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What Kind of Pests Live in Warehouses?

Posted by: Cooper Pest

Giant spaces like warehouses are often hosting a multitude of pests and wildlife. From rodents to cockroaches and flies, there are many invaders that use warehouses to hide and breed. Drains, shipping areas, loading docks, and tall ceilings all provide a haven for unwanted guests to thrive. What is lurking around your warehouse? The answer may surprise you. Read on to learn more about pests that are commonly found in warehouses.

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Cockroaches are smaller pests that could go unnoticed with all the busy activity going on in warehouses. They sneak indoors via crates and delivery trucks, transporting from one infested place to another. Materials that are commonly found in warehouses such as cardboard and wood are prime targets for cockroaches, allowing them to multiply and survive. Not only are they a nuisance to deal with, but cockroaches also post potential health risks. Pests such as cockroaches can be mechanical vectors for bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, and they can leave behind droppings that can cause odor and ugly spots on walls, floors, and equipment.



Various nuisance wildlife such as squirrels, bats, and birds are attracted to the open spaces that warehouses provide. A warehouse serves as a perfect hideaway with warmth, shelter from the elements and predators, and food sources. Once inside, these animals can cover your warehouse in droppings, both inside and out. When droppings fall from roosting birds, it can create trip and fall hazards, bring in dangerous pathogens, and even land on unlucky employees. Birds and their droppings can also cause health code violations that may lead to fines, legal actions, or even closures. Wildlife can also cause damage to structures, property, equipment, and products.



Warehouses are especially susceptible to fly infestations. Flies can easily and quickly reproduce in warehouse floor drains, trash cans, recycling bins, and bathrooms. In most cases, things can get out of hand and become nearly impossible to control once an infestation sets in. Flies can also carry pathogens that may cause disease and can spread foodborne illnesses.



Mice and rats are big threats to warehouses. Although common to warehouses and most commercial properties, rodents are particularly challenging to contend with. The droppings and urine that they produce can add up quickly. They can contaminate products, equipment, working spaces, and personal items.


Rodents can carry pathogens through their urine and droppings, which have the potential to cause disease, contaminate products and equipment, and may compromise the health and safety of workers. Rats and mice tend to gnaw and cause potentially expensive damage to structures, electrical systems, equipment, packaging, and products. When infestations establish in your warehouse, it always creates an unpleasant work environment for everyone.


Stinging Insects and Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can sneak into your warehouse through open doors, windows, and cracks, with a group of mosquitoes laying up to 3,000 eggs in any given area within a couple of weeks. Known for biting and leaving behind itchy welts, mosquitoes can be a vector for diseases such as West Nile Virus. Stinging insects like yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps are common in our area. They’re especially worrisome for warehouse employees that run the risk of getting stung. Not to mention those who are allergic. Nests can be difficult to remove when they nest high up and become active.


Grain Pests & Termites

Grain pests such as Indian meal moths, grain weevils, and saw-toothed grain beetles can be problematic for many warehouses. Stored-product pests hitchhike into warehouses on shipments and live hidden within food products. They build large, widespread populations, often with more than one source, making them incredibly challenging to control.  Grain pests can leave behind eggs and larvae, potentially contaminating products and causing waste. Termites can also cause significant damage to warehouses, threatening the integrity of wood structures, packaging materials, and cardboard.


How can Cooper Pest Solutions protect my warehouse from pests?

Running a warehouse is time-consuming and challenging. Pest control is important to keeping your employees happy and your bottom line. That’s why Cooper Pest Solutions is here to help maintain a pest-free environment for your warehouse. Stop relying on stressful and failing DIY. You can count on Cooper to provide professional services from certified and highly trained pest management professionals. Our dedicated account representatives will be there with you every step of the way to ensure your warehouse gets the proper care, attention, and customized planning to keep your business on track.

Call us at 800-949-2667 or fill out the contact form on this page to set up a free, no-obligation pest consultation with one of our professionals.

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