Preventing a Pest Infestation in Your Manufacturing Facility
If you operate a manufacturing facility, especially if you operate a food manufacturing or processing facility, then preventing pest infestation should be at the top of your list of operating priorities. Bugs, rodents, and other pests can get into your operating equipment and have devastating impacts on your product. When these pests leave droppings or gather nesting materials, they can also negatively affect your facility’s air quality and thereby the health and wellness of your employees. Some pests, like rats and mice, can even impact the structural integrity of the building itself. So, long story short, when it comes to pests, preventing pest infestation is a thousandfold better than reacting to an entrenched infestation. And here’s how you do that:
Preventing Pest Infestation in Your Manufacturing Facility
- Find the access points. Pests cannot infest your facility if they cannot gain access to the interior. Thus, at least once a year but preferably once a season, you should have a professional team go throughout your facility to inspect for any and all potential pest entry points. Roofs tend to be one of the most troubling and yet too often overlooked problem areas. It’s atop roofs where air handling systems can suck in bugs and send them to the various parts of your facility. Floor drains are another common yet overlooked entry source as it’s through these that drain flies and cockroaches can commonly enter a space. All of these access points, once found, should be sealed for preventing pest infestation.
- Maintain the building. An inspection of your building shouldn’t just be about finding the most common entry points. Just as important is ensuring the building itself is in good condition, as an older construction is likely to be deteriorating in places and have problem areas that are hard to visually detect. For example, deteriorating concrete often cracks and leaves spaces for insects to travel through. Other types of constructions will require specialized attention for preventing pest infestation simply due to their design. For example, many manufacturing facilities will have a flat roof, but if those flat roofs aren’t well maintained and don’t have a proper drainage system, then they tend to pool and collect water. Pooled water is prime habitat for many insects and offers a water source for other types of pests.
- Ask about perimeter protection. Finally, while the above steps are critical for preventing pest infestation, they should always be done in tandem with professionally applied perimeter sprays or similar products. A perimeter spray will go a long way towards deterring key types of pests like cockroaches and ants from ever making their way towards your commercial or industrial construction.
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Are you tired of applying pest prevention products that don’t work? Then it’s time to get the professionals involved to rid of your existing pests and to put the measures in place for preventing pest infestation from occurring in the future. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your appointment.