Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, pests have always been an issue among all kinds of businesses. Whichever industry you are in, pests can affect how your business runs in one way or another. This pandemic just might have aggravated the problem. As offices, hotels, restaurants, and other business establishments have been left vacant for quite some time, and pests may have taken the opportunity to proliferate. In that case, you will need a serious pest control service before you can get your business up and running again.
But why is it so important to get a pest control service before you reopen, you ask? Here are three reasons:
Food Safety and Health Hazards
If your business handles food, pests would love to stay in your place. Food attracts a lot of pests, and it is inevitable that they will find their way inside. You will have to take the necessary steps to keep them away. As a food business, it must be your top priority to serve clean food to your customers. This means you have to keep your kitchen, storage, and dining areas in pristine condition. Especially now that consumers’ standards for cleanliness are at an all-time high due to the pandemic, you must make sure that pests have no place in your business.
Pests spread diseases that may contaminate the food you serve. Having pests in your restaurant may lead to customers getting sick. If that happens, you will be liable for all the damages, and it will not come cheap.
However, it’s not only through contaminating food that pests can pose a health hazard. Pests leave a lot of wastes everywhere they go, which brings many kinds of diseases. Bites are also common, especially from ants, cockroaches, and ticks, which can cause allergic reactions to people. Protect both your customers and staff by keeping your business pest-free.
Damaged Inventory and Property
It applies to all types of businesses. Pests not only spread diseases but damage their surroundings as well. If you have stocks of food or ingredients, for example, rats may gnaw on their packaging to eat what’s inside. And you know that once these are tampered with, they are considered spoiled. You will then have to throw everything that these rats have damaged, which means lost money.
Another example is when you have termites. These little bugs can cause serious damages to your building and affect its structural integrity, putting your whole business at risk. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on renovation, prevent this from happening by having pest control.
You can ruin a whole business’s reputation with a single post on social media. Photos and videos easily go viral. If a customer or even a by-stander snaps an unwanted photo from your business and posts it online, you’re going to have a hard time. Even before you can defend yourself, there will already be a negative impact on your public image, and it will be difficult to recover from it, especially for smaller businesses. The best way to avoid this is, of course, to remove the cause. Make sure that there are no visible traces of an infestation in your business. Protecting your public image is one of the most important things to keep your business alive.
The lack of human activity in businesses may have let pests grow in numbers and caused damages that you may not so easily notice. Pest control is necessary to make sure you can operate without having headaches in the future. After all, sanitizing your business’s premises will always do you good. Besides that, some techniques used for pest control could also kill the coronavirus, such as heat treatment.
Rocklin Pest Control offers everything you will need to make sure your business is safe to reopen again. Contact us regarding your infestation problems.
(Source: Restaurant Business Online)