Business owners, operators, and managers know all too well the multitude of challenges that can arise at the workplace. A pest infestation not only adds to the stress of a work day but can jeopardize the company’s reputation in the process. Continue reading to learn what steps you can take to lessen the chances of cockroaches taking harbour in your business.
10. Garbage and recycle bins Roaches thrive in cozy places with an available food source, and disposal containers offer both of these elements. Be sure to empty garbage cans and recycle bins daily, with large dumpsters being attended to on a regular basis. Always enclose bins with a tight lid.
9. Condensation All buildings experience some level of condensation, but excess water residue could attract pests to your workplace. Take the necessary steps to reduce condensation on windows, walls, and ceilings.
8. Cooking appliances Whether you operate a diner with a full-scale kitchen or consulting firm with an employee lunch room, make sure cooking appliances are cleaned regularly. This includes the crumb catcher in toasters, the interior of microwaves, and, of course, larger appliances.
7. Used and second-hand items Be careful of used items brought into the work site. This may include used packing materials like boxes or pallets, or second-hand items like furniture or fixtures. Should this be unavoidable, check carefully for both live bugs and eggs before bringing the item inside.
6. Standing water Pooling water is another attraction for roaches. Remember to empty any collections of open water, such as refrigerator catches or dehumidifier reservoirs. Outdoors, empty any rainwater that has collected before it sits for too long.
5. Sinks and drain traps After washing a pile of dishes, we often forget about cleaning the sink itself. But an untidy kitchen sink-especially one with a drain trap and/or garbage disposal-can be enough to lure roaches. Make a habit of washing the walls of the sink and never let food particles collect for long in the drain trap.
4. Unnecessary clutter Most pests seek refuge in dark, undisturbed areas, so reduce this risk by eliminating as much clutter as possible in your workplace. In storage and seasonal spaces, try to keep up a presence so critters do not settle in.
3. Water leaks Cockroaches are attracted to humid environments, so water leaks and drips should be fixed to prevent pests. Instruct employees to inform you of any leaks they notice around the building.
2. Poor building construction These preventative measures could be fruitless if your work site obtains pests from a neighbouring space in the building. Seal cracks and holes in walls, baseboards, ceilings-especially if you operate an accommodation or residence.
1. Unpreparedness for the worst case Despite your best efforts, pests may still find a way onto your property. As with any unexpected challenge, be prepared by having a plan of action ahead of time with the name of a professional removal company at the ready.
An infestation is never a pleasant situation, but it can be particularly detrimental when it occurs at your place of work. By taking into account the above risks, you can raise your chances of preventing a problem and minimizing the damage should an issue arise.