Retail Pest Control

Commercial Pest Management Services for the Retail Industry

For most industries, common invading pests such as insects, rodents, and even birds can cause problems that disrupt business operations and tarnish the brand images of companies. In the retail industry, store owners and operators must continually remain on the offensive while protecting goods, employees, and consumers from problems caused by pests.

Frequent deliveries from suppliers and a steady stream of arriving and departing patrons provide ideal opportunities for many pests to simply hitch a ride into shops and warehouses, where serious damage may ensue. Though pest species may initially invade in small numbers, many common New England pests reproduce quickly once a source of food and water is established. This makes pest problems grow exponentially and cause sometimes- irreparable economic and physical damage.

How Waltham Pest Services Can You Help You

In the retail business, first impressions count. Any pest problem will skew your customers view of the store. We can assure consistency through our pest management service practices. We will maintain a pest control logbook with records of pest activity, pesticide use, and in-store conditions.

Deliveries, customers and food are all instances where infestations can start. Our pest control plan for retail establishments is customized for each store’s needs. Keep your customers and staff safe, and don’t wait until you have a pest problem. Request a free inspection or to locate your local Waltham Pest Services branch.


How Pests Affect the Retail Industry

Ranging from generally harmless to highly destructive, many different types of insects and vertebrate pests regularly invade retail outlets to find shelter, food sources, or to breed. Most common pests come in contact with business owners in the retail industry at some point or another.

When infestations persist, retailers may fail health and safety inspections, which in turn may lead to fines and store closings in extreme cases. Pests may also damage merchandise, leave noticeable waste trails, and are visually unappealing when seen by customers.

From big-box stores to small businesses, New England retailers face the real possibility of pest infestations. With more and more types of stores selling food items to create a one-stop shopping experience, the likelihood of attracting a pest infestation increases further.

Many shops have multiple points of entry, where the frequent opening of doors provides easy access for invading pests that can damage goods, display areas, and equipment. Stores showing visible effects of infestation may lose business due to public perceptions of cleanliness and the possibility for the spread of diseases commonly carried by pests.

Common Retail Industry Pests

Cockroaches - One of the most common pests in the retail industry is the cockroach. In New England, both the German cockroach and the American cockroach are highly common, with the German cockroach being more prevalent. Cockroaches feed on a variety of items, including:

  • Almost anything organic
  • Decaying matter
  • Fabrics
  • Paper products
  • Stored food

As the insects frequently come into contact with human and animal waste, cockroaches are known carriers of numerous bacterial and fungal disease causing pathogens. Cockroaches also leave waste trails and may stain products within a store, and the particles left behind may also aggravate the allergies of customers.

Flies - Mostly a nuisance pest, the common house fly, or Musca domestica, ranks among the insects most commonly associated with people. Still, as flies interact and feed on waste materials, the possibility of spreading infectious diseases and bacteria persists. The fly is a common pest in the retail industry due to the large populations of the insects, coupled with typically easy access into retail outlets because of multiple entrances and constantly opening doors.

In order to limit the presence of flies, retailers must put sanitation at the forefront of daily tasks. Proper cleaning, disposal of trash and rotten merchandise, and, when necessary, placement of sticky traps utilizing non-toxic chemicals typically limits or prevents fly infestations. Flies reproduce rapidly and repeatedly in a single life cycle, which only becomes exacerbated in dirty environments, so maintaining store cleanliness proves absolutely necessary.

Rodents - Rats and mice remain a common sight in areas of high population density, as rodents are attracted to human domiciles and businesses, which provide easily accessible sources of food, nesting areas, and shelter. Once an infestation is established, eliminating invasive rodents proves difficult for retailers, as both rats and mice reproduce quickly.

With the ability to carry diseases and a propensity for destructively chewing and gnawing on all sorts of materials, rats and mice prove troublesome for even the most prepared retail business owner. Rodents also remain taboo to shoppers, as most customers shy away from businesses with noticeable or reported mice or rat infestations. Consumers who notice droppings, stains on merchandise from the oils in the fur of the animal, or the visual presence of mouse/rat traps may lose interest in shopping and easily persuade others from frequenting the offending establishment, especially with the reach and popularity of today's social media.

Ants - Another nuisance pest, ants may prove detrimental to the retail industry in other ways. Some species, such as carpenter ants, may damage both fabrics and wood, leading to issues with merchandise and even the physical structure of the store.

Though not a native to the New England region, invasive species such as fire ants may sting or bite consumers. Trails/lines of ants marching through or congregating in areas of retail stores may lead customers to make negative assumptions about potential cleanliness and sanitation issues. In rare cases, some ants, such as the pharaoh ant, may transmit diseases through contact with food.

Why In-House Pest Control Doesn't Work

Retailers often prefer to handle infestations internally and may try different methods in order to eradicate pests. However, each type of pest typically must be handled in species-specific ways. Using traps, lures, and other chemical controls may provide varying results depending on the extent of the infestation. In addition, consumers spotting evidence of such methods may refrain from shopping at the store in the future.

How Pest Professionals Can Help

Retail pest control specialists possess the resources and knowledge to eliminate pervasive infestations. Additionally, a professional team can offer insights and solutions that best fit the needs of each individual business to prevent, limit, and eradicate future infestations.

Using integrated pest management programs, or IPMs, in order to best serve customers in the long term, retail pest control professionals may then check in at regular intervals to ensure prolonged, successful pest removal. In order to maintain stringent standards from health inspectors and to keep retail locations safe for customers, contact a trained, experienced retail commercial pest control service.

Why Waltham?

With over 120 years of varied experience, Waltham Pest Services is committed to providing superior commercial pest management services for the retail industry.

  • Consistent pest management practices that prevent irreparable damage to goods, employees, and consumers .
  • Professional team of specialists who can offer individual insights and solutions to prevent, limit, and eradicate future infestations.
  • Experience treating various pest problems including common retail industry pests such as rodents, cockroaches, flies, and ants .

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