People go to stores everyday. They’re a necessity. Whether it be a grocer, a pharmacy, or something else entirely, retail spaces take up a lot of human time and if you own a retail space then it’s part of your job to ensure that the people visiting your space aren’t in any immediate danger or risk of illness.
Failing to address and keep on top of pest control has cost retail businesses dearly in the past. So, if you don’t want to be one of them, it’s recommended that you hire a good pest control professional as soon as possible. After all Australia is a country with a huge amount of biodiversity, and our insect and pest species are as numerous as they are persistent.
This is why Pestline exists. We’re a Melbourne based pest control company that offers comprehensive, affordable service, and holistic pest control solutions guaranteed to ensure your longevity as a business and your customer’s satisfaction. If you’d like to get in touch with us, you can call us on 1300 361 646 or contact us here. Otherwise if you’d like to read more about what we do and how we can help you, please read on!
Pestline Pest Control For Retail Stores
Finding good pest control is a difficult task, but Pestline is proud to say that we’re one of Melbourne’s most experienced and trusted pest controls professionals. When it comes to retail pest control, we are the experts. There’s no job too big or small, no infestation we can’t handle.
Pestline offers ideal pest control for shops, as our knowledge doesn’t just stop at their eradication. Following an extensive examination of your retail space, Pestline’s retail pest control professionals will establish how the infestation was started, and once it’s been dealt with, we ensure that an infestation can’t be started the same way again. The way of the natural world is of constant competition between species, even in insects and pests. If one nest of critters or creepy-crawlies found your shop a nicely habitable enough space, chances are once they’re gone another brood of little beasties will take up residence in their stead. Pestline works to stop that from happening.
This standard of excellence is what makes us different from the usual run-of-the-mill pest control business. Whereas most companies’ retail pest control measures start and finish with destruction, that’s merely where our job begins. It ends when we feel we’ve pest-proofed your retail business.
Common Pests In The Retail Industry
Infestations are as varied and as wide-reaching as the species that cause them. It is currently estimated that over 75% of the organisms on earth are insects. So with so many insect species running about looking for a lovely shop to set up a home in, how can you know that you have an infestation?
It’s all about knowing what to look for. The following are some of the most common pests in retail. If you spot any or multiple of the following events, please call Pestline immediately, as it’s likely you have or are home to a developing infestation.
Cockroaches (Periplaneta australasiae)
This species of cockroach is endemic to Australia, and though mistaken for their gigantic cousins from the USA, they are a separate breed all on their own. They are distinguishable by their small size, usually only being around 2-3 cm small. They are attracted to habitats that provide a tight, dark living space, with easy access to water, scraps, and crumbs. They are usually quite shy, so they enjoy huddling up in their hovels of an evening, only coming out to scavenge once the coast is clear. You may have an infestation if the following are common occurrences in your business:
- Infant cockroaches are found.
- Adults manage to make their way into food storage areas.
- Small, hollow, white orbs (egg sacs) are found discarded in areas throughout the property.
- Dark spots and smears (droppings) start to be found.
- Musty stench in difficult or hidden areas of the property.
Rodents (Mus musculus/Rattus norvegicus)
Wild mice (mus musculus) and rats (rattus norvegicus) are common rodent infestations in Australia. Aside from causing property damage as they build their homes in walls and other dark, secluded areas, they are renowned for being incredibly intelligent, making their way into food packets and storage areas and destroying huge amounts of money worth in stock. Not only this but as famed carriers of disease and bacteria, a single rodent can cause untold damage to your business and customers. Pay attention to the following signs to preempt an infestation:
- Large numbers of droppings in food storage areas.
- Shredded nesting material such as paper and plants..
- Chewing or bite marks on packages.
- Holes at floor level where material has been chewed away for access to their habitat.
- Faecal matter odours coming from hidden areas of a building.
Houseflies (Musca domestica)
Although typically just thought of as a household nuisance, an infestation of houseflies can have devastating results on your business. Aside from a significant loss of reputation, the presence of houseflies is usually a dead giveaway that there’s an easily accessible source of food somewhere, and flies eat rot. This is why flies can spell danger for people’s health. As they eat their food they spread the decaying bacteria to where they land. Keep an eye out for the following in order to nip an infestation in the bud before it comes to fruition:
- Huge number of flies.
- Frequent and recurring sightings.
- Large number of dead flies.
- Clusters of flies around lights, gutters, mulch, etc.
Short for “Stored Product Insect”, SPIs are some of the most common kinds of pest, and cost businesses devastating amounts of money and wasted product. There are many species of insect that are considered an SPI, and they are generally small scavengers that make their way into bags and boxes of produce before being moved to a business responsible for selling said product. The following signs mustn’t be ignored:
- Mites, beetles, moths, caterpillars crawling or flying around the property.
- Larvae, pupae, or webbing presence where there hasn’t been before.
- Holes in newspaper or cardboard packaging.
Did you know that birds are some of the most intelligent, and bothersome pests. These animals can be incredibly difficult to be rid of due to their flight advantage, speed, and developed hiding behaviours. Many species of bird have caused many a business owner grief over the years, and if you want to avoid becoming one of them, we recommend looking out for the following:
- Birds sitting on roofs.
- Persistent bird cries, particularly from chicks.
- Presence of nests.
- Damaged stock.
- Presence of droppings.
- Nest and feather debris.
Pestline for Retail Pest Control
If you spot any of the following signs for any of the listed pests, please don’t hesitate to call Pestline for retail pest control. We’re proud of our work, and enjoy helping businesses maintain their appearance, reputation, professionalism, and duty of care to their customers. If you think you may have an infestation in your retail store, transport business, office, or just want to know more about what we do, contact us here, or call us on 1300 361 646.