Pest Control and Building Management
If you are a building manager, no matter how many properties are under your care, controlling pests is critical in order to keep tenants in the building(s), keep them happy and healthy, and to ensure quick turnover when an opening occurs. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for controlling pests safely and effectively.
Implementing a pest control program
Taking the initiative and executing a pest control program is a best business practice for keeping insect control costs in check. While getting the program off the ground takes an investment in time and planning, once it is in place, it will reduce the likelihood of infestation. While each building is subject to different environmental factors, there are some common denominators to all successful pest control programs.
- Work with reputable pest control companies. Not only are their crews well-trained, once your site has been inspected and treated, they will provide you with documentation as well as recommend timeframes for follow up treatment. This aggressive form of preventive maintenance is much less expensive than having to evacuate your building for complete fumigation.
- Work with tenants to enlist their help in controlling pests. Your tenants expect you to have a pest control program in place, but they also have roles in prevention. Establish guidelines for trash and rubbish disposal, as well as suggestions for keeping living, eating, and work areas policed and cleaned. Establishing protocol for reporting bug and pest problems is also necessary.
- Work with landscapers to make the property safe from infestation, because how your property is landscaped can contribute to insect problems. Make sure trees and shrubs have sufficient clearance between them and the building; mulch should not be butting directly against exterior wood surfaces, and trash collection sites should be free of clutter.
- Be proactive by identifying pests, take action quickly when notified, and monitor the success of any measures taken. Be ready to adjust or change something if it is not effective.
- Maintain records of what actions were taken, what was done, and record the effectiveness.
Advantages to aggressive pest control
Even the cleanest buildings can have problems with insects and other pests. Being aggressive in addressing the issue before it becomes a serious problem will result in healthier environs for your tenants and staff, prevention of health code violations, and more of your spaces will remain occupied, or will not be empty for very long.