Restart Your Pest Management Service with Confidence

As you reopen your business, there are several things you will want to consider when it comes to pest control—especially if you paused your pest management service during the pandemic. With lighter human foot traffic and, as a result, less access to food and water, certain pests may be more prevalent. Whether you’ve been fully shutdown, partially operating or continued business as usual without pest control services, our downloadable checklist can help as you reactivate your pest control service.

Pest Activity to Identify

No matter what kind of business you manage, pests may have found food, water and shelter to sustain themselves in or around your establishment during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend keeping the following considerations in mind:

  • Foodservice Establishments: With many restaurants closed or operating in a limited capacity, rodents, cockroaches and other nuisance pests have been searching for new food and water sources. Rodents in particular pose a public health risk and can threaten your bottom line, as they can spread diseases through their droppings and urine. Grease marks, gnaw marks and structural damage can be additional signs of rodent activity.

  • Hospitality and Lodging Businesses: Managers should keep an eye out for an uptick in bed bug issues, especially once guests start booking reservations again. Bed bugs may not be multiplying, but they may still be present—they can survive up to a year without feeding. And once you begin receiving guests again, they’ll have plenty of food sources and time to reproduce. Cast skins and ink-colored stains on mattress tags and seams, seat cushions or headboards mean you have bed bug activity that needs to be addressed.

  • Properties With Outdoor Facilities: Check for standing water that might have collected on your property or in malfunctioning water features, as this could lead to a mosquito problem. Other vector pests like ticks can also hide in overgrown vegetation or landscaping.

Property Areas to Check

  • Exterior: Conduct a thorough inspection of your building’s exterior, making sure to look for signs of overgrown trees or shrubbery that may be touching your building and offering an easy path for pests to get inside. Check for standing water and remove or drain it immediately. Fill any large cracks and crevices with caulk to prevent pests from sneaking in.

  • Waste Removal: Check all trash cans and dumpsters to determine whether they were emptied and sanitized prior to your business shutting down. If you discover any waste, bag and remove all trash immediately and arrange for trash pickup to avoid overflow issues.

  • Plumbing and Drains: Spot-check your plumbing to make sure there are no leaks or signs of pest activity near drains. Don’t forget to check your roof and air conditioning units for signs of excess moisture.

  • Kitchen and Break Areas: Use a flashlight to look for signs of cockroach and other pest activity. Inspect all equipment and check behind machinery for pest hiding spots.

  • Office Spaces: Have your employees check their desks, lockers and other personal storage areas for leftover food and signs of pest activity or damage.

In addition to following these tips, make sure your business is properly disinfected on a regular basis. Our VitalClean™ service uses a powerful, EPA-registered disinfectant to kill 100% of pathogens and bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces. Be sure to work with your provider to treat any pest issues and adjust your plan as needed.

Resources

More on General Pest Control

Is commercial bug spray safe for pregnant wife?

Q

Can she stay in the house while you spray? If not, how long must she be away?

What happens when the creepy critters make their way inside?

Q

Did you know that many of them can do real damage to your home?

3 Ways Ants Endeavor to Outsmart You

3 Tactics for Protecting Your Property from Spring Pests

All Hands on Deck: Training Your Maintenance Staff on Pest Prevention

4 Steps to Help Identify Ants at Your Business

The 5 Most Common Cockroaches in Commercial Environments

5 Reasons Summer is the Season for Pests

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bed Bugs

5 Ways to Prepare for Pest Intruders This Fall and Winter

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.

877-819-5097

Find a Branch

Our local technicians are the pest experts in your area.

Request a Free Audit

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your business.

Pest Control that gets the job done

INDUSTRIES

Food & Beverage ProcessingFoodserviceGovernmentHealthcareHospitalityLogisticsMultifamilyNon-Food ManufacturingOffice Property ManagementPharmaceutical

© 2021 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers