Businesses have been obliged to undertake critical operational modifications as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic for the protection of their customers and employees. While some firms may have temporarily shuttered their doors, the majority of food processing and service-oriented enterprises have continued to operate with reduced staffing levels in order to meet the rising consumer demand for food. However, because there is less foot traffic, hungry pests have been able to move freely in search of suitable food supplies, infiltrating buildings and posing new issues. Closed firms must handle pest issues that may have taken root as they prepare to reopen, while others must welcome back additional crew members to ensure a safe return.
Food attracts rodents, allowing their populations to survive and prosper. By minimizing food sources that may entice rodents, you may keep them out by periodically removing rubbish from inside and outside your facility, cleaning high-traffic areas, and storing any food products in sealed containers.
Having an idea about the areas and surfaces of a potential infestation can aid in the prevention of a rodent infestation. Seeing a live or dead mouse is the most obvious symptom of a rodent problem. Marks, droppings, scratches, and other signs are some more common symptoms of a rat infestation. Before bringing any packages inside your business, make sure they are free of pests.
If you encounter a pest or see signs of a pest infestation, you should contact a pest control professional (PCO). Report the time, date, and location of the sighting or pest problem signs to your PCO. Your PCO’s visit will be more effective if you offer them as much information as possible. If treatment is required in your facility, be sure your PCO has the necessary instruments, such as certified insecticides, to keep your food and equipment safe. You and your employees will maintain a pest-free environment if you learn how to keep pests out, notice and monitor for pest infestation indications, and know what to do if you feel you have a problem.
The National Pest Management Association suggests that businesses hire a qualified pest control specialist to treat any pest problems. They can help with the establishment of an effective pest management plan (IPM), a pest control method that focuses on reducing pests’ basic needs for food, water, and shelter, to ensure pests are appropriately handled as their living condition varies. During these times, partnering with a pest management professional will help to secure our food supply and important national infrastructure while also reducing the potential of pest-borne disease.
Although these pest prevention tips can help reduce the number of insects and rodents that enter your business, your pest control efforts should not stop there. When you work with Copesan, your pest problems will be handled by experts who are familiar with the pests that infest your facilities and the most efficient preventative and removal procedures. Your pest problems will be under control thanks to IPM tactics such as traps, exclusion strategies, baiting systems, and frequent inspections.