How do I get rid of pests in my office?
Nuisance pests, including rodents, insects, and other small animals, can disrupt your workers’ productivity and create an unsanitary environment. Creating a pest management protocol for your office is the best way to control the destruction that rodents and insects can cause.
This will take a team effort, including the help of the staff and a pest control expert, to both get rid of existing pests and prevent new ones from making themselves at home.
Discover what pests are common in offices and helpful pest control tips you can implement at your office.
Learn What Pests Invade Offices
Your office space provides the three things pests are after: food, shelter, and water. Here are a few pests you might find in your office:
- Ants: A variety of things attracts ants in an office space, including sugary and salty snacks left on desks. Some varieties of ants are even attracted to electrical items, including laptops, televisions, and the HVAC system.
- Mice: Food and liquids found in office buildings often attract mice and other rodents. You can tell you have mice in your office space with signs such as chewed up documents and small droppings.
- Cockroaches: In addition to food, cockroaches love a variety of items throughout the office, including paper, glue, and curtains.
- Bed bugs: Bed bugs have infiltrated office settings at an alarming rate. One person with a bed bug infestation at home can enter the office and introduce this insidious pest to the couches, chairs, and drapes.
Be aware of the dangers these pests can cause. The feces and urine of cockroaches are rife with several different types of illness, including salmonella, typhoid, and dysentery, which are viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections that lead to severe bouts of diarrhea. Mice and ants can chew through electrical wires, creating a serious fire hazard.
Identify Points of Entry
If you’ve noticed pests lurking around your office, or suspect you have an infestation, the first step is to determine how they enter the office. Here are a few ways that rodents and insects will find their way into your office space:
- Exterior damage: Pests can find their way into almost any damage to the building’s exterior, including cracks in the cement or damage to the window frames.
- Open windows and doors: An open window during a hot summer day or a door that is open to welcome clients are easy ways for pests to enter the building.
- Adjoining buildings: If an adjoining building has a pest infestation, the insects or rodents can make their way into your office through plumbing, false ceilings, electrical access holes, and underground tunnels they create.
Rodents and other larger pests, such as opossums, make their way into the building via the roof.
Keep the Exterior Maintained
A well-kept exterior is not only professional, but it can also prevent a major infestation. For example, keeping the grass mowed and any shrubs or trees trimmed is a simple way to make the grounds and building less hospitable to pests. Insects and rodents love taller grass because they find the grass easier to hide in and find food.
Overgrown trees provide an easy way for rodents and insects to enter the building. Any damage to the roof makes an easy access point.
Guard or fix any sources of standing water, including cracks in the sidewalks and decorative pots or other features. Mosquitoes and other insects will lay eggs in the water, and the readily available liquid is attractive to other pests. If you have mulch around the building, leave a large gap between it and the structures to prevent pests from using the mulch as a hidden way to enter the building.
Create a Less Desirable Environment Inside
You can make several simple changes and implement rules that can keep pests at bay and make your workplace less attractive, including:
- Food and drink policy: Encourage staff to avoid eating or drinking at their desk, instead consuming beverages and food in a designated break room. Make sure staff members cover any uneaten food and leave drinks in bottles or mugs with lids. Finally, make sure employees also never leave food outside of a refrigerator or cabinet at night.
- Eliminate clutter: Ants and other insects love clutter and messes because those are great places to hide. Encourage staff to keep their messes under control.
- Clean up messes wisely: Clean up and sanitize spilled coffee or other accidents to avoid attracting pests.
You can make several simple changes to keep pests out of your office. Making sure to clean both the interior and exterior of your office, as well as identifying entry and exit points, can help your office fight back against invading pests.
If you have a pest infestation, don’t try to tackle it on your own. Instead, contact the professionals at Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management.