Protecting reputations, guests and the environment are usually top priorities for businesses which is why implementing an integrated pest management plan for your business is so critical. Most commercial property managers and owners would not think they’d have termite or rodent issues in their establishments but it’s not safe to assume that’s the case.
“Pests are not simply a matter of cleanliness. Sometimes, pests can be a result of construction nearby. The role of pest prevention in maintaining a healthy environment is to really be a partner with establishments to prevent infestations before they occur,” said Janelle Iaccino, also known as The Bug Lady with Rose Pest Solutions, www.rosepestcontrol.com, which has been serving DuPage County for generations.
“So many things can cause pests inside establishments including new developments and construction that cause habitat displacement of pests like termites and rodents. A high end area like Naperville is not where we expect to see bed bugs or cockroaches, but companies in this area need to keep their eyes open for mice and termites that are being displaced. It’s also a ripe environment for overwintering pests like stink bugs due to closer proximity to farm fields.”
Iaccino said using the right pest management partner is imperative for businesses and that it’s important to look at credentials besides basic certification. “Ask how long the company has been in business and if they have done work with other commercial properties similar to yours. The key is a proactive approach by implementing a prevention program to make sure pests don’t invade in the first place,” she said.
Rose’s history goes back all the way to the Civil War. Founded by Solomon Rose who created an early form of pest control product, known today as arsenic, Rose’s first client was the 16th president of the U.S. – Illinois’ very own Abraham Lincoln. As commander in chief, Lincoln was in charge of the Union Army and in 1860, the U.S. Army commissioned Rose to help keep soldiers in tent camps protected from rats and lice as they fought in Civil War battlefields. Of course, as president, Abraham Lincoln was in charge of the Union Army and therefore Rose’s first client.
Today, Rose works with all types of establishments including food warehouses, restaurants, office buildings, audited facilities, educational locations, government buildings, hospitals and medical facilities, gyms and chiropractic offices.
The experts at Rose say there are common pest prevention mistakes and ways to avoid them.
Preventing Pest Infestations in Commercial Properties — Best Practices for Businesses:
- First and foremost, it can’t be stressed enough about the importance of regular pest inspections in commercial properties. What starts as a small problem can quickly spread to a monumental problem with an economic impact on a business that clearly was not planned for or in the budget.
- A pest problem in most industries can bring a business to its knees. Nothing is more embarrassing than a patron swatting flies while trying to enjoy your food, drinks, and hospitality. Get peace of mind and the protection you need with customized restaurant pest control solutions.
- Successful restaurant pest prevention begins with a strong partnership between an establishment’s staff and certified experts.
- Look for a pest control company that is QualityPro Food Safety Certified which means technicians have special knowledge of the environment. The QualityPro certified program equips accredited companies with additional resources, testing and training to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in servicing food plant and processing facilities. Some companies, like Rose, offer complimentary staff education seminars to ensure success.
- Even if you only see a couple of ants or a couple of cockroaches, don’t assume the problem is small. Most infestations are not do-it-yourself jobs. Professionals are key to first, identify the source and what the exact species is to then create a plan of action and execute it.
- Be sure to look for a pest management partner that has deep roots in the community with years of verifiable experience and expertise.
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