Commercial property and facilities managers have to look after a wide range of facility types, ranging from office buildings to varying retail spaces. Commercial facilities that host multiple businesses often see a lot of foot traffic. This means that special attention must be paid to ensure a clean appearance and a sanitary environment. It goes without saying that pest problems in commercial facilities are cause for concern and should be dealt with promptly.
Shared spaces lead to shared pest problems
Because businesses in shared commercial facilities have to share walls, ceilings, and common areas, they also share the responsibility of defending their space against pests. An outbreak in one business or a common area can quickly lead to a property-wide infestation.
Having pests in your common areas—lobbies, bathrooms, break areas, foyers, and cafeterias—can turn away potential customers and visitors. Insects and rodents can travel from these joint spaces to the areas that house electrical equipment and wiring, potentially causing more issues.
Pests that inhabit work areas can create a disruption, cause a drop in productivity, and more. Sometimes employees can even introduce pests to the environment unknowingly when they sneak into their personal belongings. This happens most often with bed bugs and cockroaches.
Pests can cause serious damage when they invade electrical or boiler rooms, walls and ceilings, or even our general workspaces. Rodents like rats and mice are infamous for gnawing on wiring, damaging expensive equipment and creating fire hazards. Some ant species are attracted to electrical equipment and are able to cause power disruptions when they swarm to it in large numbers. Cockroaches and similar insects can hide in these areas, too. When left undisturbed, their numbers can grow and move into public spaces.
What are the top 10 pest problems in commercial properties?
Bain Pest Control looked at over 75,000 services conducted in commercial facilities to figure out the top 10 pest issues facilities and property managers face. Here are our findings:
- Rodents – Rats and mice in particular were claimed to be an issue at a rate 4 times higher than any other pest. This suggests that businesses should take extra care in their rodent prevention measures. A property’s risk for rodent infestations can increase based on the structural conditions of the building, surrounding properties, and location.
- Spiders – Spiders sneak into businesses through cracks and crevices, vents and pipes, and even through deliveries and employees’ personal belongings. Because spiders are so commonly feared, it’s important to attend to spider infestations as soon as they’re discovered.
- Night-Flying Insects – Moths and other insects active at night can be attracted to the lighting in your facility and find their way in through open doors, windows, and cracks in the building. Ask a pest control professional about lighting advice to help reduce pest problems.
- Miscellaneous Flies – This is a wide-open category including many different flies beyond the common house fly. However, all kinds of flies can become a nuisance and cause food safety risks.
- House Flies – House flies enter our commercial facilities just like us – through open doors. While we rarely see cases of flies breeding indoors, none of us want to deal with flies inside. Flies in your business space can be a nuisance at best and a health risk at worst, having the ability to spread pathogens to food and surfaces. To prevent a fly problem, take a close look at your loading docks and entryways to see if you’re letting them in.
- Small Flies and Gnats – Small flies can cause problems near drains in kitchens, restrooms, breakrooms, janitorial closets, around plants and trash bins, and in other areas where moisture and organic debris can build. Gnats cause the biggest problems for businesses outdoors during summer.
- Occasional Invaders – We include boxelder bugs, stink bugs, silverfish, earwigs, centipedes, and many more in this category. It incorporates those pests that you don’t usually think about until they’re already in your business, and unfortunately, in New England, there are more of these than we’d like to have around.
- Ground Beetles – All kinds of beetles make their way into our facilities through deliveries and open doors or cracks. Make sure you inspect your deliveries for signs of pests. You can also talk to your local pest control company about performing exclusion services to seal off pest entry points. Installing door sweeps is a great way to keep out beetles that could be crawling under your doors.
- Crickets – These occasional invaders don’t often swarm our indoor spaces, but when one or a few make their way inside, they will make themselves known. Crickets are hard to find because of the nature of the way that they produce sound, so they can disrupt a workplace for far too long.
- Pavement Ants – It makes sense that the ants that get their name for their common proximity to sidewalks, asphalt, and foundations are a commonly experienced commercial pest problem. These tiny ants can easily redirect toward your business in search of food, water, and warmth.
Remember to look up
Of all the areas to pest-proof within a commercial facility, the roof is often the most neglected. However, especially for facilities that have flat rooftops, pests can cause lots of problems up high.
While they missed the top 10, birds – especially pigeons – can become a serious issue for businesses. Birds will nest, roost, and scout for food on top of our commercial facilities if we let them. This will lead to heaps of droppings that can corrode paint and materials.
Birds can also become a problem for our HVAC systems. These units often unintentionally provide warmth and shelter for birds. When birds build their nests around these units, they leave behind droppings and feathers that can obstruct the system’s airflow and even expose people to harmful pathogens and parasites.
It takes an in-depth understanding of local, state, and federal laws coupled with a knowledge of bird biology to conduct proper bird control for commercial facilities. If you have a bird problem in New England, make sure to work with a company with experience in bird management. Bain Pest Control can help create a plan that is safe, humane, and effective.
Design a pest control program for today’s commercial property
In today’s times, we are transforming commercial properties into full-fledged campuses to serve a modern public and workforce, including modern amenities from food services to gym space, deliveries, and other personal services. Although these options are attractive to employees, they come with the risk of new pest problems.
It’s important to feel secure in your facility’s plan to keep pests out. Call Bain Pest Control today for a free inspection and advice on designing an integrated pest management program that will assess the risks your specific facility faces.