OTIS | Combating the Most Common Retail Store Pests

Nov 24, 2022

As we start towards the holiday period at breakneck speed, retail stores of all sizes will see a spike in foot traffic as people prepare for Christmas and New Year. More customers means more profit which is excellent news for business owners, but it may come at a price! Increased foot traffic can also mean an increase in pests! Where people go, pests are never far behind! That’s why your retail location needs to book commercial pest control in Knoxville to ensure you stay on top of potential infestations that could scare off your customers!

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common pests found in retail locations and how commercial pest control in Knoxville can help to keep them under control.


One of the most prevalent pests found in retail spaces is ants! While these are not usually dangerous, they are not something your customers will be happy to see when they visit your store! Often they are attracted indoors by a steady food supply, so one of the best preventative measures you can take is to practice excellent sanitation and trash removal. If your store does not sell food products, the problem is likely to originate in your staff break room, but once the Ants have made a home there, it is only a matter of time before they spread to other areas of the store. Hire commercial pest control in Knoxville to treat the entire store and create a preventative maintenance plan to help keep your business pest free throughout the holiday season and beyond.


Another group of harmless pests that you may find lurking in your store is spiders! Did you know that up to 15% of the population suffers from arachnophobia? Even many of those without a full-blown phobia of these eight-legged critters are still uncomfortable around them. Once again, eliminating their food source is the best way to control your spider population. In the case of spiders, that means removing other pests! As part of routine service from commercial pest control in Knoxville, your technician can remove any spider webs and nests visible on the property, reducing the number of spiders hanging around.


If there is one type of pest that can be incredibly annoying, its probably flies! You certainly don’t want your customers to be plagued by them flying around and landing on the products they are interested in purchasing! You’ll notice a common theme with all of these pests we have mentioned - food! Flies are no different; they are attracted by food and water, so making sure your sanitation practices are up to par will go a long way in preventing an infestation. Contact commercial pest control in Knoxville for further advice, including flytraps and identifying and sealing up entry points.


Nothing will turn your customers off more than rodents! If your retail store is close to empty units or food premises, you are at a greater risk of them making their way into your property. Keeping the store clean and free from trash will help a great deal. However, you will also need experienced commercial pest control in Knoxville to set the appropriate traps and help prevent them from accessing the store. Rodents are known to carry over 35 different diseases, so you must take steps to keep them away from you and your customers.


If your store sells clothing or textiles, moths can also be a potential threat. Clothing moths can hide very well and go unnoticed until they are disturbed. If you have stock in storage, you could have an extensive moth problem without realizing it. It is important to rotate stock frequently to help avoid this issue. Talk to commercial pest control in Knoxville about how to take preventative measures.

Hire Commercial Pest Control in Knoxville

All of this may seem like alot, especially at a time when your stress levels are already high. The great news is that you can call Otis Pest Control for commercial pest control in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. We will start with a comprehensive inspection and then create a treatment plan specifically to take care of any existing pest problems and act as a preventative measure for future infestations. We will work with you to ensure minimal disruption for your business during this busy time of year.


Otis Termite & Pest Control is a full-service pest control company with a focus on outstanding service. We have been serving the East Tennessee area for over 56 years and our reputation is built on prompt and effective service. We’re good at what we do and we’re fast. We do the job right the first time – and that’s an actual guarantee! 

Call 865.690.1662 or visit www.otispestcontrol.net.



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