Check when the bins are emptied. Leaving cleaning up of food debris until the following morning provides a perfect night time feast for pests, at a time when they are most active. Remains in a crisp packet are a tasty meal for mice and apple cores in a bin provide a nice breeding ground for fruit flies. Staff often leave crackers in their bottom drawers to find on a Monday morning they have been eaten. Foodstuffs should be kept in sealed containers and simple hygiene rules can restrict the build up of unwanted pests.
WHEN PESTS GET IN
Regular pest control inspections should keep a good control over the rodent situation. Monitor stations should be strategically placed around your premises as a first line of defence. If rodents are appearing, more stations should be installed and your pest control company should increase the frequency of their visits.
Flies and other insects can be treated using ultra low-volume insecticide applicators during out-of-hours periods. Insect detectors and pheromone monitors can be installed discretely throughout buildings and regularly checked to monitor insect activity.
WORK WITH THE CONTRACTOR
Communication is key, especially if you look after several different sites. Your contractor should complete a detailed report at the end of each inspection and make sure you receive it soon after. Many pest control companies luse digital reporting so the report is available to within minutes of the service being carried out.
Andy Thompson, commercial director, NBC Bird & Pest Solutions adds: ‘As a business and facilities or property manager you won’t want to highlight the need for pest control to your customers or the general public. If you have suffered a pest infestation – rodent, insect or bird – you definitely don’t want it to damage your business’s brand or reputation.
So how can you prevent the problem in the first place?
‘Hygiene is central to effective pest management. Hygiene and sanitisation can be a sensitive subject but it must be considered as poor housekeeping and hygiene practices will attract unwanted visitation from pests. All businesses have waste areas which should be regularly cleaned and sanitised with waste stored securely and removed from site regularly. Waste and uncleared spillages inside and outside will put your business at risk and the best way to tackle this is to educate your staff.
‘Pest awareness training can be provided to staff/cleaning contractors to help identify the early signs of an infestation and ensure solid housekeeping practices. Our technician’s complete comprehensive surveys every visit, but your staff can be an effective early warning system to protect your business. Employing a pest control company does not guarantee pest free premises. We work closely with our customers to ensure they regularly check for signs of pest activity and record or notify us, so our teams can act swiftly to prevent an infestation.
‘Maintenance of your premises will also protect your business from nature’s pests. Ensuring the fabric of you premises is in good repair and potential entry points for pest, proofed correctly will prevent potential problems. Pest and birds have to get in somewhere and are opportunists so even the smallest opportunity for ingress will be seized upon for shelter, nesting or feeding.