Retail merchandise racks, product displays and stockrooms can provide the perfect shelter spot needed for pests to take up residence. Flies, rodents and cockroaches are among the pest commonly found in retail stores across the country.

While specific pest prevention strategies can differ between companies and store locations based on pertinent pest pressures, there are a few things that all businesses can do to aid pest prevention efforts. Below are five tasks to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your store pest free.

1. Stop pests at the door.

One way to keep your store pest free is to keep them from hitchhiking in on product deliveries. Inspect any incoming products as they are removed from the truck to ensure no pests or infested items are being brought in. Look for any live or dead insects, pest droppings or product damage.

2. Make pest management a team effort.

Because pest technicians are not at the store every day, store employees are the eyes of the pest management program. Train employees to report any pest sightings or evidence of activity to management so it can be shared with the pest management provider. Important signs to look for include droppings, chewed products or wires, and rub marks on walls or shelves.

3. Maintain an organized stockroom.

Cluttered and unorganized stockrooms make it difficult for technicians to inspect and can allow pests to travel while going unnoticed. It is crucial to keep your stockroom organized and put an effective system in place to ensure products are rotated properly and not allowing for pest harborage.

4. Keep birds at bay.

The presence of pest birds on either the exterior or interior of your store can lead to property damage and cause health risks. Therefore, it is important to take steps to reduce any attraction birds may have to your business. Primarily, discourage employees from feeding the birds, as it will keep them coming back. Keep exterior trash containers covered and clean. Close all doors and windows when not in use. Lastly, inspect your building regularly for any signs of nesting. Birds often like to nest or roost on signs, open structure entry ways, parking ramps, loading docks and awnings, so pay special attention to those areas.

5. Build a partnership with your pest management provider.

Pest management is a team effort – you know your store better than anyone, and pest technicians know what steps to take to prevent pests. A strong relationship between client and provider are the foundation of a successful pest management program. Report any pest sightings or findings to your provider, and in turn, they should make you aware of any conditions that could be contributing to pest pressures at your store.

If you have questions about retail store pest control or would like to learn more about how Copesan can help you in your prevention efforts, please contact us!