Insects, rodents and other pests can prove to be more than a nuisance for commercial properties. Left unchecked they can lead to liability issues and even lead to regulatory violations that result in steep fines. In time some pests can even cause severe structural damage, leading to costly repairs.
Building Services Inc. includes pest control, prevention, and extermination in our vast menu of commercial property services. We use the latest techniques to eliminate common pests from your property, and keep them from coming back.
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Commercial properties and office buildings can be very inviting for a wide range of pests. Floor drains, ductwork, and storage areas can sometimes harbor insects and rodents that go unnoticed. They are drawn to properties in search of food, shelter, and a convenient place to breed. Consistent sanitation measures help to make your property less appealing to insect and animal pests.
An effective pest control strategy has many facets. The process starts with a comprehensive exterior and interior assessment. Highly trained professional inspectors will assess your property for any active pest issues as well as areas that may be vulnerable to future pest problems.
If our inspectors find an active problem, we will explain your options. This might include our professional extermination services, and making repairs to vulnerable areas, as well as implementing pest prevention measures.
There are over 700 types of ant species in North America alone. As social insects, they develop colonies, and some ants even have a caste system. As time goes on an untreated colony can grow very large, potentially damaging the structure of a building, floor, or surrounding landscape features and have several different types or castes of individuals. Each caste has a different function or job in the colony.
The first step in an effective ant control strategy is to identify the specific ant species. Some ants such as Pharaoh ants can be controlled with specially formulated baits. Yet there are some ant species that avoid bait traps. It’s also not unheard of for there to be more than one type of ant species infesting an area.
Achieving total ant elimination usually requires following them back to their colony. Once each colony has been identified, we can work to eliminate it with baiting, pesticide sprays or other professional measures at our disposal.
Many types of ants will invade human spaces in search of food. Maintaining a consistently clean space with empty wastebaskets and clean floors will go a long way toward preventing future ant problems. Fortunately, our sanitation specialists are well-versed in this area, and our affordable services can help keep ants out of your property.
Cockroaches exist all around the world. They are particularly attracted to human homes, buildings, and eating establishments where they can find food. Cockroaches also have a long history of being very effective hitchhikers.
They can find their way into a building in a variety of ways. The two most common are by following water pipes or carried inside of boxes. They tend to prefer wood surfaces, which makes them more likely to be found inside cabinets and boxes.
Several types of cockroach, including the relatively common German cockroach, have pheromones in their fecal matter. This signals other cockroaches in the area telling them that it is good to inhabit. While this might sound disgusting, it also means that effective sanitation measures can be a very effective deterrent.
Baiting stations help to kill and deter a cockroach problem. When combined with consistent sanitation measures, it can help decrease an active cockroach population.
Vacuuming might be necessary to reduce a more significant cockroach problem. This strategy is often used in conjunction with other measures such as crack and crevice treatments, baiting stations, and void treatments.
It’s estimated that there are 35,000 different species of spider inhabiting North America. Some are relatively innocuous and might even help by catching other nuisance insects. However, there are some spiders that serve little beneficial purpose. Some are disturbing in appearance, and a fair number of them bite.
Widow spiders and the brown recluse spiders, which inhabit certain parts of the United States are even known to be venomous.
This tends to make spiders unwelcome in homes and commercial properties. The remediation strategy that we recommend will be tailored to the type and severity of your spider problem. This includes developing a comprehensive understanding of the micro-habitats they inhabit on the property.
Common Places Spiders Live Can Include:
- Exterior woodpiles
- Overgrown bushes
- Disused indoor storage areas
- The void in hollow blocks
Removing spiders and consistently cleaning these areas can help keep your building’s spider population low. In the case of a widow or brown recluse spider infestation, we might recommend vacuuming them or spraying them with a contact aerosol like CB 80 or Zenprox.
After remediating the spider problem, Building Service’s sanitation technicians can keep these areas clean and free of future spider problems. Not only will this maintain the spider population, but it will also help to reduce the presence of the insects that attract spiders as a food source.
Chances are you’ve heard the old saying “Goodnight, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite.” While it sounds cute and there’s even this suggestion that bed bugs are from a bye-gone era, they are alive and well in the 21st century. They get their name from the fact that they are typically found in old bedding and mattresses. Yet this is not the only place where they can be found!
Bed bugs or Cimex Lectularius require the blood of warm-blooded animals, specifically mammals, to survive. They’re attracted to body heat as well as the carbon dioxide from exhaled breath.
It generally takes them about 35 days to mature in an affected medium. They can live for around 7 to 12 months. This makes them very difficult to remove without professional help.
A bed bug bite is typically painless. A single feeding session takes about 10-minutes. This makes it more likely to occur when a person is sleeping. Afterward, they go back to their harborage, where they can lay in wait for weeks!
Typical symptoms of bed bug bite include:
- Red, raised welts
- Burning and itching sensation in the area of a bite
- A small rash
- Straight red lines caused by multiple bites
Bed bugs are surprisingly mobile. It’s not that they crawl from one building to another. Instead they “Hitchhike” in a person’s suitcase or luggage. This puts resorts and hotel properties at high risk of developing multiple bed bug problems in the course of a year. However, movie theater seats, and even fabric seating that is commonly used vehicles like a shuttle bus, can play host to a bed bug infestation.
