Why Pest Control is Essential for Logistics and Warehousing
Machinery and equipment can cause thousands in stock damage but did you know that a single rodent dropping could have the same effect?
Whether its a dropping, hair or nesting material, evidence of Pest activity on your products could result in the rejection of goods by the end customer even if the product is individually sealed and packaged.
Pest distribution hubs
Logistics and Warehousing operators are vulnerable to a range of Pests. Distribution centres act as Hubs for pest transmission. The high volumes of traffic from around the world and open warehouses offer easy access for pests to gain entry. This makes warehouses and storage spaces the perfect targets for pest species including; Rats, Mice, Birds, Moths and flying insects.
Whilst you may not be seeing pest activity now, as the seasons change so do the behaviours of Pests, you should take preventative measures throughout the year to curb any influx in pests and be aware that problem in your supply chain could just as easily affect you.
Why it’s essential
Controlling heavy pest infestations can be a costly exercise, we always recommend preventative maintenance visits and remote monitoring to stop rodents taking hold. Here are just some of the reasons you should take steps to protect your business:
- Reputation - Your customers rely on you to deliver and your reputation goes a long way.
- Compensation - Businesses may demand compensation from you if they believe you are the source of a pest infestation.
- Contamination - Pests are known to spread a range of diseases and pathogens.
- Damage - The cost of damage caused by rodents to products and your premise could be costly.
How to keep pests under control
We always recommend using a pest control professional who will survey your site and check for signs of pests. Here are our top tips for keeping pests away:
- Clean up any food spillages quickly and use an appropriate sanitiser if its a liquid.
- Keep all entry points including loading bays and side doors closed whenever possible to block rodents access.
- Always ensure that dust and debris are cleaned up around the base of shelving as this can make good nesting material for rats and mice.
- Stagnant water is a breeding ground for flying insects, ensures leaks are fixed and remove any old buckets of water.
- Ask your pest control professional about fly screen doors, pigeon proofing net and general pest proofing which all help to keep out pests
- Inspect new shipments for signs of pests this could include: hair, droppings and chewed up paper and other dry materials which may have been used for nesting. Ensure your staff are also aware of what pest infestations look like.
- Rotate stock and materials being stored. Use this opportunity to check behind products that are stored against walls. Remember pests aren't just at ground level and could be in the base of pallets.
If you think you have a pest infestation in your logistics or warehousing business. Contact Pest Pulse today to find out how we can help.