There is quite honestly nothing worse than opening up your office in the morning to discover an infestation of insects have found their way into your premises. Whilst these incidents can’t always be helped, there are certainly steps, predominantly in regard to facility hygiene, that you can take to help keep pests at bay. In fact, a comprehensive and thorough facilities management strategy should always include an element of pest control prevention within its approach to avoid unwanted infestations.

 

  1. Bins

 

An overflowing bin can be a breeding ground for pests. Ensure that all your bins are changed daily and washed with a strong antibacterial cleaner regularly, so any food or drink residue is removed. You should also try to make sure that all your bins have self-closing lids to make it more difficult for pests to gain access.

 

  1. Drains

 

It is important that any drains that are used for food waste are regularly inspected and cleaned. Food can become stuck in the piping which can cause blockages as well as creating odours. This can attract pests.

 

  1. Sealing

 

Ensure that any gaps, cracks or holes in your building’s façade are sealed quickly and efficiently, this includes all doors and windows. Closing these spaces prevents any pests from gaining unwanted access to your building.

 

  1. Rooftops

 

Roofs should be inspected on a regular occasion to ensure no pest infestations. Areas of concern are pooling water, which can breed insects such as mosquitos, disintegrating seals, which allow easy entry for pests, and dirty gutters.

 

  1. Regular Cleaning

 

It goes without saying, but a clean and hygienic facility is generally a pest free facility. Regular cleaning ensures that anything that attract pests, such food debris dropped on the floor, are cleaned up quickly. Employing a regular cleaning company will guarantee that this is all dealt with. You may also want to treat your facility to a one-off deep clean, to ensure that every single nook and cranny of your office is cleaned, ensuring that no stone (or crumb) is left unturned.