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Three Benefits of Exclusion Practices

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Tired of pests breaking and entering into your business?

Do pests keep sneaking onto your property no matter what you do, even after you’ve put an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in place? With enough on your plate handling the day-to-day operations of your business, these frustrating pest break-ins only get in the way of the more important work you need to do.

But here’s the good news: exclusion practices can strengthen your defenses and help prevent pests from breaking and entering.

What is exclusion?

When it comes to keeping pests outside, exclusion is one of your best defenses. Exclusion is a proactive step you can take to help keep pests out and refers to techniques that include the repairing, sealing off and shutting down of any common entry points for pests around your facility.

Best practices in exclusion include an assessment of your property and then creating and implementing a plan to address potential problem areas. Some ways to address possible pest entry points include weather-resistant sealants, door sweeps, replacement parts and even air curtains. Working with a trained Orkin Pro will provide you with increased confidence that you have implemented the best level of defense against pest intruders.

Bottom Line: This line of defense has big benefits for you and your business.

The 3 Added Benefits of Exclusion

There’s no doubt that exclusion creates a win-win scenario for you and your business. Along with keeping pests outside where they belong, other benefits to implementing exclusion tactics around your property include:

  1. Reduced Chemical Use: Looking for a way to moderate the use of pesticides in your facility? Exclusion is considered a green practice because it prioritizes proactive, non-chemical solutions.

  2. Fewer Pest Problems and More Time Saved: One of the best things about exclusion is that you don’t have to wait for a problem to get started — as a preventive measure, exclusion helps you keep pests away before there’s a problem. For example: Tired of seeing overwintering pests like cluster flies and ladybugs at windows and light fixtures every fall, winter and spring? Get a leg up by sealing off entry points before the season arrives. Plus, you can begin exclusion right away as part of any IPM plan.

  3. Increased Energy Efficiency and Decreased Impact to Your Bottom Line: When inspecting your property, you’ll want to look at your business with a bug’s eye view. How might an insect, rodent or bird get in here? You’ll begin to notice cracks, holes and places in need of repair that you’ve never noticed before–hiding in plain sight. You’ll also notice things that may need to be replaced, like the crack in a ventilator cap that offers a perfect pest entry point.

As you are assessing your property, making your list and implementing these changes, you are effectively sealing off your business from pests. And in the meantime, you are also creating a facility that is better equipped to keep cool air or heat inside. Which means that your HVAC system will also get a break, and your monthly bills will reflect these savings.

The Takeaways of Exclusion

Exclusion techniques are a vital safeguard that can help keep you from reacting to pest problems with chemicals or other more costly treatments. By implementing these best practices around your facility, you’ll get:

  • A more energy-efficient business with a lower bottom line

  • A more environmentally-sound workplace with fewer chemicals

  • A better, holistic approach to pest control

To learn more about exclusion services and best practices that can benefit your business, download our free Exclusion Basics guidebook. If you’re feeling defeated by all the time and money going to these pest break-ins, remember that our well-trained Orkin Pros are here to walk you through exclusion techniques for your business. With over 120 years of experience in our corner, who is better to take that first walk around the property with you than Orkin?

As the gold standard in helping exclude pests from your business, schedule your free inspection with Orkin today.

Ready to implement exclusion tactics in your business? Work with one of our Orkin Pros to assess your property and offer solutions. Schedule your free audit today.


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