Bugs in Your Business Are Bad News

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Archive For: August 2014

Category Name: pest control

The number one goal of most businesses is leaving a good impression on their customers. A good impression means a good review which results in more business. However there is one surefire way for your business to leave a bad taste in your customers mouth. Pests.

In many businesses and organizations such as restaurants, schools, hospitals, and hotels it is especially important to keep your place of operation free of infestations. Infestations can almost always guarantee a customer not only being scared away from you business but also scaring others away. One of the most powerful ways to spread information is through the internet. If a customer discovers bugs in your business it is very likely that they will make it known on the internet that your business is not sanitary. This can be especially lethal for restaurants as sanitation is vitally important and pest problems are a way to easily have your business shut down.

Sometimes an infestation may even make the headlines on a popular news or blogging website. The last thing you want is a story about rodents or insects or other pests floating around with your business’s name attached to it. Word of an infestation can spread like a wildfire and soon completely wipe out your customer base and deter any new customers from doing business with you. Information on the internet may not seem like a big deal, but often times a large amount of a business’s reputation is on the internet. From things like reviews and testimonials to features on famous websites and location in search engines. The internet is where a lot of people will get information about your business and form their opinion based on what they find. Bad information spreading about your business can ultimately cause it’s downfall.

Sanitation is a big concern for many people. People don’t want to eat in a place that has a rat problem or receive education or medical treatment at a place with cockroaches crawling around. If a person goes to eat at your restaurant or takes a class at your institution and sees cockroaches crawling around or silverfish scurrying through the room they are quite likely going to tell their friends and family about the conditions of your organization and deter people from ever giving you their business.

Publicity is one of the most vital ways of growing your business. Good publicity and reviews from high customer satisfaction lead to business growth. Dissatisfied or disgusted customers lead to bad reviews and publicity which can ultimately kill your business. Pest control is important in business because the cleanliness and sanitation of your business plays a big part in the way people perceive your business and review you.

The most important thing to remember is that good publicity being spread equals fast business growth. It is also important to remember that cleanliness plays a big part in the perception of your business. A clean and sanitary business with a nice environment and atmosphere will always win good reviews.

When Fall Approaches, Bugs in Your Home Increase

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Archive For: August 2013

Category Name: pest control

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You might feel as though fall is a lovely time of year, but pests don’t.  Pests equate the shorter days and slowly declining temperatures with the coming of winter.  In short, the great outdoors are not as pleasant as they once were.  Why should you care?  Worried pests begin looking for warmer climates, and that could mean your home becomes the choice location!  Less sunlight and cooler nights tell pests that it is time to seek out a nice warm place for the winter.  Humans have built them just the cozy place they need.

Who wouldn’t like a little free rent, right?  Pests like the idea of free rent and utilities too, and in the fall they’ll attempt to make their way indoors to warmer living conditions.  Many different pests begin making their way into homes around the country when fall arrives.  Let’s take a look a few of the most common pests that you’re likely to see when the days get shorter.

Cockroaches Can Make You Sick

Cockroaches may already be living and breeding in secret inside your house.  Having these kinds of bugs in your home has more implications than you may think.  Air quality and cockroaches don’t mix.  Cockroaches and their “debris” can contribute to poor air quality.  This leads to an increased risk of colds and flu.  Why?  There is a link between poor indoor air quality and overall health and the strength of one’s immune system.  Cockroaches bring bacteria and can even contribute to asthma attacks.

Many factors, such as degassing furniture, paint and cleaning chemicals can all combine to decrease indoor air quality.  But there is another often overlooked factor in the form of these repulsive critters.  During the fall, cockroaches that may be outdoors or living just outside your home will head indoors if given an opportunity.

Rodents and Freeloading Fleas Are as Bad as Bugs in Your Home

Rats and mice are warm blooded.  Most of us don’t like them living in our homes, but they are mammals and want to stay warm in the winter just like we do.  Rats and mice will eagerly jump into your home to get out of the elements if given a chance.  Rodents can also bring other unwanted guests with them – fleas! Rodent control is essential for the health and safety of your family.

Spiders Can Leave You a Nasty Surprise

Spiders frequently head indoors during the fall.  They will lay eggs and then die, leaving a whole new crop of spiders for you to deal with!  Don’t forget that some spiders are poisonous and have hazards beyond just making webs.

Flies and Fruit Flies Love a Healthy Snack

Flies and fruit flies will head indoors as the weather gets cooler as well.  Ripe fruit and even root vegetables, such as onions, can provide fertile ground for fruit flies.  If you suddenly have an unplanned outbreak of fruit flies, take a look at what fresh fruit or root vegetables might be lying around.

How Can You Prevent Fall Season Pests from Making Your Life Miserable?

There are a few steps that you can take to greatly reduce the chances of having an invasion of bugs in your home this fall:

1)  Seal up cracks and crevices with caulk.

2)  Make life harder for pests by using weatherproofing strips on your doors and windows.  This step will also save you money on heating bills!

3)  Keep food in sealed containers.

4)  Keep an eye out for the signs of a rodent problem, and contact a pest control expert at the first sign of trouble.

By following the four steps above, you can dramatically reduce your risk of a problem.  Play your cards right during the fall, and you can enjoy fall colors instead of thinking about bugs in your home!

Pests to watch out for as winter arrives in Texas

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Archive For: August 2012

Category Name: pest control

Just because summer is over does not mean that pests have gone away. In the temperate Texas winter months, many bugs do not go into deep hibernation like those in northern states. This leaves the bugs active and looking for a slightly warmer climate to live in, and your home and yard are the perfect places for them to live while waiting for the weather to get warmer again. Here are some common household pests that appear during the winter months.

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