The Biggest Pest Threats Business Owners Should Be Aware of in Fall

November 29, 2018

technician inspecting a business for pests

As a business owner, you’re constantly keeping on top of all the situations that could affect your business in either positive or negative ways. It comes with the job, but it can be overwhelming at times.

The pest control experts at Innovative Pest Control can help take at least one thing off your plate. Commercial pest control is essential in keeping employees and customers safe and healthy, your products in excellent condition, and the reputation of your business untarnished.

Fall is an especially important time of year when it comes to pest control because when the weather gets cooler, many pests look for warm accommodations in which to spend the winter months. If your business has been left unprotected, you could end up with some of these pests inside. Which ones are the worst offenders? You decide. The following are the biggest pest threats you should be aware of this fall:

Rodents

Rodents, such as mice, rats, and squirrels, are eagerly looking for warm lodging that also provides a food source at this time of year. While any business is at risk of a rodent infestation, businesses in the food service sector have a big reason to worry. Rodents can contaminate food which can cause illness in employees and customers or monetary loss if you have to throw food away.

Rodents cause other problems as well. They’ll chew through boxes and damage the contents inside. They’ll damage walls, insulation, and electrical wiring (which could cause a fire). They can also bring other pests into your place of business, as they are often carriers of parasites such as fleas and ticks.

Even if they have not caused problems, simply the sight of these furry creatures is bad for business. No one who sees a rat running around your hotel lobby is going to be interested in staying there again.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are most active in the summer, going from place to place since more people travel in the summer months. But, in fall, infestations become apparent as populations have had time to grow in new locations, such as homes and businesses.

While bed bugs don’t only infest beds and could turn up in any type of business, hotel owners should be especially on guard against bed bugs. With the high turnover rate of guests, bed bugs could be brought in on any new customer and end up infesting a room. Once they’re in one room, it won’t take long for them to spread. It probably doesn’t need to be said, but bed bugs are very bad for business.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches will come inside to get out of the cold and they’ll usually look for moist areas to stay. Roaches are filthy creatures that carry a host of germs, bacteria, and parasites on, and in, their bodies. They can cause illness, contaminate food, and even trigger asthma in some people.

While customer-service industries, like restaurants and hotels, should be especially vigilant against cockroaches, every business should be wary of them.

How to Prevent These Pests

When it comes to pest control, prevention is always best, but, because we know how many balls business owners must constantly juggle, Innovative Pest Control offers commercial pest control services that can lessen your load.

Innovative Pest Control customizes our services to your particular industry and specific needs. We’ll take care of current pest problems while also working to prevent problems in the future.

Don’t leave your business unprotected this fall. Call Innovative today.

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