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June 30, 2015

What Is Integrated Pest Management And How Can It Keep Pests Out Of Commercial Settings?

integrated pest management in commercial settingIntegrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to pest management that focuses on common-sense preventive measures to mitigate the risk of a pest infestation. In agriculture, it aims to keep pest populations below the economic injury level (EIL), or the point at which pest populations cut into the profitability of a crop yield. While integrated pest management is most commonly used in the world of agriculture, the principals behind it can also be applied in other commercial settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, and hotels.

An integrated plan reduces the possibility of needing a major intervention to deal with a pest infestation. Imagine, if you have to close your hotel for a week to fumigate after a bedbug outbreak, not only is the treatment going to be expensive, but you are also going to lose a week’s worth of business — not to mention the damage the whole ordeal could do to your establishment’s reputation. So, what are the specifics of this approach to pest management? Integrated pest management is made up of four critical components:

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June 25, 2015

3 Common Pest Problems Hospitals Face

common pest problems in hospitalsDealing with a pest issue in a hospital can be very complex due to unique challenges and specific requirements. Let’s take a look at the three common pest problems hospitals face and what can be done to prevent them.

1. Bed Bugs

Hospitals are incredibly high-traffic areas. Doctors, nurses, medical support personnel, patients, and visitors constantly moving from one area to another, increasing the risk of spreading a pest problem. Hospitals are particularly susceptible to bed bug infestations due to the continuous movement of beds, bedding, and clothing. Bed bugs in one room can easily be spread throughout an entire hospital in a short amount of time.

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June 23, 2015

What are the 5 Signs of a Commercial Pest Infestation?

5 signs of pest in your businessWhen it comes to effectively and discreetly dealing with commercial pest infestations, early intervention is key. Whether you are dealing with rodents  or stored product pests, the earlier you get a professional on the scene to address a pest infestation, the better. It is critical for you and your staff to be aware of any indication of pest activity in your establishment to ensure professional intervention as early as possible. Take a look at these five signs of a commercial pest infestation that you and your staff can identify.

1. Pest Droppings

Pest droppings are the classic sign off a pest infestation. Check your establishment for any fecal droppings or urine trails. Remember, while rat or mice waste can be easy to spot, waste from smaller pests, like bed bugs, is often harder to see. Therefore, a thorough examination is crucial. Always instruct staff, especially housekeeping and cleaning staff in a hospitality facility, to examine all bedding, furniture, floors, walls, etc. for any evidence of pest droppings.

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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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