If your establishment was closed off during the pandemic, chances are you’ll need to implement pest control measures for re-opening your business when the time comes. The lockdown in your location might have lasted for several months, leaving your business also untouched for a long period.
Due to the lack of activity, it’s possible that your business may have seen swarms of pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes, termites, or even rodents.
Keeping all of the above in mind, you should put the safety of your staff and your customers when you start reopening your business. Do this by implementing social distancing, sanitizing high-touch surfaces, hiring a professional pest control service, and the like.
At first, social distancing might not really seem to be related to pest control, but if you think about it, it does play a part. For example, when a group of people is simply situated in one area, other uninhabited areas in a building can attract pests due to the lack of activity. Whereas with social distancing, people will be spaced out from one another, leading to more areas where pests won’t likely find shelter in.
Implementing social distancing can be done in a number of ways for your establishment. If you’re working with limited space, it’s best that you operate your business at a limited capacity. Only a few customers at a time can enter the area, thereby minimizing instances of crowding.
Another thing that you can do is to put floor markers in strategic locations around the building. These will encourage people to avoid queuing closely with one another. More than just that, the markers can also be used for mandating your customers to follow a one-way traffic scheme so they won’t make physical contact with other customers.
Combined with social distancing, you should also consider the high-touch zones of your building, like handrails, doorknobs, tables, chairs, kitchen spaces, equipment, air conditioning units, light switches, and the like. Once you’ve identified all of these, you’d need to focus on sanitizing them properly.
When your establishment was closed off during the lockdown period, these surfaces may have been home to pests. Sanitizing these surfaces can limit the chances of anyone contracting any pest-borne diseases.
During cleaning, use durable gloves that won’t easily tear apart or break. You can use a solution of mild soap or detergent for wiping down these surfaces. Spray them with a disinfectant or an isopropyl alcohol solution. This should be repeated daily before you resume operations.
Your staff and customers should also understand the need to keep themselves sanitized when entering your building. See to it that you’re also promoting proper handwashing and sanitation by placing an alcohol dispenser at the entrance.
If you’re running a restaurant, each table should have enough tissues for use. You may even add a small alcohol spray bottle and provide each customer with plastic bags for disposing of used facemasks, face shields, and the like.
There’s only so much you can do to make sure that pests don’t affect the way you run your business. For this reason, it’s still best to enlist the services of a professional pest control company that can conduct thorough inspections, identify infestations, and undergo exterminations when necessary.
Pest control services like Topbest Pest Services Inc, have the expertise and the right equipment and materials for disinfecting your business. More than just eliminating pests, they can also offer you suggestions and advice on how you can take care of your building better and prevent pests from affecting its quality.
If you haven’t yet, you should install proper ventilation to make sure that humidity levels are regulated and are kept low. Several pests thrive in moisture like cockroaches, centipedes, lice, or even termites. These pests can feed on any perishable good stored in your facility, which can be costly to remove.
Invest in exhaust systems that can lower moisture in different parts of your facility. These systems can also aid in regulating temperature and reducing odors, especially if there’s a kitchen in your building.
Listed above are some of the most effective pest control measures for re-opening your business. All of them are essential in keeping not only pests away from the establishment, but also ensuring that your staff and customers stay safe throughout their stay.
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