07/14/2018 | 6 Industrial Pest Prevention Tips
Industrial buildings are diverse. Depending on the things they process, the workers they employ, and the building itself, their specific needs are varied. That’s especially true when it comes to pest control. To really know how to prevent pests in your specific building, you’ll need a customized pest removal consultation. There are some pest prevention tips that apply to all industrial buildings, however. We've listed the six most useful ones below.
Rats and mice are one of the most common visitors to industrial buildings, so our first two tips involve keeping them out:
1. Teach your employees the common signs of rat infestation.
Incentivize employees to let you know if they spot any signs of rodents. These signs include droppings found inside drawers or cabinets, urine stains on shelves, footprints in dust or powder, sounds inside the wall, and chewing on material goods.
2. Seal holes or cracks around the outer perimeter of the building.
If you're working inside an industrial building, it's probably pretty big. It can be very difficult to fully, reliably remove all pests from a big building once they’re inside. The best way to prevent long-term pest problems in your building is to keep pests out in the first place.
To do that, you and your co-workers have to get proactive. If you have night security, ask them to keep an eye out for cracks and holes during their rounds. If they find any holes, seal them up with caulk and/or steel wool. The easiest way to keep rats and mice out is by not allowing them to get inside in the first place.
Next on the list are birds, which also frequently make problems for large industrial buildings. Birds like to use the space and shelter buildings provide to build nests in safe, convenient areas.
Unfortunately, bird nests can be loud, disruptive, messy, and unsanitary, so you don’t want them in your building. Here are two good ways to keep them out:
3. Don't leave windows or doors sitting open.
We get it, large buildings like the ones commonly used for industrial or factory purposes can get warm. Circumvent the heat with quality HVAC and fan options while keeping doors closed. The quickest way to get birds in your rafters is by letting them fly right in.
4. Look into bird deterrent products.
There are a number of bird deterrent products available on the market. If you have high metal rafters in your building, consider installing bird spikes on top of them.
If your problem is outside the building, look into bird netting or even electrical deterrents. These will keep birds away from your perimeter, so they’re unable to leave their acidic droppings on your property.
Now for a few catch-all tips:
5. Don’t let any garbage sit.
Take it out regularly. In fact, create a schedule for your workers. Make sure break room or office cans are never full at the end of the day. The two things that pests love most are easily accessible food and water. Make sure they can’t get those things and you’ll be far less likely to have any issues.
6. Hire pest control companies that are familiar with industry regulations.
Not all pest control companies have the knowledge and expertise required for rigorous commercial pest control. If you want pest removal that's done right, make sure you ask whoever you call about regulations.
Whether you have to meet FDA, USDA, AIB, HACCP, or another regulation, you need a company that can really help. To help properly, that company will have to understand your industry’s regulation. Being aware of your industries relevant laws, regulations, documentation requirements, and standards is a big part of getting any commercial pest control job done right.
Speaking of pest control companies that know the industries they serve: look no further than the pros at Assured Environments.