How do you deal with pests in the office?
- Bed Bugs
Don’t let pests in the office find their way to your home through your bags or other belongings. Pest control can be practiced effectively in the workplace. Dealing with pests is a team effort. If your office properly applies these tips and tricks, you can help protect your office from pests.
Cockroaches are one of the most annoying pests you can encounter in the office. They tend to appear out of nowhere. They’re often found in dirty pantries and moist, unsanitary bathrooms.
Cockroaches love to eat. They will often feast on various office supplies such as glue, paste, paper, and even wallpaper. If left unattended, they can transfer microbes, pathogens, and viruses to your food containers and more. They also produce odorous secretions that can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and food poisoning. Don’t let these pests win.
Start by keeping your office as clean as possible. Start the day clean and end the day clean. Pay attention to your break room area and pantry. Don’t leave unwashed dishes there and don’t leave the leftovers out in the open. If you have a refrigerator, use it to store your leftovers. Pay attention to spots behind the cabinets, tables, and refrigerators. Do a thorough cleaning of these areas when you have time.
Rats and rodents can do significant damage to the workplace. They can eat stored files and chew on electrical wires if left unattended. Rats also multiply very quickly. If your office is infested with rats, you can find urine, feces, and dead skin around your office. Breathing these in can immediately cause allergies and asthma attacks. Rat waste can also cause food poisoning if accidentally ingested.
Just like with cockroaches, you need to keep your environment clean to prevent an infestation. You also need to repair any leaks from faucets and pipes. This can serve as a water source for the rats. Cut the water source off and they will find the office a much less appealing living space. Make sure that your trash is also secure and take it out daily. Any leftovers and waste can be a potential food source for rats.
Lastly, make sure that all cracks are sealed with concrete or metal flashing. This can prevent the entry and exit of rodents within the premises.
It doesn’t take much to attract ants to your workplace. As soon as they find crumbs or leftovers, they will begin to treat your office as a potential foraging ground. Ants are persistent and will always find a way to get into your office.
The first step you can do to prevent ants from invading your workplace is to seal off any potential entrances that the ants can crawl into. Ask your building administrator to survey your building. Any crack and open space is an instant invite for these ants.
Once your building administrator identifies these entrances, they will seal them accordingly. Like the other pests on this list, make sure that everything is kept clean. Apply this to all surfaces, especially ones with food.
Bed bugs are common household pests, but they can still make their way to your office building. One way they can get to your workplace is by traveling with you, for example, through an office pillow that you brought with you from home.
To prevent bed bugs in the office, your office needs routine vacuum cleaning. This has to be done in all areas, especially in carpets and corners. Such areas for vacuuming include work areas, lobbies, and bathrooms.
You need to regularly inspect areas for signs of bed bugs. This can be checked by looking at the seams of furniture and upholstery. Look for an obvious brown or red spot. Storage areas with lots of clutter are very inviting for bed bugs.
Did you know that bed bugs can also live in electrical sockets, surge protectors, and behind picture frames? Be vigilant and check in these spots as well. Clean up any clutter as soon as possible.
Termites rarely appear out in the open. They mostly come out when no one is present. You need to start by testing walls, window sills, and door jambs. Tap these surfaces with a screwdriver. If the screwdriver breaks through or if you hear a hollow sound, you may have a termite infestation. Proceed to look for signs of an infestation. This can come in the form of mud tubes and mazes. If you see any of these, you need to call a professional immediately so they can deal with the termites.
Pest control in the office should be done routinely by a professional. Employees can help prevent infestations by being vigilant and practicing good habits. As long as the area is maintained and clean, you can prevent any pest problem in the office. If problems persist it’s always a good idea to ask a professional service for help.