There are many types of pests that thrive here in Maryland. Rats, mice, roaches, wasps, and ants are particularly common, and often require constant monitoring. If you have a business and are paying for regular pest control maintenance, your pest control company should be doing all they can to eliminate and monitor your problem. Unfortunately, sometimes pest control companies get too comfortable when they have a long-term contract with you, leaving you wondering if you're really getting what you pay for.
Are they really treating the problem?
Many pest control companies prescribe setting bait stations around the exterior of buildings for rats and mice, no matter what type of building or business you run, or if you've had rodent issues in the past. Usually there is no harm in using these devices as a preventative measure, and many business owners will feel reassured by seeing these black boxes "protecting" their building. What most business owners don't realize is that the same bait stations that ward off rats and mice can actually attract other pests, like ants and other insects. Recently our exterminator was examining a shopping plaza serviced by another pest control company, and he found ants were thriving off the sweet bait intended for rats, and wasps were actually building nests in the shelter of neglected, empty bait stations. The simple solution would be to use insect repellent in or around the rat bait stations, and also constantly monitor the activity. However, in this case, it was clear this pest control company was simply not diligent about their work. Also, in this particular shopping plaza, the surrounding area was not even conducive to rats. So this pest company was "controlling" a non-issue while creating new ones!
Are they really paying attention?
In the summer especially, wasps and stinging insects can become very active. Though any pest control company offering a maintenance plan should monitor the exteriors of the commercial properties they service, we find many are simply not paying attention to new infestations. Frequently when our exterminator is out and about, he looks up and finds wasp nests hanging off signs, windows, corners, and vents of buildings. Sometimes he finds dozens of wasps nests on a property that is already being serviced by another company! When you think about the liability of having employees, tenants, visitors or even yourself getting stung by these insects, this is a very serious matter. In most cases, wasp nests are easy to spot and identify on a commercial structure, so there is no excuse for your pest control company to not see these things.
In other cases, a building owner may find a sudden increase in a certain type of pest. Pest problems originate from somewhere--is your pest control company able to tell you why you are having new issues? Often times a leaky pipe or recent construction can put your company at risk for new pests. Your exterminator should at least be able to tell you why you are having problems or offer to closely monitor the situation so they can learn what is causing the problem.
Are they even doing their jobs?
If you have hired a pest control company and still find yourself constantly struggling with pests with no explanation or improvement, you may be wondering why you hired them in the first place. A quick check of the exterior of your commercial property will help you determine how good of a job your exterminator is doing. Here are some warning signs that your pest control company may not be doing their job:
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