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Help!!!! I just bought a Laundromat is Florida. The old owner was not very clean. There are always bugs (yes, the really nasty kind) that come in with the people. How can I get rid of those that are there and help minimize the numbers that people bring in with them. The place gets scrubbed down really well every night and the floor is mopped nightly with bleach. Any help would be much appriciated.
It's difficult to completely eliminate bugs. It becomes a labor of love to reduce those lil critters though.
We do several things. One we keep the store clean by leaving no food or sweets laying around - we
keep the place dry (no dormiant water). Another thing we do is use bug spray periodically. Being
ever vigilant will keep the bugs in check but alas we've yet to completely eliminate them - especially
when people come in with bugs in their things. Depending on ones area don't chase out those little
gecko's. They usually reside in the backroom of the dryer area and mostly come out at night and
eat those buggers.
If you rent, talk with your landlord. He may assist in hiring a professional to treat the building. Maybe you can get him to pay for the first initial treatment and you can then pay the monthly treatment. If you own the building then you should hire someone to protect your investment.
A professional service will treat the perimeter, inside and out, behind your bulkheads, dryers and all areas where the bugs hide.
Depending on the depth of your problem, they may even treat the inside of your walls.
They will then come back about every 4-6 weeks for a quick re-treatment.
When customers bring in the insects you may see some on the floor, but when they go into hiding the chemicals will then kill them.
Get quotes and descriptions of service from several different companies that provide this service.
Hire a professional exterminator to do your place on a regular schedule. If you see bugs inbetween visits, normally you can call, and the exterminator will come out and take care of your problem - no charge. I would be sure that they do this before you sign any agreement. An exterminator is cheap, compared to the cost of just one lost customer.