As a business owner, you want to welcome as many people as possible through your doors. However, you don’t want them to fly or crawl their way inside.
Pests can be a nuisance at any commercial property, regardless of the industry you’re in. Not only can they disrupt your team members and make your workplace unhealthy, but they can also put your hard-earned business reputation at risk.
That’s why it pays to have access to experienced and qualified commercial pest control services you can trust. In your efforts to cut costs and reduce downtime, you might try to tackle this issue yourself, but DIY methods are rarely successful.
Today, we’re sharing a few reasons why it’s smart to let the experts take the reins, and what to expect from a commercial pest control company.
What Is Commercial Pest Control?
Pest control services can cover a wide variety of properties, including residential and commercial ones. When the services are commercial in nature, this simply means that the building being treated is a place of business.
Just like homes, business facilities can become unintended hosts for a variety of creepy, crawly intruders. Some of the most common ones that we see include:
- Rodents (mice and rats)
- Bed bugs
Sometimes, a pest infestation is glaringly obvious. Other times, it can be a little harder to detect. It’s smart to call a pest control expert at the very first sign that something’s wrong, rather than wait until it gets worse.
The goal for both residential and commercial pest control services is the same: to eliminate pests and keep them out for good. The main difference is typically the frequency and duration of the services.
Pest control technicians may only need to visit residencies once or twice to address a single issue. On the other hand, commercial pest control companies can provide preventative maintenance services and regular inspections to take a more proactive approach against infestations.
Are you considering hiring one to keep your workplace clean and safe? Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits you can expect when you do so.
1. Comply With Health and Safety Regulations
All businesses have certain health and safety compliance measures that they are required to meet. While these regulations can apply to any commercial space, they’re especially critical in two industries:
If companies in these sectors don’t keep a clean and sanitary workplace, they could put human lives at risk. That’s why regulatory agencies impose high fines or other penalties on companies that fail their inspections. In some cases, they even require the business to close its doors until the issues are resolved.
Normally, representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conduct health and safety inspections, and they arrive without prior notice. In California, the main government agency authorized to inspect workplaces around the state is Cal/OSHA.
According to OSHA Clause 1910.141: Sanitation, every enclosed workspace must be constructed, equipped, and maintained in a way that prevents the following pests from entering and harboring in the facility:
- Any other type of varmin
The clause goes on to state that when a state or federal inspection does identify the presence of such pests, the business must implement an effective extermination program. You can read the entire clause online here.
If inspectors find a company to be in violation of any OSHA clause, the penalties can be significant. In addition to imposed fines, they may also require you to issue a public statement or even close your doors indefinitely. Health and food safety are of paramount importance, and you must be absolutely certain that your workspace is clear of contaminants.
A commercial pest control team will not only prevent pests from entering your business building but will also eliminate any pests that have already made their way inside. They can also provide targeted treatments in certain places that are most likely to harbor or attract pests.
2. Cost Savings
There are two main ways that your business can save money by hiring a commercial pest control company.
First, you can rest assured that the treatment will be effective and targeted. You don’t have to worry about Googling DIY solutions and crossing your fingers that they’ll work or spending unnecessary money on supplies just to find out they’re unsuccessful. You might think the initial investment in professional pest control services will cost your business money, but this investment can lead to long-term savings in the end.
Second, you can eliminate pest issues before they even begin when you go the professional route. When businesses hire a pest control technician to visit their workplace at least once a year (or more, depending on the need), they can stay on top of any minor pest problems before they snowball into more expensive, time-consuming issues.
Technicians know exactly where to look for pests, and they’re familiar with the small, dark places they love to hide. They’ll look around the perimeter of your facility to find and safeguard any possible entry points and educate your team members on actions they can take to keep pests away.
Investing in early detection can result in substantial cost savings for your company, which means more money back on your bottom line.
3. Employee Health
In addition to being icky to look at, did you also know that pests can also carry dangerous and even deadly diseases? For instance, infectious diseases such as Lyme disease, rabies, and the Zika virus can be carried and spread to humans by vector pests.
Vector pests include mosquitoes, ticks, and certain types of rodents. When these pests bite or infect humans, they can transport the diseases they carry into their bodily tissue. In addition, some pests can also trigger allergic reactions in people, which can lead to painful symptoms.
Indoor pests such as cockroaches are most closely associated with asthma and allergy concerns. Individuals who are allergic may also be sensitive to insect and rodent droppings, as well as saliva, exoskeletons, and other signs of infestations. If your office building is contaminated with any of these bugs or varmin, you could be putting your employees at a direct risk.
