Keep your office free from pests

Keep your office free from pests.

One of the silent adversaries of productivity in a workspace are pests. Some of them small as the point of a pen can rain havoc on your orderly office. Rodents can munch on electrical wiring to disrupt the workflow, cockroaches carry diseases, and a pest infested business can receive irredeemable damage in its reputation. These unnecessary and avoidable complications can be the margin between success and failure in an organisation. How do we keep, then, the office free from pests?

The first line of defence is identifying there’s a problem. While you might be able to spot a hungry rat picking your cornflakes box apart, pests prefer to be unseen. They do leave, though, trails of evidence.  In the case of rodents, bite marks and droppings are a red flag. Similarly, cockroaches will leave behind them faeces. Depending on the kind of cockroach the size of their excrements will vary. Sometimes it will be as big as black pepper granules, others as small as an oval palette.Termites prefer the innards of walls, which means cracks and bubbles on the wall paint are indicators of an infestation. The colonization of termites will also make any solid wooden surface feel hollow.

The most difficult pest to identify are bed bugs. They hitchhike their way into an office space in bags and parkas. They can fit almost everywhere, from electrical appliances to crevices, and can be easily confused with other insects. In fact, bites from bed bugs are usually discarded as inconsequential from humans. While they can be virtually harmless and concealed, getting rid of them can be a costly affair. There are though a few indicators. Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets and mattresses usually can mean squashed bed bugs. Dark spots, as if it was ink squeezed by a marker on a fabric, can indicate their excrements. And, for studious eyes, their eggs, usually the width of pocket money, have pale yellow skins.

The next line of defence is cutting off their supplies and entrances. Modern office spaces, in an attempt to enrich the work experience of employees, have adopted kitchens into their infrastructure. Kitchens harbouring food supplies, though, are also a major attraction for rodents. You can always spot these furry mammals rummaging through the cupboards, or scavenging for the crumps of a quick lunch by a desk. Cockroaches will seek any food residue in your office for sustenance, along with glue and paper. As these pests’ habitat unsanitary environments, theycan carry a number of diseases that canadd a poisonous flavour to your breakfast. Rodents may leave on their path salmonella and leptospirosis, while a simple bite can give a nasty case of fever. To avoid these pests coming into contact with your food, airtight containers should be used. As rodents usually prefer the ground for their excursions, the containers should be stored on high cupboards and away from walls. Cockroaches on the other hand creep through cracks and crevices near pipes. Sealing those entrances can keep their skeletal feet away from your food.  Eliminating any food residue is also important, which means the office space should be cleaned thoroughly in regular intervals.

There are pests, though, whose dietary habits are not depended on human sustenance. Termites, for example, will feast on anything with cellulose. In an office setting that will mean wooden furniture and clutters of paper debris. Using specialise wooden treatments and uncluttering the office are effective ways to pre-emptively keep termites away. The entrance points for termites are vents, which requires to set up screens to halt their march. As for the bloodsucking hitchhikers that are bed bugs, checking your clothes and bags for signs can stop them from infiltrating your office.

The last line of defence are traps, remedies, and pesticides. There is a widevariety in traps for rodents, from electronic to bait to glue. For rat baits, peanut butter and bacon have been proven irresistible, while mice have a palate for chocolate and oats. In the case of cockroaches, a natural remedy to use is a mixture of baking soda and sugar. You can pour the mixture in their main entrances and watch a significant decline in their population. When it comes to termites and bed bugs, their infestation is better dealt with pesticides. However, home pesticides will usually fall flat in eliminating stubborn colonies. What is more, they can severely affect the health of anyone in the office. It is better, then, to call in the help of professionals.

While small, these perennial pests can torment the sanctuary of the work space. Simple measures, though, like maintenance and cleaning are highly effective against them. And in the advent of a pest outbreak that will prove costly for your business, the importance of taking these simple steps is heightened.