Some ants can carry bacteria and contaminate food sources; while others can damage wood or inflict painful bites. Ants have also been known to nest and cause damage in computers and other electronic gadgets.
Their ability to survive surpasses all other creatures on earth. Business owners fear the cockroach more than any other pest. A customer that sees a roach in your business or house is apt to tell ten people about it. A pair of Cockroaches has the ability to produce 300,000 offspring’s in a year.
Flies can threaten not only your business, but the health of your employees and customers. Flies breed quickly and can lay hundreds of eggs every few days. Their eggs can hatch in as little as 12-24 hours.
Maggots begin feeding immediately. Flies often come from rotting and disease laden garbage and are known for contaminating food in exposed areas. They spread disease through pathogenic bacteria that can cause Staph, E.coli, Salmonella and Shingles. Also, flies can cause customers to form an unsanitary image of your business, thus undermining your establishment.
These are carnivorous pests (feed on other bugs). Large numbers of spiders are often a sign of a more extensive pest problem. Scorpions can inflict a painful sting that can cause serious illness requiring immediate medical attention. These pests can be a liability risk should a customer or employee come in contact with them in your business.
These are a business owner’s worst nightmare, and are capable of causing electrical fires due to their constant gnawing. They can spread diseases such as Salmonellosis, Rickettsia, Smallpox, Lymphocytic choriomenigitis, and others. Rodents can contaminate 100 times the amount of food they eat.
The small business’s stock room is not immune. These pests can enter from the outside but more often than not, come in with new purchases of dry goods, such as cereals.