Some potential signs of a bed bug problem include looking evidence under a mattress such as:
- Exoskeletal skins or shells
- Bed bug fecal stains on a mattress or bedding
- Tiny bloodstains sheets or pajamas
Remediating bed bugs isn’t easy. They can affect anywhere that humans or animals rest, sleep, or even sit. Once an area has been affected, professional remediation by a licensed contractor is required.
There are several different ways to treat a building’s termite problem depending on the type of termite and severity of the problem
Termite Baiting Stations – can be strategically installed to target subterranean termites. This helps eliminate an existing termite problem, while also preventing them from returning.
Liquid Treatments – essentially create a perimeter that serves to eliminate subterranean termite colonies while also preventing future invasions.
Fumigation Treatment – is also known as “Tenting.” It’s a comprehensive process that is more commonly used to address dry wood termite problems.
Even if your property wasn’t built with termite preventive measures in place, there are still many things that can be done to reduce your chances of developing a termite problem This starts with reducing the contact between the wood of the building and the surrounding soil.
Removing plants, lumber, wood, cellulose mulch, and paper from around the building’s foundation will essentially cut off termite access routes. This includes creating a 4” barrier between the building and any organic mulch. Ideally, you want to have only the concrete foundation touching the soil, and any wood siding should be at least 6-inches between any wood siding and the underlying soil.
You should also keep in mind that plants can serve as an active highway for termites. It’s best to prune back any landscaping plants in the early spring to ensure that they are not touching the building.
Any water leaks or moisture issues near the building’s foundation also need to be addressed. Something as simple as a slow-moving storm drain, gutter leak, or sprinklers that contact the building can increase soil moisture levels which can be attractive to subterranean termites.
Termites tend to swarm in the spring and early summer as the soil temperature warms. Turning off exterior lights or relocating lights to recessed areas away from doors and windows will reduce the light that tends to attract swarming insects like termites.
Raccoons, Possums, Squirrels, And Other Wildlife
A commercial property with natural spaces nearby can be very appealing. There is a certain aesthetic quality to green spaces, nearby water, and pleasant views of nature. Of course, many of these natural spaces are also home to wildlife.
Certain animals like raccoons, possums, squirrels, and even deer will be attracted to natural spaces that are near human properties, due to the relatively abundant source of food. Commercial properties are especially at risk from scavengers like raccoons and possums, who are drawn to refuse containers.
In many of these cases, trapping can help reduce the overall population. From that point on, consistent sanitation practices and refuse security protocols will help make your commercial less attractive to scavenger animals. This includes things like frequently emptying exterior wastebaskets into secured dumpsters, as well as removing waste items from the nearby parking area.
Mouse, Rat And Rodent Control
Mice, rats, and many other common rodents are attracted to human spaces in search of food. This includes wastebaskets and trash cans, as well as cupboards where food is stored. They are very flexible animals, capable of exploiting even small cracks and unsealed spaces where pipes pass through walls.
Other potential rodent entry points include:
- Vents on attics, turbines or gables
- Roof returns
- Roof plumbing vents
- Fascia gaps between exterior walls and roofing
- Dryer vents
- Oven vents
- Foundation grates
- Garage door opening
- Service door seals
Rodents are highly successful breeders. Statistically, a female mouse or rat can reproduce every three to four weeks. They typically give birth to 6 to 10 young at a single time. This essentially means that rodent populations can grow very rapidly and spread to multiple colonies throughout a property.
It’s also worth noting that in ideal conditions rodents can live for one to three years. The mathematics on the potential population growth in that time can be staggering!
Once rodents establish a presence in your property, they have the potential to cause extensive damage. This includes:
- Chewing through wires
- Damaging drywall
- Damaging and nesting insulation
- Increasing fire risk
- Leaving disease spreading droppings and urine behind
- Making disturbing noises
- Causing foul odors
- Dying in walls
- Damaging personal property
- Contaminating stored food
- Compromising refuse containers
Our rodent control services start with a comprehensive examination of the exterior and interior of your property. This serves to assess the severity of your rodent problem, as well as identify areas where they are gaining access, to be addressed.
There are several methods for reducing the rodent population in an infested building. Manufacturers have indeed spent many years “Inventing A Better Mouse Trap.” This includes things like:
- Electric mouse traps
- Physical “Snap” traps
- Plastic, enclosed snap traps
- Catch and release mouse traps
- Ultrasonic pest control deterrents
- Poison traps
- Glue traps
Once the rodent population on your property has been reduced, and all potential entry points have been addressed, our sanitation services can help make your property less attractive to rodents. This includes frequently emptying refuse containers in cafeterias, offices, and other eating places.
Our sanitation technicians will also closely monitor your property for any signs of a new rodent problem. If we do notice evidence that mice of rats have established a presence, we can act quickly to address them and prevent the population from growing.