Hello Loyal blog readers. This is Hunter; once again passing on some useful pest control knowledge to you and other interested “dog-blog” fans like yourself. Of course, you know by now that Loyal Termite and Pest Control is a full-service pest control company serving residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Last week I covered the importance of having a sound pest plan when operating a restaurant. We have many restaurants in the Richmond area as customers and are very proud to serve them all.
Pest control in warehouses is also a very important business segment for us, and by its nature is a very big challenge. Various types of pests, animals, and insects can plague a warehouse. Commercial warehouse clients know how valuable it is to treat warehouses and facilities effectively. Food stocks and other perishable items add to the difficulty of treating warehouses. There are 6 steps in protecting storage and making sure that a warehouse is free from pest infestations.
- Assessment. This is the initial step to create an effective pest control program. This can be a complicated job. Special attention is given to entry points, food sources, water sources, shelter areas, and employee and customer corners. An assessment is made in all areas in a warehouse-like cafeteria, pantry, janitorial closets, storage rooms, utility rooms, comfort rooms, and shipping and receiving areas.
- Examine building design. After the thorough assessment and identification of existing and possible problem areas, the next thing to do is find out the building’s customer and employee traffic areas and the number of individuals going in and out of the building every day. An inspection of entry areas such as pedestrian doors, electrical conduits, overhead doors, water sources, and exterior perimeters including dumpster areas, fence lines, storage buildings, is essential.
- Pest ID. Each type of pest has a different treatment depending on the reaction of the pests to each treatment type. Information is gathered from employees to get precise information about the pests to watch for to prevent further infestations and to monitor current problems.
- Customized programs. Each warehouse has its own characteristics and requires a different pest control program from the other. Factors to consider are location, the age of the building, weather, size of the warehouse and many other factors. In order to develop the best pest management program for each warehouse a complete inspection and break down of the facilities is required, as well as, a candid discussion with employees.
- Sanitation. The bottom line in every pest control and a maintenance plan is sanitation. The success of any pest control program depends on sanitation in the warehouse. Service record logs, application records, sightings log, and a sanitation report is essential for a pest control plan to be effective. This will help prevent health risks and financial and legal problems connected with pests’ invasion.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM): (The Loyal Way)
Integrated pest management (IPM) is pest control that uses inspection, records, sanitation, elimination, traps, pest monitors, and chemicals (only if necessary). Combining these techniques will provide a program that will eliminate pests. This approach used in controlling pests centers on sanitation and prevention. Employees are taught the right practices and correct strategies on pest control. The IPM approach minimizes the use of dangerous chemicals and other harmful materials.
Of course, if you or any of your friends or associates are in need of a responsible pest control solution, remember we are just a call away. I feel a song coming on, do you? Glen, come over here and join me for this one. Here we go, Who ya’ gonna’ call? Call Loyal!! One more time, Who ya’ gonna’ call? Call Loyal!! I love that song! Thanks Glen
Thank you for joining me this week. I hope you caught a few new ideas that you can use in your personal pest control management program. If you have any questions; give us a call, check out our website (loyalpest.com), or contact us through social media.
Until next time, this is Hunter your Loyal K-9 Termite Detective wondering; What’s Buggin’ You? I’ll bark at you later. Ruff! Ruff!
Essential Pest Control in a Warehouse in Virginia
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