From ants to rats, no workplace is immune from pests — especially when you aren’t taking preventative action! Here at Earthwise Pest Management, we are proud to offer both residential and commercial pest control services in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. We work with a lot of business owners and property managers who are concerned about pests in the workplace. Thankfully, there are some easy things that you and your employees can do to reduce the likelihood of encountering annoying pests.
Keep reading to discover some easy pest-prevention techniques you can use in the office, or give us a call today to learn more about our commercial pest control services.
How To Keep Pests Out Of The Office
If your house has a gap between the front door and the floor, you would likely work on sealing that up as soon as possible. For some reason, we often ignore the same issue in commercial spaces. If your entryways are not properly sealed, you can easily fix them with some cheap weatherstripping or talk to the property manager about getting it fixed.
Mice can squeeze through gaps about the size of a dime, so even a small gap is inviting critters and creepy crawlies into your office space.
Keep Food Away
Encourage your employees to keep their desk snacks tightly sealed and put away. This doesn’t mean “put that open bag of chips in your desk drawer.” Pests will still find it. Everything should be put in a sealed plastic container to eliminate the likelihood that pests will sniff out a snack. This includes personal snacks that employees bring as well as any community snacks that are offered.
Clean The Vents
Vents are the perfect place for spiders, cockroaches, and rodents to hide. Make sure to regularly have your vents cleaned to remove any potential inhabitants. Not only will this help with a commercial pest control problem, but clean vents can also keep your employees healthier. It’s a win-win!
Keep The HVAC Working
Speaking of vents, make sure that your HVAC system is regularly inspected and maintained properly. HVAC systems don’t only keep your office at a comfortable temperature. They also control the humidity in the building. Most pests, from rodents to termites and many in-between, are attracted to humid environments.
Watch Out For Plant Pests
Keeping plants in the office is a natural and easy way to add clean oxygen to the facilities. However, they are also a habitat for fruit flies, mites, and other creepy crawlies. These can easily spread from plant to plant, and before you know it, the whole office is infested with fruit flies. Remind your employees to regularly inspect their desk plants for insects and encourage them to take infested plants home until they can solve the problem.
Clean Up The Space
Rodents, cockroaches, and other bugs love having hiding places, and a cluttered office provides just that. Clean up the office by putting unused items on shelves in a designated storage closet. If employees’ desks are filled with trash or cluttered with items, encourage them to take home items that they don’t need or use regularly. A clean workspace can also boost employee morale, so you’re hitting two birds with one stone for this task.
Have Good Break Room Etiquette
Do your employees clean up after themselves in the break room? If not, it might be time to talk to them about break room etiquette. Solid food should be thrown in the trash and not left in the sink, which could attract drain flies. If there’s not a trash bag in the garbage can, they should either replace it or go find another trash can to use so that the can itself stays clean.
Get The Chores Done
Whether you have a cleaning crew or you tackle office janitorial tasks yourself, make sure that all of the chores get done. Floors should be regularly swept or vacuumed to get rid of food crumbs, tables should be disinfected, and bathrooms should be kept clean to keep the office sanitary and free of pests.
What To Do About A Commercial Pest Problem
Pest problems are never fun, especially when they affect your work environment. They can make the space feel dirty and chase away high-quality employees or clients.
The best way to tackle a pest problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Through services like quarterly pest maintenance and by following the tips above, you can reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation.
If you do notice unwanted pests in your commercial space, make sure you know who to call. Earthwise Pest Management is your commercial pest control company in Sacramento that you can depend on.
We use a method of pest control called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This type of commercial pest control focuses on eliminating factors that are attracting pests to your property. By doing this, we can offer a long-term pest control solution rather than a quick fix. Because we care about your health and the health of your employees, we limit our use of dangerous pesticides as much as possible and instead find other ways to manage pests.
If you need commercial pest control in Sacramento, Roseville, and Folsom, CA, give Earthwise Pest Management a call. We are happy to assess your facility and determine the best path forward to keep your office or other commercial space pest-free.