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April is National Pest Management Month (NPMM), an annual observance recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events highlighting the vital role pest control plays in protecting public health, food and property from the threats posed by pests. This month, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is reminding commercial facility managers of the importance of working with a licensed pest control professional to continually prevent pest infestations and resolve issues when they arise.

“Pest control professionals are integral to the success of commercial businesses, playing a vital role in protecting property, the health and safety of employees and customers as well as food supply,” says Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of Public Affairs for NPMA. “A reliable pest control partner can help facility managers develop an effective strategy for year-round pest prevention.”

In commercial facilities, a pest control partner will often implement an integrated pest management plan. An IPM plan is a comprehensive pest control method that that focuses on three basic techniques: inspection, identification and treatment by a pest control professional. This method will help ensure pests are properly controlled and deterred in a commercial business setting.

To aid businesses in deterring pests from entering their facility ahead of peak pest season, the NPMA also recommends the following prevention tips:

  • Conduct regular inspections of the building, paying close attention to any dark or damp areas as these are particularly attractive to pests. Also, be on the lookout for signs of various infestations, including droppings, gnaw marks, nests, debris and actual pests themselves
  • Properly store or dispose of empty containers, as these can serve as harborage sites for pests
  • Ensure there is no condensation buildup on any equipment or appliances that could accumulate moisture and attract pests
  • When unpacking new inventory or receiving shipments, carefully inspect all items and packaging for any signs of damage
  • Seal any cracks or gaps on the exterior of the building, paying close attention to areas where pipes and utilities enter
  • Ensure gutters are free of debris and be sure to direct water away from the building through properly functioning downspouts to prevent water collection
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair any screens to prevent pests from gaining entry
  • Ensure the grounds surrounding the facility are properly maintained, as overgrown vegetation can attract pests to the property
  • Install a gravel perimeter around the building to help discourage vegetation growth that could harbor pests
  • Ensure any dumpsters on-site have a close-able lid and are located as far away from the building as possible

For additional pest control tips from the NPMA, click here