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With a multitude of hard to reach spots, high ceilings and shelves, cafeterias, and restrooms, warehouses and other industrial facilities offer a variety of ideal locations for unwanted critters to set up shop. Pests present health, product, and structural damage concerns, so it is best to act on a pest problem in the warehouse as soon as you notice it.
Common Warehouse Pests
There are many pests that might invade your warehouse, but some are more common than others. They include:
- Clothes moths: These bugs damage furniture, textiles, and other fabrics within manufacturing facilities. The damage caused by clothes moths is often difficult to see at first, because they tend to eat through fabrics in inconspicuous places, such as under clothing collars and cuffs or furniture cushions.
- Cockroaches: One of the most common pests found in industrial facilities, cockroaches feed on a variety of substances, including book bindings, decaying and non-decaying organic material, and hair. Roaches are known to transmit disease and large groups can affect or cause upper respiratory issues. Cockroaches enter via cracks, drains, gaps, holes, and sewers.
- Rodents: The most common rodents found in warehouse buildings are mice and rats, neither of which you particularly want running around your building. Both carry bacteria and disease, making them a huge health hazard. Rodents also have a habit of burrowing to make nests and gnawing through obstructions, which can include both products and your actual building. These pests basically take money right out of your pocket, both in product replenishment costs and structural repairs. They're typically in search of food and shelter.
How Pests Affect Facilities
Different pests cause different amounts and types of damage and each one should be taken seriously. In cloth-manufacturing facilities, pests (usually bugs) eat materials, stain fabrics, or build nests within product. This can ruin the merchandise beyond use, delaying shipments and order fulfillment.
Others, especially rodents, damage the building itself, chewing through walls, wires, and pipes. Pest invasions also present serious health issues, as several species of insects and rodents are known to carry and transmit bacteria, germs, and diseases.
How Much Do Warehouse Pest Control Services Cost?
The cost of pest control services depends on the type of pest, extent of the problem, number of treatments you need, size of the property, and the company you hire. The following general pricing guide provides an idea of what you can expect to pay for warehouse pest control services.
- Ants are usually included in general pest treatments, but some have to be addressed separately due to the difficulty of eradicating them. Fire ant control has an average cost between $100 and $300, and carpenter ant control costs between $500 and $1,000.
- Fly control requires monthly treatments and has an average cost between $20 and $35 per month. Fly lights and misters have an additional cost between $55 and $295 each.
- General pest control typically includes treatment for most ant species, centipedes, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, millipedes, and spiders. The average cost is between $150 and $500 for a first-time treatment.
- An examination to determine what type of rodent problem you have, the damage they have done, points of entry, and set traps costs between $90 and $250. After this, most pest control services provide a detailed explanation of the damage and an estimate for cleanup and repairs, which can cost between $200 and $2,000.
Depending on the severity of your pest problem, multiple treatments may be needed. A professional exterminator will help you create a plan tailor-made to solve your pest invasion.
Why You Should Hire a Pro
There are multiple preventative measures you can take (consistent cleaning, maintenance, and monitoring) and chemicals you can buy to try and fix a pest problem on your own, but it is always better to hire a professional. Bait, chemicals, and traps all need to be handled by someone who has been trained in their use for them to be truly effective. A trained professional also knows how to use these products and techniques in a way that minimizes damage to the environment and people.
For the safety of your warehouse and employees, and the success of your pest control plan, always hire a professional exterminator. Once the treatment(s) has been completed, they even help you build a plan to keep the pests away.