Are you finding that your workplace is being infiltrated by armies of ants, swarms of flies, even marches of mosquitoes? It could be the simple practices in your workplace that are contributing to a larger pest problem. Follow these simple steps to keep unwanted visitors out of the office.
Keep a clean workspace
Is it common practice for your workmates to take their lunches to their desk, even a light snack between breaks? Often finding dirty coffee mugs after business closes, dirty dishes by the sink, the occasional wrapper on the floor? All of these common routines may attract pests in your office. Crumbs, food caked on plates and leftover liquids all provide food for the pests that might decide to make your office their new home. With convenient foods that are easily consumed at the desk comes wrappers of all kinds; clutter can provide shelter for rodents and bugs, making their presence harder to detect. Add piles upon piles of paperwork to this clutter, and you might find a different kind of pest waiting to be discovered. Paper lice, sometimes known as mites or bookworms, can be born from stationary bundles of paper kept in dark, damp conditions, often undisturbed until you need to rustle through archive boxes or filing cabinets and find yourself bitten. Before you know it, you’ve got a pest management company like Trusted Pest Management on speed dial. While there are no great consequences from being bitten from a paper lice, they are a result of an unmaintained workplace, and can be the first instance of a greater pest problem.
Check indoor plants
It’s not uncommon for dull workplaces to be given a lift by way of plant life. Easier to maintain than fish, cheaper than paintings, and the environment they create can lift the working spirits of those expected to perform their best each day. However, the daily procrastination task of watering of the office plants, that happens a little too regularly, can do more harm than good in the battle to ward off unwanted pests. Highly saturated soil encourages the production of fungus gnats, which feed on algae, fungi and plant roots, and so the potted plants (in which they are born) will sustain a short lifespan. Once they reach adulthood, they are not only responsible for laying hundreds of eggs (in the case of the female) but they grow wings and spread pollens which can lead to mould or further pest infestations. While they are dissimilar to the common mosquito in that they do not sting, they are known to carry diseases in their feet, so the risk of their procreating is one that should be avoided if possible.
Inside and out
While it may escape the minds of many in the office, it could in fact be the outside of the workspace that invites pests inside. As per the general rule of scraps, any food matter or waste should be kept in a sealed bag inside the exterior rubbish disposal, preferably at a distance from the building itself. Gutters should be regularly cleaned of build ups of plant matter, particularly if it is damp, as they provide very comfortable homes for cockroaches, mosquitoes and wasps. Generally cleaning the outside of the building can be as important as cleaning the interior when it comes to maintaining a pest-free workplace.
While these tips are simple in execution, they are easily overlooked. If everyone does their part—keeping their workplaces clean and free of waste—it can prohibit a larger problem in the workplace.