When employees believe that their employers care for them enough to prioritize a healthy workplace, morale naturally improves. However, the opposite also holds true. If your building becomes a hotspot for disease and infection, you may notice valuable team members leaving your company in droves.
Investing in pest control services goes a long way toward assuring them that you care about their health and safety. Studies show that fewer than one in four U.S. employees feel strongly that their organization values their wellbeing, and this one step can make you the exception to the rule.
4. Less Risk of Downtime
What would you do if the equipment in your server room suddenly went down? What about the computers in your employees’ offices or the printer in the workroom?
When rodents take up shop in your workplace, they can wreak a ton of havoc in a very short period of time. In addition to chewing through cords and wires, they can also shred boxes, destroy workspaces, and even chew through walls. By the time you realize the mess they’ve made, it could be too late.
They might have eaten right through some of your most important files, or cut access to the machines you use on a daily basis. As your employees are helping you clean up the mess, you may ask yourself, ‘Is this really the best use of our time?”
The downtime associated with a pest infestation can be significant, costly, and time-consuming. As your employees work to mitigate the damage, they’re not focusing on the mission-critical work that you hired them to do. This creates a lull of downtime that can cost your company majorly in the long term.
According to one report, 98% of companies state that the cost of IT downtime at their organization ranges from $100,000 to $540,000 per hour. Chances are, you don’t have that type of money lying around freely. If you did, you wouldn’t want to spend it on expensive cleanup services.
This makes proactive pest control the much more economical choice!
5. Safeguard Your Structure
Reports reveal that termites alone cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, and that damage isn’t always covered by insurance. For Southern California business owners, subterranean and drywood termites are among the worst offenders.
The worst part is that even a small termite infestation can quickly grow beyond your control, causing imeasureable wreckage in its path. Left untreated, these pests can even hollow out the structure of your business building, easing their way into the wooden parts that compose your framing.
As they make themselves at home in your wall studs, floor joists, and rafters, termites can eventually eat away at everything that’s holding your property in place, making it vulnerable to collapse.
Commercial pest control technicians know the signs of termites to look for. Teams like ours at Pest Solutions can also help you implement a long-lasting termite control program to keep these invasive critters away for good. In addition to these pests, we can also keep your building clear of other pests known to cause property damage, such as mice.
Even if your business doesn’t suffer damage on quite so big a scale, you may still feel the financial impact of replacing pest-damaged technology and machinery. Most businesses don’t have a place in their budgets to save for these costs, and the charges can catch them unaware — and unprepared.
6. Maintain Your Reputation
According to one recent survey, visible signs of rodents or insects is the top reason why Americans swear off a restaurant for good. This is true across every generation, including Baby Boomers (97%), Generation X (86.2%), and Millennials (78.1).
Even if you aren’t in the foodservice business, your organization still has a reputation to maintain. You could lose clients, partners, employees, or other stakeholders if word of a pest infestation gets out.
Workforce-wise, no one wants to work in an office where they’re afraid a cockroach might scurry across their foot at any given minute. If you want to keep your employees in good standing and keep your good name, it’s time to schedule preventative commercial pest management services today.
7. Learn About Other Problems
Pest control technicians are thorough. As they scan your commercial property for signs of pests or entry points, they’ll often identify other issues that you need to address. For example, if you’re seeing ants in the kitchen, then your cleaning measures might not be up to par.
Likewise, if roaches are crawling in through a large crack in the side of your building, you’ll know it’s time to address the issue. Without the initial pest issues, these are deficiencies you might have otherwise missed.
8. Access to Trained Expertise
As we’ve mentioned, you can skip all the DIY legwork when you call a commercial pest control company. Our technicians possess an in-depth knowledge of common pest behavior, and they’re here to keep your office clean and tidy. If they do notice signs of an infection or issues that could lead to one, they’ll explain the various treatments we offer and suggest viable ways forward.
You can always be confident that you’re working with a capable, knowledgeable team that deeply understands this industry. When you let us do what we do best, you can get back to doing what you do best — running a successful business.
Schedule Commercial Pest Control Services Today
Now that you know a little more about how commercial pest control services work and why they’re important, are you ready to schedule yours today?
Our team at Pest Solutions wants to see your business thrive. We know how much damage can stem from the smallest infestation, and we want to keep you from suffering those losses. We’re proud to be a local leader in commercial and residential pest control, and we’re here to help you.
Contact us online today to request more information or schedule a service!