Commercial warehouse pests can vary from the smallest insects to larger pests that include rats and birds. A warehouse environment doesn’t necessarily have to contain food sources to attract these pests but may offer harborage and protection from the elements.


Warehouse pests that do not contain food

Warehouses that do not contain food stores may have a  number of pests looking for harborage. These pests could include spiders, wasps, and rodents. Rodents can get established by feeding on food left by workers and even dead birds. The upper areas of the warehouse is a perfect location for birds to nest if they can enter the building.

Even warehouse that may not contain what might be considered food may store furniture, carpets and other items that attract pests. Carpet beetles and clothes moths may attack items that contain wool or other animal hair products. Furniture can offer nice locations for rodents to create nests.


Commercial Warehouse Pests that do contain food

Warehouses that store food items can have a number of insect pest infestations. There are flour beetles, larder beetles, grain beetles and other beetles that attack a variety of foods and grains. This also includes mealworms, the larvae of certain beetle species and weevils.

There are also a number of moths that attack food items such as Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, and almond moths. Other related pests include book lice infestations.


Some interesting items pertaining to warehouse pests

  • The warehouse doesn’t need to store food to attract a pest.
  • Warehouses can have a variety of pests at the same time.
  • Rodents ruin more stored food products by urination than by actual consumption of the food.

In addition, rodents can cause major problems in food warehouse. They will eat a variety of foods and cause damage to the packaging. Furthermore, they can cause the most damage by urinating and defecating on food and packaging.


Basic Control Measures

There are a number of basic control measures for control of pest in warehouses. First of all, an inspection and identification of the pest(s) needs to be done. Then a control program is put in place. Also, the controls may be cleaning up the areas, sealing entry from the outside, placing traps, and control products.

Finally, a continuous monitoring program is then put in place to record any returning pest populations. As a result, the listed program above should be controlled by a professional pest management company. We recommend using U.S. Pest Protection.



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