Having a pest infestation at hand isn’t a problem that you will face only in residential areas. Melbourne’s commercial hubs and offices provide plenty of bait and have a fairly good environment for insects and pests.
Since your house is continually in use and has a regular stock of food along with nesting areas and moisture it naturally will attract more pests.
However office spaces could turn out to be just as welcoming! To start with employees spend a large part of their day in an office so they automatically take to personalizing their work space and treating it like their second home which is why before you know it you land up with a pest infestation problem in the office.
There sure must be a few of you wondering what the reason to this may be. It’s simple, with favorable conditions and a steady food source a pest infestation is just around the corner and it won’t be easy to tend to their removal and control unless of course you get the professionals involved.
The thing about Melbourne’s commercial spaces and offices is that unlike homes these places remain uninhabited for a few hours every day in the very least.
This enables the pests to tour their territory and mark out damage which you aren’t even around to see. And it isn’t just because employees stack food around or drop crumbs it could even be plants, fabrics and stationary that attract a pest infestation.
The first thing to do is identify just what the different types of pests are that might be attracted to your office.
I don’t need to say much for you to know how tireless and powerful these pests are. You sure would have noticed them at some point take over your kitchen or home by sheer number.
Food crumbs and sugary spills make for the ideal call out to ants that can creep in through crevices in the wall and flooring or even larger spaces like doors and windows.
These are next in line and can be just as damaging as they spread several diseases just by moving from place to place.
They feed on food that is easily available and thrive in the harshest of conditions so once you’ve got an infestation at hand it’s nearly impossible to control them without seeking professional help for inspection and their removal.
They are most likely to get in through vents, open doors, windows, bathrooms etc.
Rats & mice
These are the ‘larger’ pests as they can be spotted much easily as is the damage done by them.
Often people tend to stock up food at their work stations which rats and mice will finally sniff out.
It is only a sudden inspection that reveals that the ‘mice have been at play’. An open door window or vent is all it takes for them to get in.
Better classified as creepy crawlers these pests can also pose as a threat in your office. It is close to impossible to keep then out as they creep in through cracks windows slots, etc.
What’s worse is that they further attract predators who feed on them, which in short means an even more heterogeneous pest infestation for you.
Termites & Fleas
These aren’t pests that attack when pets are around. They could get in through rats and mice or even by employees who have pets at home.
As commercial areas tend to be carpeted it only invites them to stay around longer and bite employees.
Which areas should I look out for pest infestations?
Your office could easily transform into problem areas if you do not take care. Work desks, pantries, garbage canisters, vents, cupboards and desks are easy spots for pests to hoard together and make their home.
If continuous building pest inspection does not take place then unknown to you, you will actually be harbouring a pest problem. Even when you do hire the services of a professional pest control service they themselves will look out in all these places.
Are there any hacks I can use to keeps pests at bay?
Here are certain things to do to avoid developing an infestation problem.
As employees spend a lot of time at their desks they do tend to stock up food as they would at home however, when it comes to cleaning up they do not exercise the same cleaning habits.
Ensure you ask them to dispose of food items, clean off any crumbs and store fruits and sugary items in tightly-sealed containers or dispose of them before they turn over-ripe.
Moisture is one of the main lookouts for pests. It helps create the perfect environment for them.
Leaking taps, pipes and faucets or potted plants in the office keep the water caught up in those areas which makes it inviting for pests like cockroaches, spiders, rats, ants, termites, etc.
Take out the trash
Ensure the garbage in your office is disposed of on a daily basis. This eliminates a food source for pests like ants, cockroaches, and mice to snack on.
This also includes not allowing dishes to stack up for washing in the pantry area. You’d be surprised at how left-over food grease on plates attracts pests to your office.
Seal entry points
Cracks, crevices, broken spots on doors and windows are gateways to your office which you are most likely to forget to inspect.
These need to be sealed off so that no pests big or small can enter in. And it saves you the hassle for control and removal of unwanted critters.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Ensure drains are cleaned from time to time this ensures that your office does not develop a foul smelling stench. Clean drains also make the area extra sanitary for rats, mice and cockroaches to live there and make your office more hygienic.
In addition, it is advisable that you constantly take initiative toward the upkeep of the office and tend to any repair needs.
Regular Pest inspection
Get a professional pest control service to regularly come and treat your office so as to maintain the office environment in a way that deters pests from wanting to come in.
Little efforts like these will go a long way in keeping you safe from the hassle of a pest infestation! So go ahead and take a step towards a pest free environment.