Many business owners scale back on pest prevention during the winter, thinking bugs and rodents simply “die-off” when the St. Louis weather gets colder. The truth is that these pests find a warm place to hibernate, close to sources of food and water which could be your business, so winter commercial pest control is a necessity.
While your particular business or property may need special attention based on industry regulations or safety concerns, there are some universal strategies that you can use to help prevent pests from making your business their home for the winter.
Stake Out the Hotspots
There are plenty of dark corners in your business that pests can use to set up a nest, but some are just irresistible. Areas like break rooms, trash receptacles, janitorial supply closets, and utility rooms are dark, damp, and offer direct access to food and water. These are the areas that you should closely monitor for signs of infestation and parts of the building you should point out to pest control professionals when they come for regular preventative pest control.
The more your team knows about preventing pests, the easier it is to keep them out. Remind your team that simple tasks like taking the trash to dumpsters, sweeping floors daily, and cleaning up spills promptly will help go a long way towards pest control. Some organizations even take it a step further and ask pest control professionals to come in for staff training on best practices.
Jump on Preventative Maintenance
Cracks in foundations, window sills in disrepair, and automatic doors that don’t fully close are all entryways for pests to come out of the cold and head into your business. While you may already have a preventative maintenance plan in place for your property, don’t overlook the smaller tasks that support your pest control efforts.
Invest in the Interior
This is another process that you should leave to the professionals. If you haven’t already found a commercial cleaning partner, now’s the time to do it. Speak with them about the concerns you have when it comes to keeping your property pest-free, and ask them to pay close attention to bathrooms and break rooms to help supplement what your team is doing to keep things tidy.
There’s no way around it: Pest infestations are bad for business, no matter what your business is or the time of year. When it comes to winter commercial pest control, it’s essential to have the right company handling it for you. Nothing can sink your reputation like pests — it gives customers the impression that the business owners and property managers aren’t professional or attentive to their facility. Customers will go elsewhere in a heartbeat!
Once you discover a pest issue in your commercial facility, you need to address it immediately. Our expert team can come in and find the root of the issue in no time at all. Otherwise, you could be opening yourself up to serious health violations that could put your business at risk. Our business motto is making sure your business stays pest-free at all times. We understand your reputation is at stake, which is why we work quickly and efficiently to deliver the winter commercial pest control services you need. Contact us today to get started!