Why Self-Storage Operators Should Use Professional Pest-Management Services

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The cost of employing professional pest services is a business necessity. A self-storage facility requires effective action. By acting quickly, operators can stem the infestation and show theirs is a responsible business acting on customers’ best interests.

Choosing a Pest-Control Company

Not all pest-management companies are the same. There are several recommendations to keep in mind when choosing a provider, including:

  • Evaluate companies that are members of national, state or local pest-management associations. Typically, companies that actively participate in these associations view pest management as an important part of protecting public health and property and are better prepared to use new technologies and implement cutting-edge treatment techniques.
     
  • Ask other facility operators for recommendations. Word-of-mouth references are usually honest and believable evaluations. Operators should feel comfortable with the pest professional they select, and prior experiences from other business owners count.
     
  • Research, research, research . Before you sign on the dotted line with a pest-management company, first check online resources to evaluate the company’s reputation and services. For example, pestworld.org is a comprehensive site that addresses all pest-related topics and provides a ZIP-code locator to find qualified and licensed professionals.
     
  • Compare offers. The best way to determine the right pest-management partner is to compare estimates from several companies. It can be unwise to hire the company offering the lowest price because there are many other factors to consider, such as company reputation, experience in treating pests in self-storage and guarantee of work, among others.

Commercial pest management requires skills and scientific knowledge of pest biology, proper use of pest-treatment products, and an understanding that a one-size-fits-all approach is not possible. By being able to provide a comprehensive assessment of current and potential threats to a self-storage facility, pest professionals can help operators prevent problems before they even begin.

Although self-storage operators may attempt to limit or forgo the use of professionals to help prevent and treat pest infestations, failing to implement a prevention program can be costly to the facility and the property within, as well the business reputation. Since many customers are storing valuable belongings in these facilities, operators should give them a peace of mind by protecting their goods from damaging pests in addition to other elements of nature.

Missy Henriksen is the vice president of public affairs and Jim Fredericks is the director of technical services for the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization with more than 7,000 members. The organization was established in 1933 to support the pest-management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit www.pestworld.org.

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