Common Southern California Pests & What to Do About Them
Southern California is a pretty fantastic place to live. Here, we enjoy a nice mild climate rich with beauty, and as such, it comes as no surprise that so many people come here every year. Of course, humans aren’t the only type of being taking up residence in Southern California. At Express Facility Management, we offer a range of professional services for local commercial owners, including the removal and prevention of pests on properties. The following is a look at the most common pests Southern California commercial owners are plagued with and what pest control options can be done about them:
SoCal Pest Control 101: The Common Pests and What to Do About Them
- Fruit flies. Fruit flies are a frustrating yet highly common species of fly that can plague commercial kitchens, restaurants, and other food-related businesses and come in two types. There is the red-eyed version that is largely attracted to the fermenting odors of ripened vegetables and fruit and the dark-eyed version that is largely attracted to decayed organic material. Both are unsanitary and undesired pests and can be generally kept under control by routinely taking out trash, quickly cleaning any and all spills, and keeping a clean workplace.
- Cockroaches. German cockroaches are particularly notorious in Southern California and can be frustrating pests for any business owner to try and get rid of — and yet, having just one seen by your customers can have severe negative consequences regardless of the industry you’re in. Cockroaches are hardy creatures that can go a week without water and a month without food. They can be most readily found in dark, warm and humid spaces. The best way to prevent colonies from slipping into your property is to cut off all entry points, daily clean away any potential food sources, and drain away any standing water.
- Rats and mice. Rats have an incredibly fast reproduction cycle which means a small population left unchecked in your building’s roof can quickly become a dangerous colony with serious risks. While there are the more obvious health and sanitary risks, for commercial property owners, what rats can do to the building itself should be a foremost concern. Rats have a physiological need to chew and they are truly fantastic at it. These rodents will chew just about anything and that includes through your walls, wiring, and any and all types of inventory – food or otherwise. Like cockroaches, the best way to prevent their intrusion is to seal off entry points and keep food sources cleaned and locked up in pest-proof containers.
For Big Pest Problems, Call in Pest Control
Calling in pest control is simply a part of doing business in Southern California. Fruit flies, cockroaches, and rats are constantly trying to get into buildings where food and shelter is plentiful. The good news is that facility management companies such as ours have the tools and equipment to keep them on the outside and, should they ever get in, get them back out. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive pest control services.