While pest control needs to be prevented year-round, there are certain times when business owners and tenants see a “surge” in activity that requires extra attention. During the hot summer months, pests such as ants, flies, roaches and bees are more active and seek respite from the heat inside cool, shaded office buildings and parking garages.
Here’s a list of actions to keep summer pests out:
- Keep landscaping trimmed away from building exteriors
- Eliminate areas of standing water
- Replace weather-stripping around windows and doors
- Ensure the building foundation is properly sealed
- Make sure attics, crawl spaces and basements are well ventilated and dry
- Have an annual termite inspection
- Install pine straw closer than ½ – 1 foot away from the foundation
- Allow garbage dumpsters to overflow
- Store building construction materials against the building
- Let irrigation systems spray directly toward the foundation
- Leave food or dirty dishes in break rooms or kitchens
- Allow open air parking garages to retain excess moisture or puddles
These tips should help keep pest activity at bay during the summer months. However, if you do suspect a pest infestation, make sure you work with a trained professional to safely and effectively remove the problem to best ensure it doesn’t return.
Summer in the South is filled with pop-up thunderstorms that often bring a
welcome relief to high temperatures but can also cause significant property damage in a short period of time. If you own or manage commercial property it’s important to stay informed and be prepared to respond in the case of significant weather.
Here are four tips to protecting your building and occupants:
- Research – Guidelines are available to provide an overview of what type of weather to expect in your geographic area. Following trusted resources such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service will not only provide information about threatening weather but also resources for emergency situations.
- Evaluate the Property – Before storm season begins, take extra time to assess the property and identify any maintenance that can be performed to further reduce the risk of damage in the case of a storm. This includes items such as:
- ensuring trees are trimmed away from the building
- weather proofing windows and doors
- verifying emergency signage and lightening is clearly displayed and in good working order.
- Test Generators – Backup generators are an effective alternative power source in the case of an outage – especially medical facilities where lifesaving machines and medications needing refrigeration are prominent. Make sure all are in working order with appropriate run time to support the facility’s needs.
- Plan and Communicate – Work with tenants to develop a plan for severe weather and ensure all employees and occupants are aware of how to respond in the case of an emergency. Prepare supply kits to be kept in central locations throughout the building. Train and practice the plan regularly to reduce the risk of being caught off guard in an emergency.
Severe weather is a serious threat and one that can often happen with little warning. It’s important to be thorough and proactive to ensure your business is protected. McWhirter Realty Partners has a skilled property management team with experience preparing and recovering from weather related events.