How Odor Control Helps Deter Commercial Pest Infestations

Commercial facilities everywhere, especially warehouses, are plagued with the ongoing dilemma of how to effectively protect their premises from damage caused by unwanted insects and rodents.

Pest infestations can be devastating in more ways than just the pocketbook; They affect company morale and reputation.

A rather disgusting phenomenon is related to the variety of odors associated with insects and other pests that range from musty to ammonia-like odors to more creative ones, such as: rotten coconut and even sharper than ordinary blue cheese.

Not exactly comforting is the fact that no matter how thorough a warehouse or other facility’s sanitary procedures are in maintaining a pest-control and pest maintenance program, odors are inevitable, and must be addressed to maintain an effective system.

A little knowledge about pests and the types of odors they’re attracted to goes a long way here and is critical to effective treatments and solutions, according to PestCo’s experts.

Where does commercial odor come from?

Sources are literally everywhere. Can range from dumpsters and sewer drains to trash cans, food scraps and storage areas, just to name a few.

Many warehouses and other commercial facilities miscalculate the need for precautions because they cannot process food products.

They don’t realize that they can still attract food sources and smells that are very attractive to many insects.

Unwanted insects thrive in human environments and are attracted to both food odors and odors associated with waste production, including sewage and feces, among other things.

Insects and rodents that can cause odors

From mice to roaches and even tiny ants, many pests carry diseases and dangerous allergens into homes and workplaces along with unpleasant odors. Different critters bring different smells.

For example, rats are often associated with musk, the strong smell of ammonia, and decay, which is understandable because rats often urinate.

Others believe the smell is musky, but in both cases, these malodors are known to linger even after inspections from our pest-control and pest-maintenance experts.

the rat

Stale urine rots and can get into any space, even baseboards and floorboards, but it’s worse in enclosed spaces such as: cabinets, pantries, drawers, etc.

The smell of dead rats has often been compared to rotting cabbage.

Afterwards the smell of decay and decay is so strong that it can linger for months even after their corpses are removed from the premises.

Rats have their own odor profile, which is just as disgusting as rats but slightly different. Live mice smell of funky, fecal matter and the oddly scented oil that coats their pelts.

A dead rat’s malodor is a putrid mixture of chemicals including methane and sulfur dioxide.

Both species tend to find hard-to-reach corners to die, and their bodies often get stuck behind walls and small spaces.

The smell of their rotting flesh is unforgettable and like no other.

Only Pestco Professional Services provides a holistic approach to rodent control, striking a careful balance between baiting and trapping methods as well as environmental management techniques.

Technicians also recommend rodent-targeted sanitation and maintenance to commercial space owners and managers.

The emphasis in any insect or rodent control initiative is always geared toward prevention.

the ant

The smell of ants is manifold and still not so easy to detect. Species determine the smell that follows them about like a bad perfume.

Citronella ants, for example, release a citrus smell when crushed that isn’t overpowering, but carpenter ants spray formic acid on everything they encounter, imparting a vinegary aroma.

When released in large quantities, this acid burns their natural predators.

Stinky house ants (aka coconut ants) emit a chemical that has been described as smelling like rotting coconut, butter, or blue cheese. Dead ants smell a bit like olive oil.


Some use the words musty and oily to describe the smell of the world’s most ubiquitous insect; That is cockroaches.

Others suggest that soy sauce is conventional flavoring. Odor acts as communication between roaches and when they die, the odor becomes acidic during the decomposition process.

The smell is caused by a combination of roach feces, body oils and pheromones.

As the infection progresses, the smell worsens sharply, and the benefits should not be hesitated Call for help as soon as possible.


The smell of termites has been compared to mildew, damp leaves or mold and reflects the environment in which they live; Namely, clay tube or damp wood under the ground.

Sometimes, their malodors are mistaken for an indication of water damage.

These smells signal bad news ahead because they signal the presence of a large infestation, indicating it’s time to call a pest-control and pest-maintenance specialist.


Often described as musky, sweet, and somewhat berry-like or smelling like rotten cilantro, bedbugs use scent as a means of communication with other insects.

They release hormones such as histamine, which aid in navigation, and pheromones, which signal potential danger.

Although the smell of bedbugs is a positive indication of an infestation, it is more likely to be spotted before a scent is detected.

While bedbugs certainly prefer life where a blood meal is available, they are opportunistic and have been known to hike wherever a carrier takes them. It can be anywhere including warehouses and similar facilities.

They are particularly attracted to padding and storage areas where they can thrive for more than a year without a blood meal and can survive temperatures of nearly freezing to 122 degrees.

They patiently wait to enter the room with their choice of menu fare by opening their clothes, luggage or bags; Namely, sleeping people.

Odor control as a weapon in dealing with commercial nuisances

While this may seem like an unlikely scenario at face value, it is not.

Scent placement is integral to the efficient maintenance of every commercial space, although it is often overlooked.

This is important because insects thrive on their acute sense of smell and are attracted to malodor.

Identifying the source of an odor is an important first step that must be followed by elimination.

This means powerful neutralization with a type of additive known as metagene, which not only masks them, but also destroys the dead smell forever, making it possible for them to re-emerge like unwanted relatives on the doorstep.

Pestco Professional Services Solutions and Services

Once an infestation sets foot in a commercial facility, quick action is required because most pests reproduce very quickly.

Cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, termites And ants can multiply almost into oblivion without specific and highly invasive pest-control measures.

Insects are unsightly and spread disease and can easily destroy a product’s hard-earned reputation and many commercial establishments.

All Pestco pest control and management programs include efficient monitoring as part of the solution, including careful application of environmentally friendly pesticides.

Our complete facility care service plan

Founded in 1948, protecting the environment That has always been a primary concern for this family-run five-star business. The Complete Facility Care Program is ideal for all types of commercial spaces, including warehouses.

This efficient initiative offers a trinity of bundled services that are both cost-effective and all-inclusive.

These include: Sanitation Solutions from Enviro-Master, Ambient Air Air Care and Air Freshening Strategies from Air Cent International and Advanced Pest Control and Pest-Management Aid from Pestco.

This diversity of services represents nearly eight decades of dedicated, quality care and commitment to customers located in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area and surrounding area.

If your commercial space is infested with any type of pest, don’t hesitate to call Pestco. Our team is always here to help!

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