Should I Use Commercial Pest Control?

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Pests can be a real problem when they get into our place of commercial business. Depending on what type of business you own, pests can cause all sorts of troubles for you and your bottom line. Rodents can chew through pretty much anything and can cause lots of damage to textiles, boxes, and even electrical wires. Other pests can spell disaster for your business if they are spotted by guests or health inspectors. To prevent your business and reputation from being damaged by bugs or rodents, it’s important to contact a pest control company that specializes in commercial pest control. 

Where Would I Need Commercial Pest Control? 

There are many different properties that could use the help of commercial pest control including:

  • Strip Malls: Strip malls are susceptible to pest infestations due to the fact that they share walls and roofs. When pests get in one store they can easily spread to another. 
  • Restaurants: Pests love the smell of food which makes restaurants a prime target for ants, cockroaches, and rodents.
  • Retail Stores: Retail stores usually have lots of products in storage. These areas are dark and full of places for rodents to hide.
  • Apartment Complexes: When there is an infestation in one apartment it can quickly spread to others

How Do Pests Enter Commercial Buildings? 

Commercial buildings aren’t as secure as our homes. That is because there are usually more people coming and going which means doors stay open for longer periods of time. Keeping windows and doors open is an invitation for pests to enter and make themselves at home. 

Pests such as ants and cockroaches can enter through even smaller openings such as vents in the ceiling and where utilities enter the building. Be sure to check these areas and make sure that caulk and weather stripping is intact. 

What Pests Are Targeted For Commercial Services? 

At the bugman, we have years of experience dealing with comercial pests. The most common pests we see are:

  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Rodents
  • Flies


Cockroaches have millions of years of evolution on their side. These creatures are known for being very difficult to kill, that’s because they have learned to adapt to some extreme conditions. They can go a month without eating and when push comes to shove, they will eat each other to stay alive. Cockroaches are very unsanitary and just the sight of one can spell disaster for your business. The most common cockroaches in Southern California include: 

  • German Cockroach 
  • Oriental Cockroach 
  • American Cockroach
  • Turkestan Cockroach


While ants are not as cringeworthy as cockroaches, when a colony moves into your place of business it can still cause you problems. Carpenter ants in particular are attracted to moisture and will make their nests by carving our galleries in wet or damp wood. Ants are also attracted to food, so if you own a restaurant you should take precautions to prevent ants from getting in. The most common ant species to raid your business in SoCal include: 

  • Argentine Ant
  • Carpenter Ant
  • Harvester Ant
  • Odorous House Ant
  • Thief Ant


Rodents are mammals which means when winter comes they will seek out warm places to live. No place is off limits for rodents and they will often find themselves in warm, dark, secluded places with a lot of materials for making nests. Storerooms make a perfect home for rodents such as squirrels, rats, and mice who can chew through boxes, books, clothing, and even electrical wires which can start a fire. 


Flies are just one of the things we have to deal with in the summer months. If you own a commercial property then it is only a matter of time before a fly sneaks in with a customer. Often our doors are left open for long periods of time which can allow flies to enter and go unnoticed. Meanwhile they can lay eggs in garbage or food sources which can contaminate your food and scare away customers. 

What Are The Different Types Of Commercial Pest Control?

When you see a mouse, cockroach or other common pest in your place of business, chances are that’s not the only one around. There are a few methods you can choose from to get rid of pests, but none of them are 100% guaranteed. Each method requires a different approach, but you can get the best results by using a combination of these options.  


Insecticides and pesticides are used by pest control companies as well as homeowners to eliminate and keep out pest populations. They can be purchased at hardware stores and other similar retailers, and should be applied according to a manufacturer’s instructions. If you’re not comfortable applying chemicals or want to look into eco-friendly options, the bugman has the resources and information that you need.


Physical pest control involves placing traps and bait to eliminate pests. Traps work great for catching rats and mice and they are extremely cheap. 

Baits can be used along with traps to help control insect infestations. Some baits are designed to lure pests to the trap and kill them while others allow for the bait to be transported back to the nest before killing the entire colony. 


You have heard of the popular expression “fighting fire with fire” well, biological pest control involves fighting insects with insects. Insects such as the green lacewing or lady beetles are considered beneficial insects because they prey on smaller insects. Even the misunderstood house spider can help you clean up your pest problem by capturing insects in their webs. Biological pest control is most popular in crop cultivation. 

Is Commercial Pest Control Safe?

When it comes to commercial pest control, the safety of your customers and team members is number one. At the bugman we understand the importance of pest control safety and we only use top of the line pesticides. But with any chemical application you have to be careful and should be applied by a trained professional exterminator. 

Commercial Pest Control From The Bugman!

When pest infestations get out of control in your business it is time to call a trusted pest control expert. At the bugman we have been in the pest control business since 1958. We have the knowledge and experience to target any pest and make sure they don’t come back into your home. Give us a call today at 714-406-4949 or leave us a message on our site. 

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