The Best Way To Keep Your Kittitas County Business Pest-Free

Have you heard the phrase, "There is not a second chance for a first impression"? Suppose you invent the perfect cell phone. This incredible phone never loses signal or drops calls and works anywhere in the world without roaming charges. You gather a group of investors to demonstrate the phone, and after your speech in which you extol all the virtues of this phone that solves all frustrations, you go to turn on the phone, and it won't work. Frantically, you push the button, but nothing happens. At that moment, you realize the potential of gaining investors has vaporized.

The first impression is the most influential impression for any business owner. When a cockroach runs across the floor during a presentation, a visitor walks into a spider web, or a rodent darts from behind a box when a potential buyer moves it, you need pest control in Kittitas County from Prosite.

For over a decade, we have alleviated pest problems in food processing plants, hospitals, retail businesses, education, and other business facilities throughout Central Washington. The size of your business does not matter because all businesses, large and small, need to make good first impressions and continue to make positive impressions. As a professional pest control service, we deliver the results you need.

The Pests That Can Invade Kittitas Businesses

Just as there is a wide range of businesses in Kittitas, there is a spectrum of pests that cause problems for owners. Here is a general list of problematic insects and rodents that require pest control services:

  • Ants
  • Bed bugs
  • Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Rodents (mice and rats)
  • Spiders
  • Termites

The types of pests you may encounter depends upon your business and the structure of your building. For example, if your building is wood, western subterranean termites, carpenter or velvety tree ants, and lyctid or anobiid powder post beetles may be an issue. Most businesses exist in structures built on concrete slabs with metal studs and very little wood, so termites are unlikely to be a problem. However, that does not mean you won't have problems with other pests.

Owners of multi-housing units fight a host of pests because of the various hygiene habits of renters. In the last few decades, bed bugs have made a resurgence in America, and once they get into one apartment, they can quickly spread. One issue with multi-family units is the transferability of pests from one apartment to another. A renter may complain about fleas, even though she does not own pets, but her neighbor does. A renter, who maintains a clean apartment, may be inundated with German cockroaches because the neighbor above her does not keep a clean living space. Owners of multi-housing units require quality pest control because of the variety of pests they encounter.

Other industries are not immune to pests. If you are in the healthcare business, you may be battling pharaoh ants, a particular ant species that often infests hospitals. Owners of open warehouses struggle to control spiders, flies, ants, and gnats. If you have a food processing plant or a warehouse that stores food products, cockroaches, mice, and rats may be your nemesis. Restaurant owners struggle with most of the pests already mentioned due to the availability of exposed food.

Prosite provides dependable pest control for all types of businesses. Whether your issue is ants, cockroaches, rats, mice, another insect, rodent, or arachnid, we can stop the infestation. Our highly-trained technicians know all the signs of pests in Kittitas and can identify the pest infesting your business. Once we identify the problem, we can create an effective solution by targeting the species infesting your location.

How Pest Infestations Can Damage A Business

The damage depends upon the pest infestation. Companies that operate out of an older home or own multiple rental houses may struggle with western subterranean termites. These social insects build massive colonies in the soil near damp wood underneath porches, decks, and crawl spaces. After a few years of constantly feeding on the timbers beneath the floor, the floors may sag or collapse. Carpenter ants, lyctid, and anobiid powder post beetles also cause structural by weakening hard and soft wood as they bore tunnels deep into the lumber. Even if the structure does not show significant damage externally, when owners discover that termites and other wood-destroying pests are infesting their business, it is not uncommon for repair costs to be thousands of dollars.

An ant infestation can harm the reputation of a business if customers experience them walking across countertops or forming a line along the baseboards. Although most ants don't carry disease, all ants contaminate surfaces and exposed foods. A food processing plant or a restaurant with ants must discard infested foods, which costs money. One ant that is a particular problem for hospitals is the pharaoh ant. These light yellow to orange ants spread salmonella, Streptococcus pyogenes, and other pathogens. Pharaoh ants enjoy crawling on open wounds and can get into sterile packing and IV tubes.

While pharaoh ants are problematic for hospitals, cockroaches invade many different types of businesses. The presence of cockroaches can close a restaurant and cost the owners thousands in lost revenues. Cockroaches in multi-family housing units, rental properties, and education spaces can wreak havoc by spreading salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, E. coli infection, and other bacterial and viral infections. An infestation can trigger asthma and allergic attacks in occupants resulting in the loss of renters and reputation.

Although bed bugs do not spread disease, reports of bed bugs and fleas in multi-family housing and rental units will deter future renters and may cause the loss of current tenants.

Rats and mice in restaurants, food storage warehouses, food processing plants, schools, and industrial parks can hurt the reputation and force temporary closures. These rodents transmit hantavirus, adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), rat bite fever, and many of the same diseases as cockroaches. The last thing a business owner or school administrator needs is to have an employee, client, or child bitten by a rat or mouse. In addition to the problems of having rodents in the building, these rodents bring fleas and ticks inside facilities. Fleas and ticks hitchhike on rats and mice, and they can spread murine typhus, tungiasis, tapeworm, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

The presence of cobwebs in corners filled with unsightly dead insects gives the impression of an unclean area and may turn away some potential customers. Spider bites are rare and cause only temporary pain, but a wound from a black widow spider can cause increased blood pressure, fever, nausea, and difficulty breathing. If a customer, renter, patient, or employee suffers a bite from a black widow, the owner may have to pay the medical costs for treatment.

Avoid the loss of a reputation, revenue from temporary closures, expensive medical bills, structural damage, and a shortage of employees due to pest-induced sickness by using pest control in Kittitas from Prosite.

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