Pests in a commercial facility can be embarrassing. They can also cause you to fail sanitation audits, lose customers and they can become expensive to combat, especially if their numbers are allowed to get out of control. Most pests are simply a nuisance! But having them around is annoying and they give the look or feel of a dirty or unsanitary environment. Other pests are problematic in that they spread diseases or can physically harm people or a structure. One pest that commercial facilities in Portland and throughout our service area deal with are ants. Although most ants are only a nuisance, some can be more harmful, both to your facility and your reputation.
Ant prevention in a commercial facility is very important. Ants may contaminate your product; carpenter ants are known for entering the wood beams of your structure and hollowing it out to create their nests. The best thing to do to avoid a problem with ants is to prevent them in the first place. Here are some helpful commercial pest control tips to prevent ants from taking over your facility:
Keep your trash covered and stored away from the facility. Ants can be attracted to your trash cans and may find your facility through close proximity to stored trash.
Eliminate cracks around windows and doors and any cracks or crevices in the foundation. If ants can find a way in, they will become a problem for you.
Fix leaks immediately; gaps in the exterior that allow water in can attract ants as well as many other pests.
Beware of the landscaping around your facility. Mulch, shrubbery and low lying vegetation all make good harborage areas for ants and other pests. Reduce the vegetation around your structure and replace anything directly around the foundation with crushed stone or gravel.
Emphasize the importance of sanitation. Regular cleanings should happen throughout your facility to eliminate any crumbs or spills that may attract ants into your structure.
If you have ants in your commercial facility, the professionals at Sprague know how to get rid of ants. Our insect control programs focus on reducing the immediate problem. We also work to provide long term solutions that are designed to permanently change any conditions that may be attracting the pests to your property. We provide a wide range of insect control services for many different insects, including carpenter ants, pavement ants and many others. Give us a call today to learn more about our ant control services and to schedule your first appointment with the professionals at Sprague Pest Solutions.