Pest invasions are not only a potential problem in the home, but also in the workplace. Office buildings and work premises often offer rodents and other pests, water and food sources, as well as shelter. The presence of rodents in the workplace is particularly dangerous due to their tendency to spread viruses and parasites. Having people working in close proximity with these risks endangers the health of all staff members.
Workplaces are often a great source of food for pests, as most work premises contain kitchens or other food preparation areas used by staff members. With so many people using these facilities every week, crumbs and food particles quickly build up in these areas. Many people also store non-refrigerated items in the cupboards or drawers of the work kitchen, which if not sealed properly, will attract pests. In addition to this, many office workers will often snack on the go, or eat food at their computers or desks. This means more crumbs, attracting more pests. Workplaces that are surrounded by fruit trees or bushes are also known to attract pests.
Water is also a great attraction to pests. All pests require water to survive, and rodents and ants are drawn to bodies of water, especially of they occur near food sources. This means leaking taps, sinks and pipes (both indoors and outdoors) as well as bird feeders and birdbaths, can attract unwanted pests. Leaving water in the sink or in glasses or bowls can also attract pests.
Pests and particularly rodents, like to hide from view where it is quite and dark. Office buildings are wrought with cracks, openings, utility entries, pipes and ventilation ducts which provide perfect shelter for rodents. If cracks are not filled with concrete, mortar, steel wool or metal flashing, pest have a direct route into the building. It is also important to be aware of your outdoor workplace environment Shrubs and foliage bordering the building, tree limbs over hanging the building, and vines hanging off the building, also offer pests another method of entry if not properly pruned and cut back. Outdoors storage sheds that are not mounted on concrete slabs may also encourage rodents to tunnel and use the shed as shelter.
Common signs of rodents include, spotting rats or mice, especially in the early hours of the morning or late at night. Other signs may include spotting rodent droppings around the workplace, especially in kitchens or food preparation areas and on attics and wall beams. There may also be evidence of food packaging being nibbled or gnawed within bins, cupboards, and drawers. Ants are usually reasonably easy to spot, appearing as long marching lines that lead to and from water or food sources. If you have found evidence of rodents or other pests at your workplace, contact www.trustedpestmanagement.com.au/.
By Grace Patterson
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