562 companies and more than 150,000 service personnel. In 2012, the industry was expected to record $11.4 billion in revenue, which is an increase of 5.5 percent.
According to IBISWorld industry analyst Caitlin Moldvay, “While bed bugs were typically confined to hotels and some residences, the creatures have begun to pop up in doubtful spots, including movie theaters, offices and already clothing stores.” The increase in bed bug occurrences has necessitated the growth of the industry, and consequently, the need for more commercial pest control companies.
In 2011, the number of companies was 17,500, which indicates a growth of more than 4,000 companies in a year’s time. Businesses are beginning to become more reliant on specialized commercial pest control companies, in contrast to different options of household products that can be affordably purchased at garden stores. The importance of providing safety and health to employees and customers, in addition as maintaining a reputable business, is becoming a priority for commercial industries across the board.
Here are some additional prevention tips for businesses to protect themselves from pest infestation:
- “Pest-proof” your business by being vigilant of building maintenance needs.
- Dispose of garbage on a regular basis and make sure to store it in sealed containers.
- Seal fractures and holes on the outside of your business, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation; install gutters or diverts that will channel water away from the building.
- Make sure that your employees keep food sealed and stored properly.
- Clean high-quantity areas daily, such as public eating areas and kitchenettes, where crumbs and trash are likely to build up.
- Call a local pest control specialized to inspect for pests and rodents, clarify the problem and take care of it.