Due to their nature, factories and warehouses provide a uniquely attractive environment for a variety of different pests. Even the cleanest industrial facility can attract birds, rodents, and insects. Once pests are in a facility, they can wreak havoc and cause enormous damage.
Problems With Pests
Pests infestations can cause serious problems for any business. Factories, warehouses, and storage facilities all provide pests with shelter and a safe haven from predators. What’s more, it’s easy for rodents, insects, and even birds to remain out of sight and unnoticed once they have gained entry, For these reasons, even the cleanest industrial facilities can experience severe pest outbreaks. If businesses don’t handle these infestations promptly, they will fester and soon devolve into something much worse.
There are myriad problems that a pest infestation can cause in an industrial facility. Not only are pests a general health hazard, carrying and transmitting diseases, but they can also cause damage to property and goods. Any industrial facility that stores or handles food needs to be extra careful and vigilant of pest outbreaks. In one incident in Afghanistan, a serving NATO soldier ended up dying of weil’s disease contracted by drinking from a can contaminated with rat urine.
There have even been confirmed cases of rats and mice starting fires in industrial facilities by chewing through electrical wires and cabling. Needless to say, this presents a serious risk to the health of your workers and your facility as a whole.
Any pest infestation can threaten the safety and wellbeing of your workers, goods, and facility if left untreated. If you suspect a pest infestation in a facility you operate, you need to call in a professional pest control expert immediately.
Common Pests In Industrial Facilities
The type of pests you are likely to find in an industrial facility will depend on the specific nature of the facility. Any industrial building that stores food needs to be extra vigilant; rodents and insects will seek out any exposed food, potentially causing serious contamination or damage. If pests manage to gain access to any food you are storing, you will have to write off the stock. A single mouse has the potential to cause tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage. Regularly rotating stored food will help to prevent a pest infestation from taking hold.
Rodents are a common problem in warehouses, whether there’s food there or not. Mice can get by on just crumbs; they don’t need access to significant food stores to be able to survive. Most industrial facilities offer them numerous entry points for mice and rats. Rats are larger and find it harder to squeeze through gaps under shutters and doors, but mice are much more flexible in this regard. Once they have gained access to your facility, they can damage goods by chewing on them, contaminate them with urine and faeces, and expose your staff to a range of diseases.
Cavernous warehouses also provide plenty of places for birds to perch or roost. Their droppings can spread diseases, while they often carry ticks and mites that quickly spread to people.
Protecting Your Industrial Facilities From Pests
When it comes to pest infestations in your business, the best offence is a good defence. Don’t wait for a pest infestation to manifest before you start taking steps to reduce or prevent their presence.
For industrial businesses, a tailor-made approach is required. Industrial facilities can vary dramatically from one another in terms of their layout, their purpose, and the type of goods that they handle. There is no catch-all solution that every factory and warehouse can put into play.
Bon Accord’s pest control experts have experience working with numerous industrial and commercial facilities in a range of sectors. We have handled pest infestations in every kind of factory and warehouse you could possibly imagine. This experience gives us the edge when advising clients on how to pest-proof their own facilities; we know what works and what doesn’t.
If you are already battling a pest infestation, our pest control technicians are the most surefire way of ridding yourself of the problem. We can come in on a one-off basis to eliminate a budding infestation, or you can hire us to perform a regular assessment of your facility. We will inspect traps and bait regularly and replace them when appropriate.
If you want to be certain that your industrial facility remains free of pests, contact Bon Accord today to discuss how we can help you. We guarantee to keep your business, staff, and property safe from any pest problem.