At Earthwise Pest Management in Sacramento, we are dedicated to providing our community with safe and effective pest management. We utilize an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process that allows us to remove infestations and prevent the pests from returning while minimizing our use of pesticides. We believe that providing an environmentally-responsible form of pest control is an important part of our job and a way that we can have a positive effect on our community. Contact the Sacramento pest control experts at Earthwise Pest Management today for a free quote on office building pest control services.

Places in Office Buildings that Attract Pests

When pests like rodents, ants, and cockroaches are searching for a new home, they look for a place that can provide them with food, water, and shelter. They can find this in the form of standing water left in a sink, crumbs left in the breakroom, or a nice dark place to hide under boxes in the store room. And once a pest finds a place to call home, they create a nest and begin to reproduce, and before you know it, you’re dealing with an entire infestation that seems to have come out of nowhere. 

Pest infestations can occur in the blink of an eye, and once they do, the pests can begin to spread disease, eat holes in your inventory, and disrupt the workplace. You don’t want a pest infestation to make employees sick or ruin expensive inventory. Below, we are going to discuss some of the most common places in office buildings that pests are attracted to and how to make your office building less hospitable for pests. 


The Break Room

The break room is one of the most vulnerable areas in an office building when it comes to pest infestations. It’s almost inevitable that employees will leave behind a few crumbs or that standing water will be left in the sink. Combine that with the cabinets that are available in most break rooms for storage and you are offering pests water, food, and shelter all in one area. 

Keeping the break room clean is a must to avoid a pest infestation in office buildings. The room should be cleaned thoroughly every night after work and employees should be encouraged to clean up after themselves. Providing some all-purpose cleaner, paper towels, dish soap, and a sponge can give employees a way to wipe up their crumbs, clean out their food containers, and wipe down the sink after each use. Employees should also be encouraged to keep food in the refrigerator, rather than out on the counter. When someone brings in donuts, cake, cookies, or another treat for the team, these foods should be kept in the refrigerator or in a tightly sealed container to deter pests from finding a meal. 


Employees’ Desks

Your employees work hard and there is no reason that they shouldn’t be able to drink their morning coffee or have a snack at their desk while they work. But if this is not closely monitored, it can turn into a situation that creates a perfect environment for pests. If your employees’ desks are not being cleaned thoroughly, they could be providing both a food and water source for pests. 

Employees should be required to keep food in tightly sealed containers while they are not eating. Also, food and drinks should not be left at work stations overnight and employees should clean up any crumbs in their area before leaving for the night. In addition, trash cans throughout the office should be emptied on a daily basis. An employee eating and drinking at their desk should not be a concern unless they are leaving behind crumbs, food waste, or liquid that will attract pests. 


The Dumpster

The dumpster at your office building can often attract pests — especially if it is not sealed and contains food waste and moisture, which most dumpsters inevitably do. Dumpsters can provide pests with a food source, water source, and a dark place to hide. If dumpsters are not maintained properly and are stored too close to the building, they will attract pests that will eventually make their way into your office building. 

Dumpsters should be kept away from the building. If your office building has its own parking lot, keeping the dumpster on the other side of it can be an option. Dumpsters should also be kept tightly sealed and locked when they are not in use. While pests may be attracted by the smell, if they cannot gain access to the waste inside, they are less likely to call your dumpster their new home. 


The Bathrooms

Bathrooms can attract pests because there is typically some sort of standing water. Whether this is from the toilets or water left behind in the sink after employees wash their hands, small pests like ants and cockroaches don’t require much water to survive. Pests can also be attracted to the trash cans kept in bathrooms. 

To make the bathroom in your office building less attractive to pests, make sure that they are kept clean. You may even want to encourage your employees to wipe down the sink after washing their hands, but the best way to keep pests away from your bathroom is to frequently empty the trash cans and keep it as clean as possible. 


Store Rooms

The store room where you keep your office supplies like paper, pens, staples, and tissues won’t usually provide a food or water source for pests. Even if you store bottled water and some snacks in your store room, chances are that the packages are all sealed. However, the store room provides an excellent place for pests like rodents to hide out and nest. The stacks of boxes and supplies creates a nice dark, dry place for pests to live and breed.

To keep pests from living in your store room, make sure you keep clutter to a minimum and frequently sweep under shelving. Regularly cleaning this room will also help to ensure that no pests are calling your store room home. 

Common Types of Pests Found in Sacramento Office Buildings

While Sacramento is home to many pests including ants, cockroaches, spiders, termites, bed bugs, and more, there are certain pests that are more likely to make their home in an office building. Understanding which pests are most common in office buildings can help you prevent an infestation by ensuring that your space does not provide ideal conditions for any of these pests to live in. 

