While building service contractors seek to diversify as a way to increase revenue, there are some services that a generally far easier to add than other ones. With respect to pest control, certification and licensing requirements in addition to a potential for a lawsuit, it tends to deter many BSCs from making a provision of this service themselves. That?s when they seek out a subcontractor.



Nonetheless, good pest control practices do not singularly hinge on a subcontractor?s services. Problems that occur because of rodents, insects, and various other pests, often are generated on account of conditions that are either inside or around a building?s exterior, and those can be controlled by a building service contractor.


Thus, BSCs can make their janitorial operations the first line of defense when it comes to pest prevention. Sometimes, it can be overlooked that those that are involved in cleaning work are extremely familiar with their surroundings and therefore they are prime candidates for noticing high risk areas that are suited to pest inhabitation well before it actually becomes a problem.


Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)may be applicable to LEED for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance credits, and that?s an area where BSCs ought to take up an active role, irrespective the building is intent on LEED certification or otherwise.


There are a variety of methods involved in IPM that are used to control pests. And yes, chemical pesticides can be part of that equation, though IPM is also reliant on prevention as a way to control the type of conditions that can serve to attract and likewise, support pests. Pest problems arise when they have a source of food, of water, and of harborage or access, and that?s exactly where BSCs will have a huge impact.


Janitors will likely see the evidence that pertains to pests while they are busy with their daily routines. And it?s for that reason that BSCs must educate their staff with respect to pests that they could come across, as well as the steps to be taken.


A number of Department of Food and Agriculture Pesticide Bureaus around the country recommend three basic undertakings for a custodial team:

  • Reduce food sources. Trash receptacles should be emptied frequently, once a building?s occupants have departed for home at the end of the working day. Bags and liners should be replaced each time a receptacle is emptied. Trash should be stored in one particular area of the building, and that should be in dumpsters or closed containers. Vacuuming of areas that building occupants consume their food should be done often, while building occupants should be educated with respect to the storage of food in an appropriate manner.
  • Reduction of sources of water. Rodents and insects will seek out standing water and moist areas. Thus, sponges, mops, and damp rags should be stored in a way that will permit them to dry quickly. Repairs should be made to leaking pipes and faucets and clogged drains.
  • Reduce areas of access. Holes in doors, windows, and exterior walls should be patched as a way to prevent access. Doors should not be propped open, particularly the ones near to trash storage areas and kitchens. Paper, boxes, and alternative materials should not be stored near trash, which would mean that shelter and food are in the same area and will serve as a pest haven.


IPM Kits given out by Department of Food and Agriculture Pesticide Bureaus also recommend the designation of a particular person who will oversee all pest control activities. It matters not that this service is to be subcontracted, it should still remain the remit of the BSCs. If any pests are spotted, it should be reported to the single designated person, who can then get in touch with their pest control company, while simultaneously maintaining a log of any pest control activities.


Green Pest Control

Among the trends with respect to pest control is that of going green.


As an example of this, cayenne pepper can be used as a way to deter ants. Insects are repelled by planting up shrubs such as Osage Orange.


Mosquitoes, flies, rats, and mice are repelled from trash bags that contain a mint vapor. A reliance on ultrasonic technology will ward off pests both in the interior and to the exterior of a building. Door sweeps can be used to reduce gaps where rodents could previously squeeze through.


None of these require a BSC to have a license. Plus, many of the newer products can safely be applied by anyone.