February 16, 2021
When pesky pests invade your commercial space, things can go from bad to worse quickly. Not only can pests damage or destroy the property, but they can also pose a health hazard to you, your staff, and your customers. Not to mention that a customer seeing a pest infestation in your business is likely to damage your reputation, causing you to lose business.
In this article, we will go over what you should look for in a quality pest control service, some of the most common questions surrounding the topic, and some of the solutions that have proven to be effective for managing pest problems in your commercial space.
Most Common Pests
In addition to being repulsive, cockroaches are known carriers of harmful bacteria and disease. Most people are intuitively put off when seeing a cockroach anywhere, but to see one in a commercial business would indeed leave the wrong kind of impression in the minds of your customers. Some people are also terribly allergic to cockroaches.
Rodents such as rats and mice are also known carriers of disease. Perhaps even more dangerous, however, is the fact that they are known to chew on electrical cables, which can cause a fire to erupt or even cause your commercial property to lose power, necessitating a temporary closure, along with costly electrical repair bills.
Without a doubt, termites cause more damage to both commercial and residential properties across the country than any other pest you’ll be likely to encounter. Termites live and feast on the wood features in your property, often without being noticed until it’s too late. When termites are left unchecked, they can destroy the foundations of the property, causing the premises to be deemed uninhabitable. What’s worse is that termite problems are seldom covered by insurance.
You may not think that wasps are a significant problem, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most people, when they see a wasp’s nest, are wise enough to leave it alone. The problem is that a single nest can contain over 25,000 wasps, meaning that if you see one wasp, there are undoubtedly thousands of others very nearby. The last thing you want is to have your customers being attacked by wasps when they come to your place of business.
Signs you have a wasp problem: You keep seeing wasps or spot a nest
Worst-case scenario: They swarm you, your staff, or a customer causing hospitalization or possibly even death
Not unlike termites, some varieties of ants, such as carpenter ants, for example, are known to destroy wood features. Ants, although not the most severe pest problem to have, can nonetheless lead to expensive repair bills, not to mention that they will seek out sources of food, compromising the sanitization of your lunchroom and leaving a bad impression on visitors to your premises.
So you have a pest problem, what now?
When choosing a pest protection company, there are a few things that you should look out for, as not all such companies are created equally.
Here are five red flags of a dodgy or poor-quality pest control company
- They either have no reviews, or they have bad reviews
- They try to justify not guaranteeing their work
- Their customer service is inadequate or non-existent
- They haven’t been vetted by external authorities
- Their employees are unhappy, and it shows.
On the other hand, here are five signs of a good pest protection service
- They have been screened, verified, and approved by home services experts
- They have a proven track record with years of experience
- They have a good reputation with other customers
- They stand behind their work and offer a guarantee
- They have an excellent customer service team
The good news is that you are now aware of the problem. Most of the worst-case scenarios can be avoided if you catch the problem early. However, time is of the essence; far too many people are blissfully unaware that they even have a pest problem, and by the time they realize it’s too late, the damage is done.
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