Pest Control For Commercial Office Buildings
Office buildings can be especially vulnerable to pests. From single unit offices to commercial high-rises with multiple commercial offices, no space is immune to pests. Between visitors regularly coming in and out, leaving entryways open, to staff unknowingly bringing in pests through their personal belongings, pests can get into your office building without you even noticing.
Once pests get into your office, they may multiply, creating a nuisance for both employees and property managers. Depending on the severity of the infestation, pests can also play a role in both disrupting operations and causing significant maintenance and sanitation issues.
Using over 71 years of industry leading expertise and knowledge in pest management, we have put together a list of the most common pests you need to watch for in your commercial office building.
Common Pests To Watch Out For In Your Office Building
Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers and can hide in the belongings of employees and visitors. From briefcases and purses to laptops and laptop bags, bed bugs can get into your office building without raising the alarm. From there, these pesky pests can multiply and spread rapidly throughout the office units within your building.
No office is immune, as sanitation does not play a factor in whether or not you get bed bugs. Recognizing the signs of bed bugs early on, monitoring and periodic inspections can be critical in stopping a large-scale bed bug takeover of your office. In order to keep your office protected against bed bugs, it is important to have a professional bed bug removal specialist to manage your issue.
Cockroaches (mainly the German cockroach and American cockroach) are a common pest for any office building. As organic waste in lunchrooms, kitchens or kitchenettes provide ideal conditions for cockroaches to thrive. These pests are also nocturnal, making it harder for you to recognize a possible infestation growing in your office building.
In office buildings with atriums or solariums with tropical plants, certain species of cockroaches such as Australian and Surinam cockroaches can burrow in the potting or planting soils without alerting any operational staff. These cockroaches also feed on the roots of the plants, creating a maintenance issue for your plants in the process.
As visitors and employees come in and out of the office building, this leaves an opening for ants (mainly Pavement ants and Pharaoh ants) to enter. As ants look for warm indoor spaces in order to nest, making large office buildings or commercial high-rise properties a perfect option. As many species of ants usually establish colonies indoors within voids in office walls, in building foundations, behind baseboards and refrigerators.
Pest birds such as pigeons, starlings, sparrows and Canadian geese can be a huge nuisance to any office building, as these pests present a number of different issues for any building operator. As pests, birds can transmit a number of different diseases through their droppings, which are especially dangerous to people with compromised immune systems. Pest birds may also carry a number of different ectoparasites like fleas, mites, and ticks. All of these ectoparasites have the ability to transmit diseases to clients, employees, and visitors.
Pest birds can also damage buildings by nesting in small crevices, drains, and gutters. creating drainage issues and fire hazards in the process. Pest bird droppings can also stick to buildings, potentially eroding and potentially compromising the structure.
Fruit flies can be a nuisance for any office space. Fruit flies can either found their way inside your office building by following the odours of ripe fruit or breed inside the office if there is potential breeding source such as over stayed, stale recycling beverage cans and bottles, poorly maintained garbage receptacles in lunchrooms.
Once they are in your office building, one fruit can multiply rapidly into hundreds in only a few days, when ideal conditions are present.
Fungus gnats are known to be pests of greenhouses and nurseries, but they can also infest office buildings with interior potted plants and rooftop gardens. Frequently, they use office ventilation system to enter indoors. Although they do not bite or transmit disease-causing organisms, their presence can be a nuisance not only for staff, but also for those responsible for the maintenance of the interior and exterior plants.
These pests feed on plant roots during the larval stage of their life cycle; in doing so, they damage the roots and stunt the growth of the plants. Adults and larvae may also spread plant pathogens that can cause collar rot, root rot, damping off, and wire stem diseases.
Phorid flies & Drain flies
Phorid flies and drain flies might be one of the more common pest flies in office buildings. Unlike the common fruit fly, phorid flies can be more apt to roam and invade the entire office building rather than staying near their food source. Phorid flies feed on and breed in moist decaying organic matter, so they also spread bacteria and disease.
Office buildings with poor maintenance, leaky pipes and sanitary practices are more prone to drain flies. As these pests feed on decomposing organic matter and sewage, commonly found in lunchrooms and washroom facilities. Though drain flies are not known to bite or transmit any diseases to humans, the dense fuzzy hairs on the body can trigger bronchial asthma in susceptible individuals. Female drain flies can also deposit anywhere from 30 to 100 eggs, so an untreated fly issue may eventually lead to hundreds of flies infesting your office space, creating a disruption to operations for all office employees.
As spiders prefer dark environments, office buildings and high-rise commercial spaces offer ideal conditions for them to thrive. As dark spaces like maintenance supply rooms, basements, parking garages, storage rooms and corners of rooms provide common harbourage areas within office buildings. This is because these areas are usually quiet, undisturbed and allow spiders to become established within the space.
Though they may seem scary, spiders actually try to avoid contact with humans. And while there are a few types of spider bites that can be dangerous to humans, such as the brown recluse, spider bites are uncommon and rarely fatal.
Office buildings should be spaces for employees not pests. If you want to ensure your office building is professionally protected, contact us today!
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Orkin Canada will provide you with the industry's best integrated commercial pest management service, combining all available methods of preventing pests.
Orkin Canada technicians will carry out a comprehensive check of all your commercial facilities, to identify pest-activity zones.
Your Orkin Canada technicians will conduct a facility layout analysis, noting all current and potential problem areas.
You, your employees, and your customers should submit pest reports to Orkin Canada, giving the location and time of any sighting.
Your Orkin Canada technicians will create an integrated pest management program tailored specifically to your facilities.
Your integrated pest management program will be centred around a daily sanitation schedule, focused on reducing specific risk factors.
Your Orkin Canada technicians will expertly, safely, and humanely treat any pest infestations, using eco-friendly products wherever possible.
Orkin Canada will provide your business with ongoing pest control monitoring and maintenance, to make sure your pest problem has been eliminated.
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The A.I.M. Approach
Our three-step service approach integrates the most advanced pest control technology and industry knowledge available. Our customized plans are designed to completely remove the pest problem and to protect your [home/business] from future invaders.
Your Orkin Canada technician will inspect every inch of your entire home, inside and out, looking for anywhere the pest may be hiding or nesting.
Your Orkin Canada technician will expertly treat the infested areas to eradicate your pest problem. They will also advise on how to stop the pests returning to your home in the future.
For peace of mind, we will conduct regular inspections of your home after initial treatment to make sure your pest problem is truly solved.
24-Hour Response Guarantee
When you see a pest, you need service right away. Orkin Canada will respond to your request within 24 hours.
If you are not completely satisfied with a regularly scheduled treatment, we will re-treat the area, or refund your last monthly payment.
If your company is fined by a regulatory agency due solely to a pest infestation, Orkin Canada will reimburse you for up to 6 months of service.*
*Your account must be current, under contract for more than 60 days, and you must be compliant with sanitation and structural requests as noted in Orkin Canada's service reports.
Our Commercial Triple Guarantee
Resolving your pest problem is our #1 priority. If re-treatment is required, we'll provide immediate services at no extra cost. If your expectations are not met, we guarantee a full refund of your service payment.
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