Commercial Pest Management Services for Industrial Facilities

How Waltham Pest Services Can You Help You

Since our founding in 1893, Waltham Pest Services has been a leader in providing service to industrial facilities. Our services have been used by manufacturers of:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Hi-tech, heavy, and specialized machinery
  • Instruments of all types
  • Paper
  • Tanned goods
  • Sporting goods

From small one-room operations to large, multi-building industrial campuses requiring an indoor-outdoor service schedule of activities, we are adept at tailoring the amount and scope of our service to your needs. Request a free inspection or to locate your local Waltham Pest Services branch.

Challenges Faced

Industrial facilities, such as factories, warehouses, and storage buildings, are filled with hard-to-reach spaces, multiple tiers of shelving, high ceilings, outdoor areas, food preparation areas or cafeterias, and restrooms, which all provide various pests with ideal places to live, feed, and reproduce. Companies invest huge sums in manufacturing and the elimination of potential hazards caused by pest infestations remains critical to profits, worker health, and consumer satisfaction.

The majority of infestations involve insects (cockroaches, moths, and flies) and rodents (mice and rats). To a lesser degree, birds and bats may also become pests in industrial facilities.

Most pest outbreaks can be avoided with proper sanitation, cleanliness, and the monitoring of all areas within the building. While these attempts at exclusion are often beneficial, pest infestations may still occur despite the preventative efforts. Large infestations pose threats to products and merchandise, property, and the health and safety of workers.


Effects of Infestation

Various pests cause different types of damage across a variety of industrial facilities. In clothing and furniture manufacturing facilities, pests create problems by eating textiles, staining fabrics, and nesting in products or using the materials for other essential purposes. For instance, clothes moth larvae actually eat fabrics and materials in order to pupate and reach maturity. Product may be ruined beyond repair when the pests feed on furniture, clothing, and other textiles.

Attracted to the warmth and potential shelter provided by electronic equipment, cockroaches may short-circuit telephones, computers, and other electronics by harboring in large numbers within the devices. Mice and rats may also cause electrical issues, including fires, with their constant gnawing and chewing on wiring and circuits.

In addition to damaging products and equipment, many common pests create health risks for humans. Rodents, for example, are known carriers of various disease-causing organisms and may spread the pathogens throughout infested facilities. Additionally, workers often share food preparation areas, such as break rooms and communal kitchens, which are common sites for pest infestations and contribute to the spread of disease.

Widespread sickness causes companies to lose money as production suffers. Finally, the presence of vermin and other pests may lead to government shutdowns, as infested industrial facilities may be deemed too unsanitary for work.

Common Industrial Facilities Pests

Cockroaches - Typically flat and reddish-brown, cockroaches are one of the most commonly occurring pests in industrial facilities. The insects affect a variety of different industries, including electronics, textiles, and furniture manufacturing. Cockroaches search for and feed on various food supplies, including any organic matter, book bindings, hair, and decaying organic material.

The pests are known vectors of various disease-causing pathogens. Cockroaches leave fecal matter and other bodily fluids on surfaces that humans come into contact with, which may lead to the contraction of dysentery, cholera, and even typhoid fever. Similarly, their shed skin casings may cause allergic reactions.

The insects also produce odorous secretions that leave stains on materials and surfaces. Cockroaches may infest buildings through various entry points, including foundation cracks and holes, drains and sewers, and gaps in insulation and around pipes and vents.

Rodents - Including both mice and rats, rodents present multiple challenges for industrial facilities. Mice and rats feed on a variety of foodstuffs and consume large amounts of materials. Both types of rodents also possess a penchant for gnawing and burrowing, which, in addition to causing structural damage, may lead to fires when the pests chew through insulation and wiring.

Rodents sometimes use fabric from furniture and clothing to build nests. The destructive pests vector many diseases, including salmonella, which causes food poisoning, and both murine typhus and leptospirosis, which result in fevers, muscle pain, and the possibility of contracting meningitis.

Clothes Moths - Clothes moths cause widespread damage to textiles, furniture, and other fabrics produced at manufacturing facilities. The most common species is the webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella), which is generally gold in color, tends to prefer darkness, and hides in cracks and crevices of well-lit areas.

Damaged fabrics are the result of the larval stage of moth development. In addition, the damage may be difficult to spot, as the webbing clothes moth typically destroys fabrics and upholstery in inconspicuous places, such as under cushions in furniture or beneath the collars and cuffs of clothing.

Why In-House Pest Control Doesn't Work

While consistent cleaning, monitoring, and the removal or modification of all high-risk areas provide a certain degree of control, most of these in-house methods offer cosmetic protection at best. Once pest infestations begin, initial measures may keep further invasions from occurring with repetition. Other methods, such as excluding potentially infested objects, may work in the short-term; however, depending on how long the pest has been present, further infestations may continue to occur.

The use of chemicals, traps, and fumigants may prove beneficial for short-term pest control. However, traps and baits take time to implement, maintain, and need replaced continually until all pests are removed. Fumigation and chemical treatments, when not properly utilized, may lead to sickness, damage to product, and worker discomfort.

Additionally, larger infestations often require greater numbers of chemical treatments in order to ensure success. Most large-scale treatment plans require extensive knowledge of the product, an intimate understanding of the pests, and even cost-incurring considerations, such as making the decision to close the facility temporarily during the chemical application process.

How Pest Control Professionals Can Help

Individuals trained and certified in pest control regularly employ integrated pest management, or IPM. Most IPM plans utilize multiple approaches to successfully remove entire populations. Pest professionals develop IPM plans in order to manage active pest infestations and prevent further pest outbreaks by checking back at regular intervals.

Furthermore, pest control specialists receive specialized training and certifications, including an understanding of proper chemical use and application techniques/safety, in order to perform various methods of removal and extermination. Pest management professionals thus ensure the safety of factory employees, products, and property.

Waltham Pest Services

Our service plan includes:

  • Integration of industrial good practices and OSHA requirements
  • Clear documentation for you and for outside inspectors
  • Historic records of each service in your on-site log book
  • Trending information of pest activity
  • Relevant pest information to help you make physical plant decisions
  • In-service pest prevention and exclusion training for your personnel
  • Our staff attendance at required safety and health training meetings
  • State of the art information technology

Our people will attend required plant safety and health training. Our expert technical support can customize in-service training for your personell featuring pest prevention and exclusion.


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