There is only so much you can do to keep pests away from your office. If your employees are not on board, you will continue battling with roaches, mosquitoes, termites and other pests in your workplace. Your workers play a critical role in determining the success of your pest control techniques. For this reason, there is a need to train them on proper practices to ensure that the office remains pest free. You can work with a commercial pest control service to implement a management plan. And here are some of the top things that your employees can do to keep away pests at the office.
Eat at designated areas
Where do your employees take their lunch? Do they eat from the office or is there a designated area for meals? If the latter is true, you should encourage your workers to make use of these eating areas. Taking meals from their desks can attract cockroaches and ants. If food spills on or under the working area or in the drawers, it may not be cleaned immediately. Between that time and the next cleaning, pests may have bred and spread in the office. However, with designated areas, they can always be cleaned after every meal, and this will discourage pests. Just make sure everyone is cleaning up after themselves in the common space as well.
Avoid overwatering plants
Indoor plants not only improve the kerb appeal in the office, but they also play an essential role in purifying the air. However, if these plants are overwatered, they can act as breeding grounds for pests, particularly fungus gnats. Fungus gnats thrive in damp soil. If your workers bring in ripe sugary fruits to the office, they will attract gnats. With wet soils nearby, the gnats can multiply and be a nuisance in the office. Ensure that the workers in charge of cleaning do not overwater plants. Also, discourage employees from pouring water on plants, but rather, use the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Use bins correctly
There are various types of bins for the office: those used to dispose of office materials, recycling bins and dumpsters for food. Mostly, you will find that recycling bins and trash cans for office waste are located inside the office for easy access. You may find that workers are dumping food in the improper bins. This can attract pests as well.
Pests such as roaches, raccoons and opossums, which tend to hang around dumpsters, will also be attracted to your premises if your dumpsters aren't emptied regularly. Also, place the office dumpster a significant distance from any doors.