If you own your business and have an office or building under your care, there are many responsibilities. One of the biggest responsibilities is maintaining a clean and safe workplace for any employees under your management. However it can be difficult to keep a perfectly clean and trouble free environment at all times.
Sometimes you’ll have the unfortunate issue of a pest problem, which in most cases can be sorted out with the help of a qualified pest control company. However there are ways you can prevent a pest issue occurring, much like prevention of pests in the home.
Pests in the workplace can risk the health of your employees by spread of disease or sickness, which is why you need to recognise the first signs of a pest issue:
- Pest Droppings Around the Workplace
- Food Going Missing or Damaged Packaging
- Unusual Sickness Of Employees
- Pest Sightings Increased
These are only some of the many signs that pests have entered your workplace. It’s also important that you have regular communication with all employees to ensure there hasn’t been complaints regarding pests within the workplace.
One of the most obvious prevention methods both in the home and workplace is that of a clean environment. You may be sick of cleaning the office or those who’re not doing their duty, but you must ensure that you make changes to secure a clean workplace. Whether you need to create a cleaning roster, or simply need to invest in more cleaning products, there needs to be a system to keep benches clean. Without regular cleaning efforts your workplace can be the perfect breeding ground for a variety of nasty critters.
A lot of pests are attracted to moisture which is why it’s important to keep all your plumbing in tact. If there is a leaking tap or regular puddles in the sink, or the benches, you may be providing the perfect haven for rodents. Pests are attracted to water for the same reason humans are, it’s vital to their functioning. Ensure that you’re regularly keeping an eye out for any leaks or moisture.
Although this may seem like another obvious element you should ensure that you regularly clean out rubbish in the office. Even one or two weeks of rotting food or junk can attract many different pests. You need to set up a rubbish schedule with employees and enforce this strictly if you want to ensure your rubbish isn’t causing pest issues.
Common in offices are plants in different corners, providing employees with an element of nature. However with these beautiful natural additions to the office you sometimes be unlucky to attract bugs, sometimes in plague proportions. Although depending on the type of plant there are different bugs that surface, it’s important to gain some knowledge on any plant before including amongst the office decor.
If you want to prevent the onset of any bugs you should ensure you’re regularly checking the condition of the plant and adhering to care guidelines. It might be a good idea to leave the responsibility with one person as they can track the plant’s condition over time and become invested in it’s care (also diminishing the chance of people continually forgetting to water or take care of it).
These are only some of the general guidelines when it comes to preventing pests within the workplace,and if you keep on top of these basics then you should be in a great position to sustain a pest free workplace.
However if you’ve found yourself in the position that your pest issue has blown out of control and you need a professional solution, you can contact your local pest control specialists.