The Risks of DIY Pest Control for Small Businesses (Infographic)


If you own a small business, it can be tempting to avoid pest control companies and DIY pest control. However, that may not be the best approach to take.

Insect infestations can disrupt your day-to-day operations, disturb your customers and damage your reputation. Pest control products are readily available, but effective control takes a professional. As tempting as it might be to consider do-it-yourself pest control, here’s a look at why you should call a professional instead.

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Q: How often do pest infestations happen in the workplace?

A: Studies conducted by the World Health Organization, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and others suggest that pest infestations are on the rise in cities and urban areas. A proven way to reduce the risk of an infestation is with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is a process of evaluating pest issues for a given situation and selecting the best course of action. IPM includes minimizing pest environments and using conventional treatments. It is a long-term solution to pest problems. According to the IPM Institute, using IPM methods can reduce pest complaints by 78 to 90 percent.

Q: What kind of pests should I be concerned about?

A: There are multiple invaders that can impact your business. Common threats include: rodents (rats and mice), cockroaches, stored product pests (moths, weevils, beetles and more), flies and bed bugs. Companies in certain industries have a greater risk of both an infestation and legal, government or social fallout. Those most affected include food service, hospitality and any public-facing business.

Q: What are the ramifications of an infestation?

A: A pest problem can reach beyond your revenue stream and have an operational impact on your company. It can also negatively impact employee morale and health. Certain pests may even damage equipment or electrical systems — leaving you with costly repairs.

Q: How effective are DIY pest control methods?

A: Do-it-yourself pest control methods often appeal to small-business owners because they appear inexpensive. However, sometimes you get what you pay for — they are often ineffective. Depending on your industry, an infestation that is left untreated or treated improperly may expose your business to fines, compensation claims and a damaged reputation. Additionally, the Washington State Department of Ecology reports that implementing and maintaining an IPM program can reduce the overall cost of services by up to 30 percent. Professionals have the training needed to implement and maintain an IPM program for maximum results.

Q: Are pest control services really needed?

A: A pest infestation can impact not only your bottom line, but also hurt your company’s reputation. Additionally, a pest infestation may create problems with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulatory agencies. Per OSHA guidelines, workplaces must be kept clean and free from insects, rodents and other animals. Regular pest control services from a professional provider can help prevent infestations.

As you can see, pests are capable of causing harm to your business. Don’t let a pest problem get out of control.

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