Over the last year, we have watched businesses around the world struggle to stay open amidst this devastating global pandemic. Business operations have changed drastically, often resulting in interruptions and slowdowns.
If you own a business, you’ve no doubt experienced plenty of anxiety about how to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Right now, you’ve got enough on your plate trying to stay afloat. The last thing you need is for an infestation to creep in and shut you down. Whether you work in hospitality, food processing, property management, restaurants, or the hotel industry, ensuring your business is protected against pests is more important than ever.
How an Infestation Can Affect Your Business
Whether you have to face serious financial losses, a damaged reputation, health hazards, or ongoing interruptions, an infestation of any kind can have a significant impact on your business.
Pest problems can result in massive financial losses.
Below are the main factors of a pest infestation that can result in financial loss:
- Property damage: Pests such as rodents, termites, cockroaches, and more are known to cause extensive property damage. In fact, termites cause approximately $5 billion worth of damage each year alone! Rodents are also known to cause a significant amount of damage as they contaminate food sources, chew holes in floors and walls, and gnaw on exposed electrical wires, which can result in a devastating fire. The damage caused by pests can take a lot of time and money to repair.
- Slowed operations: Whether your operations become limited or you are forced to shut down because of an infestation, that is money out of your pocket.
- Product loss: As pests navigate around your business, they might come across products and contaminate them by leaving behind urine or feces, chewing on them, or nesting in them. Whether you are in retail or the food industry, a loss of product can be devastating.
As a business owner, protecting your public image is probably your top priority. Unfortunately, these days, news travels fast. Thanks to social media, review sites, and word of mouth, news about a pest infestation in your business can spread throughout your community in no time. Even after taking care of the problem, it will be hard to distance your business from talk of the infestation.
Pests are known carriers and transmitters of harmful diseases and bacteria such as salmonella, hantavirus, tularemia, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and much more. When they make their way into your business, they bring along with them plenty of germs and pathogens that can put you, your employees, and your customers at serious risk of infection and illness. Such incidents can be nearly impossible to recover from.
Especially for those that work in the restaurant industry, contaminated food can result in very sick customers, compensation claims, health investigations, and a host of other lasting consequences.
Without routine pest management in place, your business can face ongoing interruptions. Eliminating pests can take weeks, depending on the type of pest and the severity of the infestation. During this time, operations might be limited or halted, employee morale can take a serious dip, and your business can be drastically impacted. No matter the industry you work in, your business is at risk of pest infestations and should be treated regularly to avoid dramatic, ongoing interruptions.
Prevention Is Key
Pests can and will make their way into even the cleanest and most cared for businesses. We understand that shelling out for a comprehensive pest protection program might seem like a bit much, especially if you are currently not experiencing a pest problem. However, as discussed above, your business can suffer a great deal if you become overrun by an infestation. With all that is going on in the world, you simply cannot afford not to protect your facility against pests.
Horizon Pest Control offers a range of commercial pest solutions that can be specially customized to the needs of your business. We are committed to taking care of your business by delivering discreet, low-impact, environmentally sound pest prevention and elimination services while keeping workplace disruptions to an absolute minimum.
Call (888) 617-6133 or send us a message online to learn more about how we can take care of your business in these unprecedented times.