If your business involves growing, storing, transporting, selling, or preparing food, you don't need anyone to tell you how dangerous cockroaches can be. You know that these insects can cause product recalls, failed audits, bad press, and even close the doors of your business for good. But there are more subtle ways that cockroaches affect businesses; ways that are often missed because of the silent nature in which they occur. Look down this list and see if any of these might apply to your business.
Reduced productivity. A happy worker is a productive worker. When cockroaches show up in work areas, bathrooms, and break rooms, alive or dead, it can be demoralizing. And, that demoralization can affect the bottom line of a business. This kind of damage is hard to quantify.
Employee sick days. Cockroaches are known to carry Salmonella, E Coli, Staphylococcus, Streptococci, Entamoeba histolytica, and the poliomyelitis virus. They are also spreaders of harmful bacteria that can cause diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever, and viral diseases. The cockroach crawling across an office desk might be the same cockroach that was crawling on toilets in the bathroom or a dumpster outside the building. This can lead to illness and employees going home sick. And, cockroach-related illness is sometimes mistaken for other illnesses like the flu or the common cold.
Lost sales. If a retail customer has a bad experience with a cockroach, they are more likely to leave and never return than they are to bring it to your attention. If they don't have to, most people would rather avoid the confrontation.
Bad reviews. In this age of internet access and smart phones, cockroaches have the potential to be even more troublesome. It only takes a few short minutes for a disgruntled customer or client to leave a bad review on Angie's list, TripAdvisor, Houzz, or some other review site. And bad reviews can make or break a business.
Cockroaches can impact a business in many ways, some of them not so obvious. That is why it is vital for all businesses to have a pest plan in place. At Witt Pest Management, our team is educated in the most advanced pest control measures and equipped with the latest technology to protect businesses from resourceful and intrusive pests like the cockroach. Let our experts help you find a plan that will work to protect you, your brand, and most importantly, your bottom line.