"What Does A ""Zero Tolerance Pest Policy"" Mean And How Can You Implement One?"
When creating your pest control strategy, you can choose your level of pest tolerance. The strictest possible pest management plan is zero tolerance, which means your business will absolutely not allow any pests whatsoever.
Understanding Zero Tolerance
Zero tolerance can be the base of a residential or commercial pest management plan. A zero tolerance policy requires participants to be proactive and take immediate countermeasures upon the first sign of a pest intrusion. A zero tolerance policy is sometimes necessary for companies that handle food or for businesses in the healthcare industry.
Know The Risks Of Pests
Many business owners adhere to a strict zero tolerance pest policy because they understand the risks pests pose to their employees, to their customers, and to their business in general. In the case of restaurants and food processing plants, pests can cause a violation of health regulations or promote food spoilage. Pests can also cause structural damage to a building or defile your inventory. In both residential and commercial facilities, they may also transmit disease. To maintain a zero tolerance policy, you should work with a pest management professional to create a structured plan that includes the following steps:
Seal Entry Points
Have pest control experts carefully evaluate the exterior of your home or business. They will look at windows and doors as well as vents, pipes, and holes in the walls. If they notice any potential entry points, you will have to seal them so pests cannot enter.
Remove Food And Water
Unsupervised or discarded food and water sources can attract a variety of pests. You can reduce the risk of a pest invasion by removing standing water and decaying food. Pay attention to leaky or broken pipes and drains, exterior areas where water pools, and open buckets of water. You will also want to check water fountains, bathrooms, and condensation around air conditioners. The best way to keep food away from pests is by following basic sanitation guidelines. Store food in sealed containers to prevent access and close garbage cans securely.
Take Away Hiding Places
Pests such as cockroaches and rodents prefer dark, small living spaces. This means sealing up any crevices or cracks in your home or business. If you have a pile of firewood for your home or pallets for your business, place them far away from the building.
In the case of businesses, enacting a zero tolerance policy will require you to work with your entire staff. Ask your pest management professional to conduct training on proper sanitation as well as other preventive measures. Make sure employees know what the zero tolerance policy means, and report any pest sightings no matter how small. With the involvement of all employees, you can be sure that no pests will roam the property or cause problems. The extra eyes will let you ensure your zero tolerance policy is effective.
Interested in creating a zero tolerance policy for pest control? Contact JP Pest Services to request a free commercial consultation or residential estimate! Our service professionals are trained to protect your home from intruders and understand the specific requirements to keep New England businesses free from unwanted pests.