Can Bed Bugs Infest Places of Work?
Most people consider bed bugs a household pest and would never consider the possibility of a bed bug infestation at their workplace.
A 2015 survey has found that 45 percent of pest control professionals have dealt with bed bugs in the workplace.
Controlling bed bug infestation at workplaces poses unique challenges. It is a complex environment, and unlike homes, in workplaces visual inspection is difficult and early detection is rare. Bed bugs are often spread over a wide area and identifying the point of introduction can be extremely difficult. Even after elimination, there is always a threat of re-introduction and there are various legal and human resources issues involved.
What Should be Done?
Survey the Premises for an Infestation
- The staff should be educated on what bed bugs look like and how they can identify them
- Whenever a bed bug is spotted, get the entire area carefully inspected as soon as possible
- Bed bugs are often difficult to spot in the open as they stay hidden. So, look for them in the right places. Inspect the seams and folds in lockers, cubicle walls, baseboards, upholstery, furniture corners and joints, switches, electrical outlets, and other corners.
What should you do if you find bed bugs at your workplace?
- Notify your employer or supervisor immediately
- Do not attempt to kill or crush them before you have a professional identify them
- Use a tightly sealed plastic bag or pill bottle to store the bed bug to get it identified by a bed bug exterminator
- If possible isolate the area where bed bugs were found
Take preventive measures now
- Properly clean and vacuum the entire premises including the office, lobby, kitchen, hallway, public bathrooms, and storefronts.
- Carry out a regular inspection of the workplace and look for signs of bed bug infestation. Look for reddish or brownish spots on upholstery and seams of furniture. Make sure all employees are vigilant and keep on the lookout for any signs of an infestation
- Avoid clutter: This will make sure that there are no hiding spots for these nasty pests
- Inspect the supplies and inventory: Whenever you receive a new shipment you should inspect all the items and their packaging and look for signs of a bed bug infestation before you bring it to the workplace
- Encourage reporting: Some employees may simply ignore the signs or may not consider it important enough to report signs of bed bugs. Educate employees on the benefits of timely and honest reporting. This will also encourage them to make efforts towards not unknowingly bringing these pests to the workplace from home.
- As soon as you discover a bed bug infestation, get in touch with a pest control professional at B & D Pest Solutions to control the infestation and carry out follow up inspections to prevent reintroduction of these bugs into the workplace.
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