Keeping Pests Out of Your Workplace – What Everyone Should Know

Keep Pests Out
Keep Pests Out

You have a business and everything is running just fine until you realize you have four and six-legged pests in the workplace. While it’s important to eradicate crawling, burrowing, or flying pests in their tracks, it’s equally important for you to keep employees safe from the germs and disease carried by these unwanted intruders.

Many types of pests find their way into office buildings for a variety of reasons. They’re usually on the hunt for available food, water, nesting area, or shelter from inclement weather.

The list is long of the types of pests you may find lodging in your office building. A few of the better known problematic pests include cockroaches, ants, spiders, fruit flies, and fungus gnats that generate from plants that have been watered to excess.

The four-legged furry pests no one wants to see roving the corridors are rats and mice. These pests are adept at squeezing into and under the smallest hole in search of food which can consist of fabric, plastic and paper.

If the building has any open area around the eaves, squirrels will make their way inside to set up housekeeping for a new batch of babies.

There’s plenty to do to contain, remove, and secure buildings with the services of the professionals at Stern Environmental Group.

If your business is being invaded by pests, call the experts. Our experienced technicians know how to eliminate pests efficiently and fast.

How Do You Know if You Have a Bed Bug Infestation in Your Office?

Fun Facts About Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs In The Office

Bed bugs are showing up more often in the NYC area in commercial buildings. If you’ve had employees complain about bug bites at work, it’s possible that your office has an infestation. However, keep in mind that other types of bugs, including fleas and mosquitos, can also cause bites. You’ll need to do some detective work to find out if bed bugs are the culprit.

Visible Signs of Bed Bugs

Check the furniture in your office for signs of bed bugs. If you don’t see the actual bugs, you might find tiny brown or black spots left behind by these critters. Look closely at bookcases, filing cabinets, desks and chairs for these spots, which are fecal matter from bed bugs.

Catching a Bed Bug

One of the most effective ways to determine whether or not you have an infestation is by trapping a bed bug. You can do this by placing clear packing tape around desk or chair legs with the adhesive side out. The tape will catch any bed bugs that walk across it.

Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs

Some dogs are trained to sniff out bed bugs, making it easier for you to find out if you have an infestation. These dogs can even find locations that bed bugs are hiding in.

Worried that you might have a bed bug infestation? Call Stern Environmental for nontoxic, effective NYC office bed bug treatment.

Landlords Beware! Prevent Pest Infestations before They Cause Legal Problems

Prevent Infestations
Prevent Infestations

From the landlord perspective, it’s reasonable to expect your tenants to take care of their own apartments — but the law requires a habitable home, including a pest-free environment.

In many cases, your tenant may be able to withhold rent, break the lease, or demand that you pay for pest control services. By the time the situation has boiled over into housing court, the costs run far higher than commercial pest management programs to prevent infestations.

Be Proactive and Hire a Professional

Landlords may be tempted to take the DIY route and treat a unit on their own. Laws in New York and other states, however, state that you must be a licensed exterminator to treat apartments.

Using the wrong chemicals or too much of them can result in additional health risks. For prevention and extermination, you need a commercial pest management company to determine the best course of action.

Beware of Bed Bugs

In the New York and New Jersey area, bed bugs continue to attack and infest multi-unit dwellings in great numbers. Tenants are very likely to raise a legal battle over bed bug problems in apartments because of the health risks and property damage involved. Put things on lockdown and hire a bed bug exterminator.

Untreated pest infestations can lead to enormous legal costs and damaged reputations for landlords. Before the problem grows, talk to Stern Environmental Group about treatment services for landlords.

Do You Use Storage Facilities? How to Protect Your Goods from Pests

Don't Let Mice and Rats Move In
Keeping Pests Out Of Storage

Self-storage facilities are extremely susceptible to pest infestations. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to protect your customer’s property at your storage center.

Encourage Customers to store stuff safely:

  • Avoid attention.
    Attractants such as food, live plants, bags, boxes and paper goods are attractive to pests and increase your risk of infestation.
  • Tighten up.
    Air and watertight plastic containers are superior to cardboard for preventing infestation, and raised pallets prevent pests from hiding underneath items. Covering holes with silicon caulk around pipes and wires discourages infestation as well.
  • Take out the trash.
    Clean items prior to packing and keep your storage area clear of trash.
  • Inspect.
    Routine professional pest inspections can prevent the spread of infestation, as can examining items thoroughly before moving them back to your home. If you notice infestations, notify the facility manager ASAP.
  • Stay dry.
    Eliminate moisture in and around units, as it attracts pests.
  • Landscape.
    Keep pest-harboring trees, bushes and weeds trimmed and well away from storage areas.

Be on guard against these top pests:

  • Rodents
    Gnawing causes severe damage in short time, and droppings pose a significant health risk.
  • Roaches
    Spread a host of human diseases including 33 types of bacteria and 6 parasitic worms, and can live for a month without food!
  • Bedbugs
    Excellent hitchhikers. Can live for more than a year without blood meal and withstand temperature extremes from nearly freezing to 122 degrees.

Self-storage stowaways taking over your property? Contact Stern Environmental today!

Rats and Roaches Provide Eradication Challenge for Hospitals

Rats And Roaches
Rats And Roaches

No one, no where, at any time, wants to deal with an infestation of mice, rats, cockroaches, fleas, ants, and bedbugs, but that seems to be a major problem the National Health Service (NHS) is dealing with in the UK.

Over the period of one day, the publicly funded NHS has had to call on professional pest control services an average of 19 times each and every day. That’s 19 times, or nearly 600 times a month when pest eradication is necessary. Unfortunately, problem pests are making an appearance, doing damage, spreading germs, and subjecting patients to bodily harm.

It’s difficult to imagine, in this day and time, rats in a surgery unit, bite marks on patients in mental health wards, cockroaches roaming over, under, and around beds and equipment, and ants crawling over patients and taking up residence in the maternity ward. Hard to believe but a true report by the Daily Mail.

Thankfully, in the US commercial businesses can rely on expert help from our technicians at the Stern Environmental Group. At Stern, we have the knowledge, experience, and means to take care of mice infestations as well as any other creepy, crawly, climbing or flying pests.

If your business is being infiltrated by pests, it’s time to get serious about pest control. Contact us today by phone or email so we can take the necessary steps to make your business pest free.