A recent survey by the National Pest Management Association indicates that ants are America’s #1 nuisance pest with carpenter ants being treated most often. That’s no surpise, but was is a surprise is that homeowners are not the only ones fighting this battle. According to the survey, ant infestations were commonly found in business settings such as office buildings, restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, schools and college dormitories.
Along with locating the source of the ants, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) continues to play an important role in ant pest control. Modern Pest Services offers the following IPM tips for business owners:
- remove vegetation (overhanging tree limbs, tree stumps plants, shrubs, etc.) that comes in contact with your business structure
- remove potential nest and satellite nest sites such as debris, boards, etc. around your business structure
- eliminate water leaks and sources of moisture or standing water
- make necessary mechanical alterations to prevent entry points
If not handled properly, pest problems can be a public relations nightmare for businesses, resulting in a damaged reputation, lost revenue, and, in extreme cases, litigation or closure. For home and business owners alike, early detection of pests is critical, but it’s only the beginning. As soon as pests are suspected, a thorough inspection should be made to determine the extent of the infestation and then a pest control follow up plan, including the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, should be discussed.
If you’re dealing with a pest infestation in your business, contact Modern at 1-800-323-7378 for a FREE inspection.