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June 18, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know about Rodents in Commercial Settings

rodent problem in business settingRodents in commercial settings can cause devastating effects to your business’s safety and reputation. Here are five things that you should know about rodents in commercial settings.

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  1. Proper building maintenance can help keep rodents out — Properly maintaining your building can help keep rodents from infiltrating your space via cracks and openings. Be sure to put tight weather seals around windows and doors, caulk openings around doors and windows (or any other cracks), and never leave doors or unscreened windows open.
  2. Rodents can often go unnoticed — Sometimes mice and rats in commercial settings, such as hospitals, restaurants, and hotels, are difficult to notice at first. They often nest in spots that aren’t immediately visible, such as storage areas, between walls, and in attics or crawlspaces. In an effort to control pests within a commercial setting, the best course of action is taking a proactive approach. This includes partnering with a professional pest control company who routinely monitors your business and stops pest issues before they start or worsen in order to minimize damages.
  3. Rodents can damage your establishment’s infrastructure — Aside from posing a threat to your business’s reputation, rodents can also do serious physical damage to the infrastructure of your business. Rodents gnaw on electrical wires, damage a building’s structural support, and destroy furniture.
  4. Rodents are a health risk — Worldwide, rodents spread over 35 diseases, including salmonella, rickettsial pox, hantavirus, and rat bite fever, among many more. Rats don’t actually have to bite a human in order for these diseases to be spread. They can be transmitted through their saliva, feces, and urine. These diseases can also be spread indirectly via ticks, mites, or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent or its waste.
  5. If you notice signs of any infestation, the best course of action is to seek professional help — If you notice signs of a rat infestation in any kind of commercial setting, the best course of action is to seek professional help from a reputable pest control service. Dealing with rodents in commercial settings is much different than dealing with rodents in residential settings and presents a number of unique challenges. It is difficult to battle a commercial rodent problem on your own without the skills, expertise, and experience of a professional.

JP Pest Services is dedicated to solving your commercial pest problems. Our pest control professionals understand the regulations and requirements of many different industries. Request your free consultation today for a thorough examination of your business location and a pest control program tailored to your specific needs.

June 16, 2015

How to Keep Pests out of Your Restaurant

keeping a restaurant pest freeWhether it's fly activity in the front or back of the house or rodents in your food storage areas, pests within a restaurant and retail food setting are a major problem. Pest infestations not only destroy valuable inventory, but also can do serious damage to the reputation of your establishment.

Even a minor pest problem can turn a reputable and profitable facility upside down. Therefore, keeping pests out of your restaurant and away from your patrons is of utmost importance. How can you keep pests out of your restaurant? Along with a professional pest management program in place, you can work with your employees to make sure the basics are being covered on a daily basis:

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June 11, 2015

4 Common Types of Pests in Commercial Settings — And What to Do About Them

common types of commercial pestsPests can be a nightmare for any kind of business or commercial enterprise, including food-processing facilities, public lodging facilities, hotels, schools, and manufacturing facilities. Pest problems hurt your business and damage an establishment’s reputation. Consider this: A 2006 poll found that more than 60 percent of restaurant patrons would tell five or more acquaintances about a pest sighting at a restaurant. When the word spreads this quickly, a small pest problem can become big trouble for your business.

If you are dealing with a pest problem in a commercial setting, know that there are ways to tackle the problem efficiently and discreetly. The bottom line is that commercial settings, particularly commercial food and restaurant settings, pose unique challenges when it comes to battling unwanted pests. Here are four types of pests that commonly show up in commercial settings and how to remove and prevent them:

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June 9, 2015

When Do You Need Commercial Pest Control?

when you need commercial pest solutionsFrom bedbugs in hotels to rodents in restaurants, pests in a commercial setting are always bad news. They can do serious damage to your reputation and seriously affect your bottom line. If you are dealing with any kind of commercial pest problem, it is critical to address the problem sooner rather than later. How do you know when you need to call in the professionals? Take a look at the following tips.

You need advice on how to prevent pests

Commercial pest control services not only help you get rid of pests, but can also help you prevent pests in the first place. Pest control experts can provide a comprehensive analysis of your place of business and identify protocols and procedures that will help you keep pests away, saving you the time, hassle, and nuisance of a pest problem.

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June 2, 2015

Where Do Bedbugs Come from and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

how to remove bed bugsIn the hospitality industry, bedbugs can be a devastating blow to business. Whether you are a 5-star facility or a rustic hostel, no guest is going to want to use your services if he or she wakes up in the morning to find red, itchy welts all over his or her body. They certainly won’t recommend your business to their friends. It only takes one case of bedbugs to do serious damage to your reputation, so it is critical to take the necessary precautions to keep them out of your guests’ beds. 

Bedbugs are small, reddish bugs that are typically around the size of an apple seed. They prefer dark, undisturbed areas and tend to hide in furniture crevices as well as baseboards near beds. Bed bugs will feed on any warm-blooded animal, including humans. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide and warmth that humans emit, so that’s why they camp near or in our beds. Keep in mind that bedbugs are not necessarily associated with poor sanitation. Even the cleanest of facilities could become a haven for bedbugs, as these pests are apt hitchhikers and can easily travel from one place to another via suitcases and backpacks. Luckily, you can get rid of bedbugs with some smart cleanup and professional help. Be sure to take the following tips into consideration.

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