Commercial construction usually involves a more significant financial investment, which is why, as a property manager, you’ll need to be aware of these disease-transmitting intruders that can inflict severe damage to the property and residents alike. Besides acting as a nuisance, these bugs, termites, mice, and other creepy crawlers can repel potential clientele and negatively impact sales.
Unlike deteriorating older buildings, pests struggle to find areas to inhabit in newer properties. With this in mind, ensure you identify the rodents and insects native to the region and determine the best ways to avert these pesky home invaders.
While some insects may seem harmless, they can cause several financially-depleting and budget-straining issues in new buildings, ranging from added repair costs to contamination. That said, here are five ways to ensure new properties are kept pest-proof.
Check for holes in the wall
Even though commercial buildings are recently framed and freshly drywalled, the availability of holes in the building’s interior structures attracts these nearly microscopic creatures to your property. Left undisturbed, these rodents and insects can form larger cracks, generate repair costs, and delay project completion further.
Ensure you conduct a visual inspection of the house to check for any defects on the wall. For optimal results, inspect the building’s sharp corners for cracks. If you identify any holes you suspect are a host for household pests, ensure you contact professional pest control experts. Upon their arrival, these extermination teams will assess the situation and recommend the best insect control methods for your particular infestation type.
Hire professional cleaning services
A surefire way to discourage pest infestations in new properties is to maintain high cleanliness standards. Remember, rats, fleas, and cockroaches prefer filthy environments ridden with trash and rotting food. To avert these home invaders, ensure you clean all high-touch-point surfaces throughout the building to render the property inhospitable for any invader.
Although it’s challenging to eliminate pests completely, you can minimize the risk of infestation by removing shrubs, grass clippings, tree limbs, and other debris surrounding the property. While some of these plants may seem innocent, they can act as a breeding ground for dangerous pests looking to set up camp in these soon-to-be warehouses and retail stores.
Seal roof gaps
Pests such as squirrels and mice flock to unsealed gaps located along the edges of the roof. These intruders can widen existing holes that will invite more shelter-hungry insects and rodents to inhabit these commercial properties. That’s why it’s crucial to inspect all these shinglings and ensure they’re all intact.
To combat the effects of disease-transmitting and property-damaging pests, block all vents with a thick wire mesh and be sure to seal any vulnerable area. Failure to follow these steps could result in costly infestation and delayed production.
Hire pest control to fumigate
Sometimes, it can be challenging to control pests and mitigate damage without expert intervention, especially if these insects and rodents have already attacked and inflicted damage on the new property.
Luckily, you can hire an experienced pest control professional to fumigate the property to ensure you keep these creepy crawlers at bay. That way, you can rest assured that the process will run smoothly and the recently-constructed building won’t be susceptible to unsightly property damage.
Inspect and seal up possible entry points
In order to attack any property, pests need to gain access to the building. Conduct a diligent inspection to identify possible entry points. Once you’ve spotted these entry points, seal up and fix cracks, holes, and crevices that rodents and insects can use to infiltrate your property and wreak havoc.
To seal more substantial openings, you can use metal sheeting or wire mesh. These pest control methods can prevent chewing and discourage further damage. You can use synthetic caulking for small spaces and other cracks at the joints between doors, walls, and in other gaps.
Don’t shrug off pest infestations or assume your new building is immune to the effects of native pests. Do your due diligence to repel rodents and insects that can feed on the building’s wooden beams and cause costly structural damage.