Business owners have to deal with a lot of problems. This includes addressing customer issues, managing employees, completing accounting and a lot more. However, there are some threats many business owners may not think of that often. This includes pests like cockroaches, mice, rats, ants and other nasty creepy crawlies.
If these creatures infest your business, it can be devastating. You may even get shut down. With that in mind, below are some tips for keeping pests out of your business.
Keep Your Business Tidy and Your Garbage Secure
Garbage, of course, attracts bugs, rodents and other pests. It also breeds germs and disease that can present serious health risks to customers and employees. Make sure to keep your business free of all trash, garbage and filth by cleaning constantly. When you put away the trash, make sure it’s secure in a metal dumpster with a latch on top that cannot be broken into. If your trash receptacles are not secure, you will attract racoons and other pests looking for an easy meal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.4 percent of rabies transmissions to humans were caused by racoons.
Secure Windows and Doors
Cockroaches, ants, beetles, flies and other insects get into buildings due to the tiny openings that can be found around the edges of doors and windows. Check all your windows and doors to make sure they are secure and leave no space for bugs to enter through. If necessary, invest in new windows and doors. If these gaps are removed, you will also have to spend less on air conditioning and heating since less air will be escaping your building as well.
Call in the Professionals
If you are already infested with pests, it’s going to be difficult to diffuse the situation on your own. While this can be done with issues like a single mouse, other more serious infestations can be hard to remove. You may, for example, not be able to spot where bugs are laying eggs or where they are hiding in the building when they aren’t scaring customers that scream look at this. In that case, it may be best to bring in professionals to get the job done.
Overall, pests like bugs, rodents and other creatures can be a huge detriment to your business. If customers notice them, you can bet that fact will be reported in online reviews that ruin your reputation. In other cases, these pests can lead to your business being shut down entirely by health inspectors. Try to get ahead of the problem as quickly as possible.
Contributed by Lizzie Weakley