Ants

Ants come in many different species and each type has different preferences to their ideal living environment. Some ants prefer a moist area, while others prefer dry. Some ants will even dig a tunnel through the wooden furniture or beams in your office so that they can get around unnoticed. Ants are notoriously difficult to get rid of once they decide on a home and the best way to remove an ant infestation is with help from a professional pest control company like Earthwise Pest Management. 

Cockroaches

Cockroaches will look for a place to live that will provide them with plenty of water, food, and a dark place to hide. And once cockroaches decide they want to live in your office building, you won’t be able to get rid of them just by removing their food source because cockroaches can live an entire month without eating. Cockroaches are notorious for spreading diseases like staph infection, salmonella, and other bacteria that cause serious illnesses. If you have Cockroaches in your office building, the Sacramento pest control experts at Earthwise Pest Management can help.

Rodents

Rodents are another pest that are well known for spreading disease. They scamper around searching for food through your trash cans and other bacteria-ridden areas and then climb up on to your counter where you prepare food and spread the bacteria in a place where it could contaminate your next meal. Rodents can also chew holes through boxes in the store room and ruin expensive inventory while they are searching for food, water, and shelter. 

Moths

In Sacramento, there are several species of moths. Some prefer clothing and textiles, while others snack on dry goods. A moth infestation can happen very quickly without anyone noticing until it is beyond the point of controlling with DIY methods because people don’t consider moths as much of a pest as cockroaches, ants, or rodents. But a moth infestation can end up costing you a lot of money in ruined inventory if it is left untreated. 

Spiders

Spiders don’t live in nests of hundreds or thousands like some other pests, but that doesn’t mean that they are a pest that you want living in your office building. At Earthwise Pest Management, we can handle spiders of any kind from daddy long legs and common house spiders to brown recluse and black widows. No matter what your spider problem looks like, the Sacramento pest control experts can deal with it safely and effectively. 

The Benefits of Professional Sacramento Pest Control in Office Buildings

Pest control in an office building environment is not something that you want to take on yourself. While there are plenty of DIY pest control solutions available at your local hardware store, these are not necessarily pest control methods that will efficiently keep the pests out of your office building. DIY pest solutions are more geared toward home use and can have unpredictable results. When it comes to keeping your office building pest-free, you want to have consistently effective results like those that can be provided by a professional pest control company like Earthwise Pest Management. Read on to learn about some of the many benefits of professional pest control in office buildings. 


Protects Your Employees From Diseases Spread by Pests

One of the main reasons that you do not want to risk a pest infestation in your office building is because they spread diseases. Ants, cockroaches, rodents, and other pests can spread rat-bite fever, salmonella, plague, staph infection, and many others. You don’t want to inadvertently expose your employees to these dangerous diseases by not handling a pest infestation the correct way. When you hire the Sacramento pest control experts at Earthwise Pest Management, you can be sure that your office building is pest-free and we will help ensure that it remains that way so there are no pests spreading diseases to you or your employees. 


Keeps Your Inventory Safe

Pests like rodents, ants, moths, and others can destroy your inventory. They can chew through boxes and eat textiles, ruining inventory that will have to be paid for again to be replaced. When you hire a professional pest control company, you won’t have to worry about finding inventory in your store room that was damaged by pests. 


You Can Be Confident That Your Office Building Is Pest-Free

DIY pest control results are typically mediocre at best. When you hire a professional pest control company for your office building, you can be absolutely confident that your space is pest-free. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the pest control methods used are working or whether a pest infestation will come back once it’s dealt with. At Earthwise Pest Management in Sacramento, we will remove any current infestations and work with you to help prevent any further pest problems. 


Protects Your Employees From Pesticides

Handling pesticides is not something you want to do on your own. Pesticides should only be administered by a professional pest control company that has the right education, training, and experience to handle and spray the pesticides in a safe manner. When you choose to work with Earthwise Pest Management for your office building pest control needs, you can be sure that your employees are safe from pesticides because we only use the best scientifically-tested, natural, and botanical products available. 


Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Process

Choosing to work with the Sacramento pest control experts from Earthwise Pest Management means that we will safely and effectively remove a pest infestation and help you to prevent any future problems with our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process. This process consists of three stages where we learn everything we can about the pests so we can understand how the pests entered your building, where they are finding food and water, where they are nesting, how big the nest is, the exact type of pest we are dealing with, and any other information that allows us to discover the most efficient way to get rid of the pests with minimizing our use of pesticides. At Earthwise Pest Management, we care about your business, the environment, and our community, and that’s why we use this environmentally responsible pest control method.