Warehouse Pest Control
As cavernous areas holding all manner of goods, warehouses are an easy target for common pests. Dark corners, nooks and crannies, under-shelf areas, and wide-open roofs can play host to everything from cockroaches to pigeons. And the cost of an unchecked pest infestation can be monumental; aside from damaging stock, unwanted warehouse pests can cause operational chaos and tear a company’s reputation to shreds. In this post, we outline which warehouse pests to look out for and what protocols you need to put in place.
Warehouses and factories can harbour a wide range of pests. The particular ones likely to infest your warehouse depends largely on what it is used for. Food processing centres, for instance, are much more likely to experience outbreaks of cockroaches, fruit flies, mealworms, and wasps due to the presence of large amounts of foodstuff from different areas. Factories dealing with textiles and fabrics, on the other hand, may see infestations of carpet beetles and moths. Regardless of what your warehouse is used for, these are some of the most common pests we’ve encountered and the damage they cause:
- Mice and rats – Rodents can inhabit small spaces within warehouses, making their way into air filtration systems or even stock. Aside from posing a serious health and safety risk through their droppings (especially in food-processing factories), they can gnaw through electrical cables and cause delays to operations.
- Cockroaches – Warehouses are in some ways the perfect environment for cockroaches. They thrive in common warehouse materials like cardboard and wood, and can multiply rapidly in unchecked corners. The biggest risk from cockroaches is infection from disease – E.Coli is just one type of bacteria transmitted by them. Not what you want in an outgoing order to a client.
- Pigeons – They might not be the pest you first think of, but they can cause a lot of damage in warehouses and factories. Perched high above in the roof or on beams, pigeons leave droppings that carry harmful pathogens.
Warehouse Pest Control Checklist
To make sure that your warehouse doesn’t fall foul to the effects of a pest infestation, consider these measures.
Despite warehouses and factories being large areas, it’s important to know every possible access point to potential pests. For any warehouses dealing with food products, there should be an ante-room where a strict hygiene protocol takes place for employees. In terms of entries to the warehouse, consider installing self-closing doors and air curtains to minimise the risk of any pests following staff inside.
Integrate a check for pests alongside your regular cleaning schedule. This includes monitoring areas that are commonly overlooked in the day-to-day running of the business – behind/underneath racks, disused storerooms, neglected corners etc. The more thorough you are, the less likely an infestation is to occur.
If you do uncover (or suspect) an infestation during a regular check, then you should contact a professional pest controller as soon as possible. Using the expertise and experience of a pest controller will ensure that any damage to your business is limited – both in terms of operations and reputation.
A pest breakout in your warehouse can bring your business to a standstill. Whether they cause damage to your stock or the building itself, pests can end up losing you a lot of money. To prevent this from happening, make sure you have measures in place to prevent pests from entering the premises in the first place, and employ the services of a pest controller as soon as you suspect a potential outbreak.
Working in London and around the South East, Inoculand is keeping factories and warehouses operational with effective pest control services. If you’re looking for a reliable, efficient pest controller for your warehouse or factory, get in contact to see how we can help.