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Pest Control Tips For Reopening Your Business After COVID-19

Many businesses shut down for months due to COVID-19. As restrictions begin to loosen, business owners soon seek better ways to keep their stores clean and sanitized. One thing business owners should be mindful of is what pests may have crawled into their stores since the COVID-19 lockdowns. 

Proper pest control is good for the health and safety of anyone who comes into your business. Any good business owner knows that one Google review of an encounter with a rat in your store can ruin your reputation! 

With businesses being closed for months, the normal steps you’d take to ensure that pests like rats, mice, cockroaches stay out may not have been conducted. This is why it’s important for you to develop a pest control plan when you begin to reopen.

In addition to your business being closed, pests are even hungrier than ever before. Earlier this year, even rats showed more violent behavior as they began to feel desperate from the lack of regular foot traffic. 

This article will give business owners a checklist of all the things they need to do to ensure that pests stay out of their stores. This way, your store’s COVID-19 reopening can still be as safe as possible for anyone who enters your store.     

How To Safely Reopen Your Business  

Many states have mandated specific guidelines for reopening business. This includes mandatory:

  • Masks 
  • Plexi-glass barriers
  • Store-flow guides 
  • In-store customer limitations
  • Hand sanitizers and soaps 
  • Cleaning duties 

Be sure to check your state’s health and safety guidelines to see what measures you’re required to have before you reopen. Thankfully, many of these health and safety measures will also ensure that pests remain out of your store. But, before you reopen, you should also take a moment to thoroughly clean every inch of your business. 

While you’re cleaning, be sure to look out for signs of pests. While your business has been closed, pests have likely felt more comfortable to enter the store since less humans have been around. Be sure to clean and inspect for signs of pests in some of these common hideouts:

  • Crawl spaces 
  • Closets 
  • Electrical outlets
  • Bathrooms and kitchen sinks
  • Water heaters
  • Food storage area
  • Entryways 
  • Waste and garbage areas

Pests are often looking for food, water, and shelter when they enter a building. Be sure to thoroughly inspect anywhere with food and moisture buildup. 

Signs of Pests In Your Store

Your store can have a number of different infestations depending on where you live. Common infestations include:

While cleaning, look for dropping, stains, tears, and other signs of activity for these pests. Be sure to also seal up any cracks and entryways if you find any!

Even the exterior of your store should be cleared of these signs. Waste from pests and animals can be especially dangerous, as they can leave even more damaging bacteria around your store. 

When you’re looking for signs of any infestations, make note of what you see. This will help you determine what kind of infestation you may have. 

Each infestation will have different signs. Pest Brigade has lots of exterminator-approved sources to ensure your pest control is effective and safe. 

Getting Rid Of Pests In Your Store

If you do find signs of infestation in your store, it’s best to call an exterminator right away. Although it’s tempting and completely possible to do your own pest control, there is currently an additional risk. Doctors and scientists are still making discoveries about COVID-19 everyday and have yet to uncover all the risks of the virus. 

As other businesses also begin to reopen, pest control services have become more widely needed for this very reason. Even if you do not find signs of pests in your store, for the health and safety of all customers and employees, you should have your store inspected.