We don’t want pests in our homes and employees certainly don’t want them in their workplace. Whether it’s mice, mosquitoes, or cockroaches, pests are a distraction at best and a health hazard at worst. In certain industries, an unresolved pest problem could result in heavy fines, lawsuits, or even the closure of your business.
You know that you already have a critter problem if you’ve found:
- Mouse droppings
- Stink bugs
- Dead bugs
- Spider webs in corners
- Rustling noises in the walls or actual pest sightings
If you’re like most people, that list probably made your skin crawl. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to prevent these critters from invading your space, in the first place.
- Empty trash and clean cans regularly
It seems pretty obvious, right? Empty those smelly trashcans, especially ones with food waste. The right frequency depends on the size of your organization and the types of waste produced, and you’ll also want to consider receptacles with lids.
- Keep an eye out for moisture
When it comes to a commercial building, moisture is very rarely your friend. It can cause stains and mold if untreated, and standing water is a breeding ground for a myriad of pests.
- Consistent and thorough cleaning
A solid commercial cleaning company is your friend, on the other hand. A cluttered and dirty office is essentially an open invitation to pests. Basic cleanliness keeps your employees happy and prevents pests from ever becoming a problem.
- Building maintenance
Your plumbing and HVAC systems create many entry points into your building. Keeping these systems cleaned and in good condition goes a long way toward preventing a pest invasion. Seal any gaps in ventilation, walls, and ceilings, while you’re at it.
- Food management
Food waste and spills are a significant temptation for rodents and bugs. Consider designating a specific area where food and drink can be consumed. In the breakroom, minimize open food containers and make sure they’re properly stored.
- Educate employees
Your employees can’t adhere to policies they know nothing about. Make sure they understand why they can’t throw leftovers in the trash of a locked office that the cleaning staff can’t access, for example. (More on our recommended policies here.)
- Maintain outdoor spaces
Long grass and overgrown landscaping provide convenient shelter for pests. Don’t forget to have any external trashcans emptied too!
- Preventative measures
Hiring a pest control company is a great idea. Not only will they be able to inspect for current infestations, but they can also identify risks that could result in a future pest problem.
Unfortunately, pests are fairly common. It’s important to take what precautions you can, address problems quickly, and call in the experts when needed.
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