Wide Range of Pests That Threaten Your Warehouse

Wide Range of Pests That Threaten Your Warehouse

In your large warehouse, there may be some things that are not showing up on inventory. Frequently opened doors, windows, loading docks, shipping areas, break rooms, restrooms and tall ceilings can all provide access to pests. Once inside, they can hide, feed and breed in the many corners, cracks, crevices and drains spread out across your spacious building. You and your staff may be too busy to notice signs of pest invasions before infestations are out of control. Or, your warehouse may simply be too expansive to effectively police for pest activity.

Warehouse pest control can be frustrating because such large spaces can attract a wide range of pests. Here are some of the different types that could invade your warehouse.

Small Pests

Small pests, such as cockroaches, can skitter around your warehouse virtually unnoticed in such a big area. Cockroaches can come inside via shipments and deliveries and then hide inside dark crevices. These pests can thrive on materials that are commonly found in warehouses, such as cardboard and wood, establishing large populations very quickly. Cockroaches can be mechanical vectors for bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, and they can leave behind droppings that can cause odor and ugly spots on walls, floors and equipment.

Big Pests

Big spaces mean room for big pests, such as nuisance wildlife. Raccoons, squirrels, bats and other nuisance wildlife can seek warmth and shelter inside your warehouse. Once inside, they can frighten people and leave behind unsanitary droppings. Some nuisance wildlife can carry pathogens that may cause disease. They can also cause damage to structures, property, equipment and products. In certain industries, the presence of nuisance wildlife may violate compliance and regulatory standards, too.