Mild winters and warm, sunny weather are two of Houston’s top features that attract many visitors, year-round. However, we’re not just talking about new residents and tourists. Houston also happens to be a perfect breeding ground for unwelcome pests. The most common pests found in Houston include invasive insects, spiders, mosquitoes, ants, termites, ticks, cockroaches, and rodents. These pests thrive in the city’s hot, humid conditions, and Houston’s bustling businesses are particularly susceptible to pest infestations.
No matter what business you run, customers count on you to provide a quality, reliable, pest-free experience that they can recommend to friends and family. From rodents living inside restaurant walls to cockroaches crawling around factories, businesses big and small are vulnerable to pest infestations. To run a successful business, you need to provide a safe place for employees and customers alike. Whether it’s flies breeding in the scum of your floor drains, or fleas spreading around your storage facility, all businesses can benefit from regular pest control services that are customized to fit their particular needs.
How To Tell If You Have A Pest Infestation
Signs of pest infestations differ according to the particular pests, but you can assume you have intruders if you discover the following:
- Pest droppings
- Signs of nesting
- Damaged plants & food sources
- Structural damage
- Pest tracks and markings
- Dead bugs Indoors
- Strange smells & sounds
- Gnaw marks & visible holes
Dangers Of Commercial Pest Infestations
Commercial pest infestation puts everyone in your establishment at risk for adverse health effects. Some pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects can bite and cause allergies or transmit diseases. These pests, along with rodents, termites, and cockroaches, tend to carry germs and pathogens that lead to surface contamination, food poisoning, and a host of bacterial diseases.
Not only are these pests a health threat, but they put your property at risk. When pests damage merchandise and compromise equipment, they’re eating away at your profits. Mosquitoes and ants build large, destructive nests and rodents gnaw through merchandise, possibly causing thousands of dollars in lost inventory and sales. Mice and rats can even get into electrical boxes, presenting an increased risk of fire and large-scale, irreversible property damage.
A pest infestation presents a huge threat to your quality of service as well as your overall reputation. One pest spotting can scare customers away from ever visiting your business again. In today’s age of social media, all it takes is a quick photo of some ants crawling around, one short clip of a hairy rodent, or one angry tweet of a cockroach to tear down your reputation.
What Can You Do?
The best way to prevent damage to your products, profits, and reputation and to provide a safe environment for your customers and employees is to prevent pests from entering your business in the first place.
To keep rodents out, maintain regular trash disposal and routine cleaning of your property. Fix broken pipes and repair any other leaky water sources. Don’t overwater plants. Repair holes or gaps in door and window screens and make sure you use weather stripping to close gaps between the doors and the door jambs. Pests are relentless and can squeeze through the tiniest of spaces. Additionally, pests in apartment buildings should be reported to the owners and managers of the building so appropriate action can be taken.
Even if you implement all of these prevention methods, it’s impossible to stop a full-scale commercial outbreak on your own. You need the resources and expertise of a highly qualified team of pest control specialists.
How We Can Help
The highly trained professionals at Romney Pest Control are knowledgeable about all the ins and outs of pest infestations. We use an integrated pest management plan to serve our valued clients in the Greater Houston area. From a thorough inspection and a customized treatment plan for elimination to ongoing monitoring and maintenance services to sustain a pest-free property, we’re here to help.
Not only do we offer a full range of pest control services, but we also provide education and prevention tips to all of our valued clients in the Greater Houston area. Call us today for a consultation and learn about our full range of pest control services. Let us help you rid your business of pests and keep them out for good.