Grease marks, gurgling noises, and structural damages are some telltale signs of pest infestations.
Pests are bothersome to both home and store owners because they spread diseases and inflict painful bites. Apart from adhering to legal requirements, pest infestations in stores can cause damage to stored foods and other products.
Though you can call a pest control service, you can also implement preventive DIY pest control methods.
Having said that, we’ve curated a guide with some tips and tricks that will come in handy for repelling pests from your commercial property. So, let’s dive right in!
8 Tips To Prevent Your Store From Pest Infestations
1. Declutter Your Store
Store owners will agree that they have many items in their retail space to meet the growing needs of consumers. And that’s why the first thing you should do is declutter your store by disposing of all the items that aren’t needed.
When a store is jam-packed with plenty of stuff, pests hide in the nooks and crannies during the day and nest there. So, by decluttering the store during seasonal transitions, it will be unlikely that these pests will occupy your space.
2. Inspect Items Properly
When ordered items arrive at your store, check them properly before storing them in the warehouse. If the food grains or other edibles are infested with pests, they will reproduce and possibly begin to invade your store.
You can prevent pest infestation in your store by conducting thorough inspections and keeping all the food items safe. Rat or mouse droppings, product damage, mouse nests, and insects under the shrink wrap are some of the tell-tale signs of the presence of pests.
3. Clean Your Store Properly
As a store owner, you need to clean your store thoroughly every week. Not only is it hygienic, but it also prevents pests from invading your space.
Before you start cleaning, make sure to empty all the store’s eatables, sacks, and bags. Pay more attention to the nooks and crannies and hard-to-reach corners because that is where you’ll find most pests nesting.
Since most pests mature between seven and ten days, monthly cleaning won’t ward them off. A vacuum cleaner will come in handy for cleaning drains, using a stiff brush, racks, shelves, and crevices. Also, ensure your staff adheres to the same standards of cleanliness.
4. Dispose Of Garbage Properly
One of the easiest ways to keep pests at bay is to manage your waste efficiently. Installing a garbage container with a lid will not only keep the pests away but will also prevent the foul smell from spreading.
Besides, don’t leave the waste overnight. Ensure the bin empty it daily to avoid any nasty infestations.
5. Repair All Leaking Pipes
Pest infestations and plumbing issues go hand in hand because leaking pipes invite them to your space. Standing water from leaking pipes attracts rats, cockroaches, and other pests to the store.
On top of that, the moist environment can lead to the growth of termites, further damaging your property. So, if you have a leaking pipe anywhere in your store, get it repaired right away to keep fixtures and food safe from pests.
6. Seal All Cracks, Crevices, And Holes
In addition to leaking pipes, cracks and holes can also lead to pest infestations in your store. Since they aren’t gigantic, they can enter through the tiniest of cracks without any difficulty. And did you know that rats, ants, cockroaches, and bugs can squeeze through one cm-wide hole?
You can seal such space by following a DIY route. However, if this fails to work, it may be time to hire a commercial pest control company.
7. Keep An Eye On The Merchandise Kept Outside
Ideally, most small store owners keep their merchandise outside due to a shortage of space. When goods are kept outside, they are more likely to be attacked by pests than those kept inside.
For instance, if you sell plants or firewood and keep them outside, check them regularly because ants, spiders, wood borers, and beetles invade such spaces. Since they prefer compact spaces, these products are ideal for them.
8. Contact A Pest Control Service
If your store has been home to stubborn pests, it’s advisable to contact a pest control service to eliminate them. Of course, plenty of companies are trying to sell their services, but not all of them are up to the mark.
That’s why we suggest you do your research by scouring the internet, looking for reviews and everything else to know the quality of their service. If you feel convinced, then book them for your store.
Another thing we’d like to suggest is to set a budget so that you don’t end up overspending. Not only that, but it will also help you to narrow down your options and invest in the right company.
At GC Pest Control, our team specialise in commercial pest control elimination and prevention. We provide an efficient, friendly and professional service every time. If you would like more information on commercial pest control, or to talk about the options for your store, please contact our team.
Pest Control Solutions For Your Store
Whether it’s a cockroach hiding behind the rice sacks or mice nesting in a hole, pest infestations are a nightmare for retail store owners. Besides frightening customers, they ruin merchandise and tarnish one’s business reputation.
Even if your store is free from pests, we suggest you follow the tips mentioned above, so they don’t get the chance to enter it. And if you’ve tried everything but still failed to eliminate them for
With that, we’ve reached the end of our informative guide. Until we meet again!