Very few things in life run on a “set-it-and-forget-it” timeline. Along with the weather, your business and everything else in the world, things are in a constant state of change. This should include your business’s pest control program. Here are some tips to make sure your pest management program stays at the top of its game and prepares you for any audit.
Work with a pest management company you can trust
Your number one goal is to partner with a pest control company that wants you and your business to succeed just as much as you do and has the knowledge to make that happen. When selecting a pest control company, read up on them just like you would a new hire. What types of certifications do they have? How long have they been in the business? What are the reviews from other businesses that have worked with them? Ideally, their website should answer a lot of these questions. If not, give them a call and ask. Experience and quality customer service are the key areas to focus on.
Getting the most for your money
With that, a pest professional can’t be with you every second of the day. To get the most out of your service, you and your employees will need to do some of the grunt work. Your pest professional will advise where to pay special attention, but here are a few more recommendations:
- Inspect incoming shipments and pallets to ensure they are not bringing in unwanted guests. Evidence of pests are product damage, droppings, and live or dead insects.
- Look for potential entrances for pests such as doors propped open, cracks and holes in the outside of your buildings, and open vents.
- Maintain a weekly cleaning regimen. Even though pests may enter through the walls or packages, they may thrive once they arrive if they have easy access to food and water. Make sure spills are immediately cleaned/vacuumed, any food is tightly sealed and packed away, and thoroughly clean your drains.
- Remove clutter that pests may hide in such as empty cardboard boxes and unused equipment.
- Teach your employees what to do if they see a pest and how to document it. Since they are in your building day-to-day, make sure they are well-educated in the above recommendations and are implementing them regularly.
Maybe you are continuously seeing great results in your pest management program. But what about tomorrow? Pest pressures change frequently in our Midwestern climate. For instance, the baiting systems you may use now may not be in the same, high pest-traffic areas anymore. If these baiting systems regularly come up empty, you may be missing other areas in your facility where other kinds of pests are spending their time. Your technician should help you decide what areas might be overlooked and whether your bait stations are properly placed.
If you’re looking to switch your current pest management program, partner with the best. Wil-Kil has QualityPro and GreenPro certified technicians, over 20 ACEs (Associate Certified Entomologists) and has been in the business for nearly 100 years. Contact us today for more information.