Running an industrial facility involves many responsibilities, and pest control management may not be one you think of often. However, insects can be tempted by the scent and presence of employee lunches or certain projects, and the warmth of the place may not go unnoticed by small mammals looking to hibernate or hide out during colder months. These pest-related steps can prevent activities or infestations that cause irritation and stress.
Most industrial facilities have large openings and bay doors to accommodate tractor trailers and other large vehicles and equipment. Left open, these spaces practically invite flies, gnats, and other insects that can lay eggs or otherwise move freely inside your facility. Stop this by investing in large screens that can be rolled away or put in place.
The age of the building or exposure to elements can mean that there are small holes, often near windows, near doorways, or in the doors themselves. Even a few inches could allow enterprising squirrels or mice to creep into these holes and roam free inside the facility, especially when no one is around. This can be of particular concern because at times, rodents will chew into electrical and other wires. That could affect the way machines and equipment work; if they enter the walls and gnaw into those wires, fire risk is also possible.
Avoid this by proactively searching for and sealing spaces or holes found. If gaps exist between doors and the floor, you may need to investigate "door stoppers" or foam inserts that will make infiltration impossible.
If weeds or other plants are growing too close to doors or entryways, removing them could be key to preventing pest problems. As you probably know, insects are likely to chew into leaves and pests often nestle in the underbrush of bushes in dead leaves and grass. Eliminating those snack spots and hiding places is important.
Discuss with Employees
Sometimes the people who work in a facility are the ones who will ultimately attract pests. If people eat their lunch outside and toss away fruit cores into the grass or don't properly close trash receptacles in the employee kitchens, pests can arrive. Regular discussions with workers about their behavior can be a great way to deter a pest presence.
Even with these pest management details, consider consulting real pest experts like those at Blackburn Pest Control. After a facility assessment, they might point out a few more places to improve