Economic development of a country largely depends on Industries. The rate of unemployment reduces with the development of Industrial Sector. Industries are either manufacturer or service oriented and follow different strategies and guidelines to run their business. Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness is very essential in any manufacturing industry. Pest infestation is one major threat to these manufacturing units causing lose of millions of dollars every year and on top of it, spoiling repute. Building space, building type, and movement of materials decide the kinds of pests that infestin industries.

Need For Pest Control in Industries:

In the case of manufacturing industries, providing a pest free environment for products and services is the basic standard that is to be met without compromise. Pests in manufacturing plants create a significant challenge for management and maintenance team. Manufacturing units are more vulnerable to pest infestation because the vast complexes, huge spaces and storehouses provide perfect environment for pest breeding. Rodents, the starters of problems, pollute the premises by bringing along a host of other pests like cockroaches, bite bugs, and pathogenic microorganisms which affect the health of employees and hygiene of the surroundings. Therefore, it is very important to administer regular pest control measures to prevent pests from building colonies.

The following are the different pests found in manufacturing industries:

FLIES: Flies pose a health risk apart from being a nuisance buzzing around the utility. The signs of fly infestation include fly spots or droppings, maggots and live or dead insects. They spread diseases such as Cholera, Typhoid, tuberculosis etc. damaging the health and hygiene of the employees.

Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes leave a nasty bite on uncovered skin causing irritation. They transmit potentially fatal diseases like malaria and dengue. Near stagnant water sources and drains, the risk of mosquito infestation is higher. Mosquitoes can seriously affect the health of employees thereby adversely impacting production.

Rats: Rats introduce secondary pests into the premises. A rat dropping, smears, burrows and pungent smell, are the signs of rat infestation and call for immediate action. Rats cause damage to goods, stock, buildings, cables, plastic, mild steel rods and wooden doors leading to financial loss.

Precautions:

The following measures may prove useful in managing pests in industries:

  •         Arranging proper waste management systems.
  •         Scrutinize every nook and corner to ensure that all possible pest entry points are sealed.
  •         Use Sodium Vapour lights to discourage light attracted pests.
  •         Regular inspection of storage areas, processing areas, locker rooms, windows and laboratories.
  •         Fixing screens for insect proofing.

Need For a Professional Pest Control:

A pest control professional will conduct a thorough inspection of the unit and prepare a report on the types of pests, their lifecycle and effective measures to eradicate the infestation. A certified pest technician would know the importance of using safe chemicals that minimize threat to the people and the surroundings. This will provide a sustainable solution to eradicate pests over a period of time. Following a series of pest control techniques by analysing the condition, making decisions, and employing prevention methods can curtail pests from wrecking havoc on organizations.

Conclusion:

A pest problem should never be taken lightly, irrespective of its size and severity of its infestation. Improper control techniques can lead to severe health and property damage. So, regular inspections proactive pest-proofing measures and an immediate action plan are essential to counter any potential infestation.

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