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Office Cleaning Tips for Pest Control

by | Oct 6, 2017 | Clean Workplace Tips, Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company

Fall is here–and with it–a seemingly endless hoard of spiders, insects, and rodents.

Insects, such as beetles, flies, ladybugs, or grass bugs will seek out warmth and shelter for the winter.

Often, especially if it is frigid and they struggle to find a heat source and food, the insects will begin to die off in droves.

The bugs, dead or alive, attract other pests looking for warmth and an easy meal, such as rats and mice, causing more problems, especially for businesses.

Adding to the problem is the myth of spider invasions, when in fact, few species in the U.S. have adapted to live both inside and out.

The accumulation of insects, mice or rats, and spiders everywhere gives the false impression of poor quality commercial cleaning services, when in fact, it is a long-overdue pest control problem.

 

 

 

The Myth of the Fall Spider Invasion

Why does it seem like there are so many spiders inside during the Fall?

Because they were probably already there.

A very small percentage of spiders have adapted to live inside; the vast portion of the remainder will die if they cannot return outside within a few days.

According to the Burke Museum;

[sic]…outdoor spider species are not adapted to indoor conditions. Any North American spider that needed artificial shelter for the winter, would have been extinct long before Europeans arrived! Spiders are “cold-blooded” and not attracted to warmth. They don’t shiver or get uncomfortable when it’s cold, they just become less active and eventually, dormant. Most temperate zone spiders have enough “antifreeze” in their bodies that they won’t freeze at any temperature down to -5° C.; some can get colder. The few typical outdoor spiders that do end up indoors, die or at least don’t reproduce.

Myth: Spiders come indoors in the fall

So, why do you see so many spiders in the Fall?

[sic]…their appearance coincides with the mating season of the given species. What you are seeing is sexually mature males wandering in search of mates.

Spiders are not invading your house for the winter — they are hiding out there all year

Insects Seeking Shelter

There are several common species of insect that do seek shelter inside during the winter.

Most are benign, like lady and grass bugs, while others can be a nuisance, such as beetles and flies.

Once the bugs find a way into the home, you may initially notice a few, which appear to multiply by the hundreds overnight.

According to Zap Termite and Pest Control;

You may first spot one or two of these insects, but that number may multiply seemingly overnight. In some cases, you may have hundreds of these bugs invading your home.

Do Bugs and Pests Come Inside During the Winter?

Rat and Mice Infestations

Unlike outdoor insects, rats are a significant problem for homes and businesses alike.

Their urine and feces contaminate food; they carry several diseases, as well as other pests, such as fleas, lice, and ticks.

They occasionally bite babies.

Their presence can be financially devastating for businesses, who may not even know they are infested until the tale-tell signs of droppings begin to appear.

Mice have been tied to elevated instances of asthma.

Commercial cleaning services and pest control alone cannot stop rodent infestations.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, it takes a village;

When one dwelling is infested, it’s likely the immediate neighborhood is, too. That’s why rodents are so difficult for one homeowner to control. Rodents are a community problem. Effective control necessitates that all homeowners in a community work together to eliminate sources of food, water, and shelter.

Rats and Mice

Green Commercial Cleaning Solutions

The easiest way to stop pest and rodent infestations is to locate and seal their entrances.

These are usually cracks or holes in walls, foundation, or roofs, especially older ones with attics.

Ideally, the best advice is to contact a professional exterminator to deal with the problem, then contact an experienced commercial cleaning company to do some deep cleaning after the infestation has been eliminated.

Otherwise, you end up wasting time and money dealing with the symptoms of the problem, as opposed to the root-cause.

For those of you who prefer the green do-it-yourself method, we have prepared a list of resources:

Takeaway

Spider, insect, and rodent infestations are a problem for everyone.

Pests cause damage to our homes and businesses, carry diseases, and contribute to health problems.

In order to resolve it, we must go after the core of the issue which means sealing up entry points into the building to prevent outside pests from getting in, and eliminating inside species of spiders at their source, which typically requires the expertise of professional exterminators.

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