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Tips For Keeping Your New Business Pest-Free

December 29, 2020


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Zero tolerance for pests. If you own or manage a business, you must take this stance. Pests are bad news for business. They spread disease, damage inventory and facilities, and showcase your brand in a poor light. Keeping insects and rodents out of warehouses, retail stores, restaurants and other commercial environments is an enormous task though and especially challenging for facilities that occupy several hundred square feet and that have several ways in. With the new year fast approaching, now is the time to formulate a plan that allows you to focus on growing your business and not repairing the damage pests inflict to your building and reputation in 2021. Below you'll find what pests commonly invade our New Jersey businesses, prevention tips from our pest professionals as well as our solutions for solving pest problems in businesses throughout New Jersey


Common Pests You'll Find In Your New Jersey Business

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Ants

Easy access into the building, abundance of food sources, and lack of proper sanitation can lead to ant issues in commercial facilities. 

 

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Flies

Rotting or decaying organic matter in drains, dirty grease traps, and excess trash in and around dumpsters attract a variety of flies.

 

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Mice

Food and waste, water sources, and warm shelter are the elements mice need to survive and unfortunately many businesses offer all three.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rats

As is the case with mice and many other pests, rats need a warm place to live, food to eat, and water to eat.  If your facility offers these necessities and ways inside, you can expect rats to infest.

 

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Roaches

Whether they slip in through cracks in the foundation, arrive on shipments, or via another route, cockroaches will stick around a facility if there’s food available (and there always is because these bugs are not picky) and if it offers shelter that is warm and humid.

 

 

 

Commercial Pest Prevention Tips

Clean, Clean, Clean

Maintaining a clean workspace, free of coffee spills and crumbs in the break room, overflowing trash cans that emit gross yet pest attracting odors, and cardboard boxes and other materials that clutter is a must! Be sure to pay just as much attention to areas that are for employees only as you do customer facing ones.

  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors often.
  • Keep bathrooms spic and span.
  • Clean up spills on counter tops, desks, and other surfaces as soon as they occur. 
  • Empty trash cans often, even multiple times a day if necessary, and do not allow trash to accumulate inside.
  • Make sure your dumpster is attended to regularly and do not let boxes, crates, or other trash to collect around it.

Seal Off Entry Points

Cracks, gaps, and openings on the building structure will result in pest infestation. Make it harder -even impossible- for pests to crawl in by sealing of all potential entry points. 

  • Fill or seal any holes or cracks that insects and rodents can slip through including those located along the roofline.
  • Repair any damages to drywall that have been caused by forklifts, pallet jacks, and other commercial equipment used in your building.
  • Plug areas around vents and ductwork.
  • Keep garage doors and bays closed when not in use.
  • Install door sweeps and change out weather stripping on doors. 

Inspect Items Arriving At Your Facility

Unfortunately, shipments arriving at your facility may contain pests. In order to prevent them from infiltrating your building, carefully inspect all incoming shipments for signs of infestation. Pay careful attention to boxes and other packages that show evidence of damage as they are easier for pests to get into.

Be Smart With You Landscaping & Careful With Your Indoor Plants

While you want your facility to look attractive and welcoming, flowers, plants, and other landscaping may attract pests. Before planting outside, research what and where to plant. Your landscaping company may even be able to help you determine what would work best on your campus. 

As is the case with exterior plants, indoor plants may attract pests. Make sure you introduce plants that do not attract pests and pay close attention to how much water they are given as overwatering can result in gnats and other headaches. 

Eliminate Standing Water

All creatures need water to survive, but mosquitoes, rats and cockroaches in particular can be problems around constant standing water. Mosquitoes breed in these stagnant waters, so eliminating all possibilities around your business will help keep pests away. 

Partner With Arrow For Commercial Pest Control Services

Following the prevention tips highlighted above can go a long way in the prevention and introduction of pests into your facility. For the best results and less worry on your part, we highly recommend partnering with a commercial pest management provider. At Arrow Pest Control, we are a locally owned and operated New Jersey pest control company that has been offering commercial pest control services in Montclair, Harrison, and Clarksburg as well as to commercial and industrial facilities throughout Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morrison, Ocean, Somerset, and Union counties. Contact us today to schedule a FREE evaluation for your facility.



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