While many people are more concerned with pests at home, there are office pests too. These pests are oftentimes an unpleasant surprise during the workday. In this article, we explore the most common office pests and how you can prevent them. Read on to arm yourself against any unwelcome office pests that await your return to work.
Are Your Spidey-Senses Tingling?
Spiders are a very common office pest. Oftentimes, they reside in dry, untouched places in the office. Corners of storage closets and air vents are particularly common. The good news is that most spiders found in an office are not dangerous. Typically, venomous spiders live far away from where humans build their offices.
There are two key ways to reduce spider sightings in your office.
Firstly, eliminate other pests. Spiders feed on many of the bugs that humans consider pests. If the pest population is not high enough, spiders will move on. They want the easiest option possible for dinner.
Additionally, spiders love to hideaway in cluttered areas that are mostly untouched. Eliminating clutter removes the environment that spiders love. If the clutter must remain, make sure that the area is regularly dusted.
The Ants Go Marching One By One
Ants love when food is left unsealed and unsupervised. That means that they are especially common in office areas such as the break room. A lot of ants are drawn to sugar, but some are simply drawn to any food source. Leftovers, unsealed containers, and even garbage cans are all ant magnets.
Fortunately, because we know what attracts them, we can avoid those things. Make sure that everyone stores their food in airtight containers whether it is in the fridge, the cabinets, or their desk. Additionally, make sure that every trash can in the office is emptied every night.
The bad news is, where there is one ant, there is often a colony. So be on the lookout, the earlier you spot ants, the easier they are to get rid of.
As Quiet As A Church Mouse
Mice, rats, and other small rodents are another group of unfortunate office pests. Rodents are one of the most commonly reported office pests. This may be in part due to their size. While mice aren’t very big, they are certainly bigger than ants.
Additionally, rodents are among some of the most destructive office pests. They are known for chewing on equipment and products. the little pests are particularly fond of wires and duct work. This means that not only are they attacking items in the office, they attack essential parts of the office itself.
If rodents infest your break room or other food storage areas, those areas must be deep cleaned. They are notorious carriers of disease and actually pose serious dangers to health and safety in the office.