Unwanted Visitors Bugging You? Tips for a Pest-Free Workplace

By:  Victor Shell
Director of Safety & Transportation

Seems like many have encountered snakes and other pests on their yards lately. Vermin and pests are never welcome guests in the work environment. Be sure to regularly inspect your workplace for any possible infestations. Employees should always make sure that they are doing their part to mitigate and prevent the risk of a possible invasion. Overgrown weeds along fence lines are a perfect place for pests to reside. By identifying problem areas, pest infestations can be easier to manage. For example, break rooms are nesting grounds for small critters that are attracted to leftover food and beverage spills. Flies and ants like to feed on leftover beverage splashes that are often found in break room areas.

Critters also thrive in workplace bathrooms. In most cases, flies, larvae, and silverfish enter through drains and pipes that have a higher buildup of bacteria. If there is structural damage, they can also find pathways and enter through cracks and holes. In both cases, if bugs appear, they can multiply and become a nuisance. Some of these critters may also carry bacteria and germs that can increase your employees’ chances of becoming sick.
Do you have employees that like to shoot trash baskets with their cans of soda? During these three-point shot attempts, spills and messes are likely to happen. Remind employees that they should always clean up after themselves during break time. Ask employees to dispose of refrigerated products, and not leave foods to rot. When storing food and beverages, they should make sure that containers and lids are sealed tightly. Limit the ability to allow employees to bring food and beverages outside of break rooms and into working areas. They should never bring consumable products into bathrooms.

Remind employees that they are responsible for their own working areas. Any trash or clutter should be disposed of right away. Bugs may be hiding underneath areas where clutter has been left to sit for long periods of time. This means keeping indoor areas free of clutter to avoid creating “housing” for pests and keeping outdoor areas clear to eliminate breeding areas that may cause pests to start moving indoors. Most lumber yards are outside and not under shelter, so you will encounter unwanted visitors but let’s keep them to a minimum. 

Enjoy your (hopefully pest-free) summer.