Identifying and following trends in business, food, fashion and music is a commonplace as sunrise and sunset. Trends are also prominent in pest management.
Analyzing data collected from monitoring devices (i.e. rodent bait stations, insect traps, pheromone traps, etc.) and other means (i.e. pest logs, visual sighting, evidence of pest presence, etc.) in a facility can identify pest trends that will lead to faster, more efficient solutions to a pest issue.
Griffin Pest Solutions visited with Brittany Campbell, PhD, a staff entomologist with the National Pest Management Association, to find out what pests are trending in commercial facilities and here is what we found out:
Q: What pests do commercial clients need to be most concerned with?
A: Ants, cockroaches, and rodents are some of the top pests encountered and reported to be an issue within commercial facilities. Ants are the No. 1 nuisance pests in the United States and can be difficult to manage because finding their nests is a challenge. Ants and cockroaches are a problem in commercial kitchens, restaurants, and even in break rooms where people have food and are eating.
Rodents are a public health threat and often take up residence in large buildings with plenty of places for shelter and food. In healthcare/hospitality, bed bugs are of course a huge concern because you have people being shuffled around and guests rotating in and out. There is a lot of potential for bed bugs when you have people moving about and bringing their belongings indoors.
Q: What steps can commercial clients take to mitigate pest pressure levels before the warmer spring/summer weather arrives?
A: An integrated pest management (IPM) strategy should always be considered, regardless of the pest problem in commercial facilities. Sanitation, exclusion, and monitoring will help deny pests access to a facility and help lower pest pressures and potentially prevent infestations.
Tips To Mitigate Pest Pressure
- Develop sanitation protocols that include regular cleaning of food processing equipment, drains and food production/preparation surfaces.
- Keep garbage and trash in containers with tight lids, and keep dumpsters away from building entrances.
- Correct moisture issues (i.e. leaky pipes, irrigation systems, etc.) since it attracts pests.
- Practice first-in, first-out inventory practices and store food products in secure containers when possible.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the exterior of structures, use weather stripping on doors and windows, install door sweeps and check exterior lighting.
- Maintain landscaping and trim shrubbery and trees away from buildings and don’t overdo it with mulch – pests will use it as a hiding spot.
- Deploy monitoring devices on the interior and exterior to identify areas with pest activity.
If you are looking for a pest management partner that understands your business and can help your company maintain a pest-free environment for your products, customers and employees, contact Griffin Pest Solutions