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Pest Prevention and the Methods of Pest Control

Grainger Editorial Staff

Pests are one of the many nuisances that can disrupt your place of business. They may seem harmless, but they can create a multitude of issues, ranging from contamination to added costs. No one is entirely immune to infestation, regardless of how tidy your warehouse may be. However, with the proper knowledge, you can prevent, identify and remove pests—the right way.

Preventing Pests

By far, the best way to protect your building is by integrating prevention techniquesinto your everyday practices. This is both a critical step and effective strategy whenit comes to avoiding pests. Routine cleaning is a must, but there are also somespecifics that can aid in deterring animals or insects. Here are some preventionmethods to practice at your facility:

  • Remove any sources of food, water or shelter.
  • Store items in safe and enclosed containers.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly with a tightly closed lid.
  • Reduce clutter or areas where pests can hide.
  • Seal and close off any cracks or holes to eliminate outside entry.
  • Perform routine cleaning and surveying from the roof to the basement floor.

Infestation Identification

Pests are any animal or insect that can have a harmful effect on humans and living conditions. Their impact levels can range from a mere annoyance to a deadly disease. Here are some of the most common pests you may run into:

  • Flies
  • Ants
  • Birds
  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Mosquitos
  • Cockroaches
  • Bed bugs

Most of these animals are found in urban and rural locations. However, once a pestinvades your workplace, they can cause severe damages to your workplace andemployees alike. Identifying a pest infestation can be done in a number of ways.For some, it simply involves seeing a mouse scurry across the floor; other times it’snot as clear-cut. Pests are attracted to several locations that can provide any of thefollowing: food, water, shelter or all three. If you have a suspicion of infestation, besure to check any areas of your facility that accommodate any of the three needs.This includes anything from food storage to warehouse basements to elevatedrafters. If you cannot find the infestation yourself, contact a professional to helpidentify any underlying or visible pest issues.

Pest Control Methods

Once you’ve identified a pest intrusion, it’s time to take immediate action. Pest control methods can fall into two categories: biological or chemical. Learn aboutthese two tactics and what control techniques are available to better choose theright one for your facility.

Biological pest control is the use of living organisms to help eliminate theinfestation. This can be anything from predators to parasites to pathogens. One ofthe biggest advantages of natural methods is that they don’t involve the use of toxicchemicals. As a result, this method doesn’t harm humans or the environment. Inaddition, over time, pests don’t become resistant to the control solution. However,most biological methods are only feasible for small pest invasions like insects orplants, and they typically take some time to work.

Chemical pest control is the use of pesticides to destroy harmful insects ororganisms. These solutions are typically easier to find and use than biologicalmethods. Also, most chemicals produce faster, if not, instant results uponapplication. Examples include repellants, which are solutions that deter peststhat crawl or fly within your perimeter or insecticides, that are substances that aredesigned to kill insects. Despite their many advantages, these toxins can posehealth and environment threats upon exposure, but most modern chemical’s effectsare only temporary.

With an active approach and the right products, you can ensure pests don’t get in theway of running your business or facility. Routine monitoring and a quick responsecan go a long way in preventing and controlling pests.

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The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

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