With the surge in bed bug infestations in the past ten years, the nasty critters have infiltrated homes, hotels, schools, libraries and even hospitals. They spread to just about anywhere that humans exist. It makes sense then that bed bug control is an increasing concern in the corporate world. According to a USA Today article, bed bugs in office buildings and corporate spaces make up approximately 4 in 10 reported cases.
Bed bugs are notorious for being difficult to kill. Bed bug prevention isn’t straight forward either. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don’t target dirty or unkempt places. They’ll just as soon inhabit a multi-million dollar corporate property as a one-bedroom apartment. However, due to the nature of bed bug infestations, controlling bed bugs in office settings is especially difficult.
Unfortunately, when it comes to bed bugs in office buildings, the instinct of many employers and employees is to panic. Frequently people play the blame game, attempting to target someone as responsible. Obviously, this isn’t productive and doesn’t solve anything. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to trace. Just because someone is sitting near the site of infestation or was the one to make the discovery, doesn’t necessarily mean they are the source. Bed bugs are migratory. They seek out hiding places like filing cabinets, office chairs and other cubicle furniture.
When bed bugs are found in the workplace, it is the responsibility of the employer to seek treatment. Though this may seem straightforward, it isn’t that simple. Bed bugs are notoriously resilient. In open spaces like office buildings, it can take several treatments to eradicate bed bugs. Costs can rack up quickly, and the risk of the bed bug infestation spreading is high with the constant movement of workers. USA Today estimates the average cost for a small office to hire bed bug control services ranges between five and ten thousand, while large offices can spend well into six figures.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips For the Workplace
Once bed bugs have been discovered in your office building, what can you do to make sure the infestation doesn’t spread to your home? Here are a few easy-to-follow tips that may save you a lot of money and frustration.
- Look for apple-seed sized bed bugs as well as whitish 1mm long bed bug eggs on all articles you bring to and from work. Visually inspect your shoes, briefcase and any other items you carry with you on a daily basis.
- Even better, leave those items at home until the bed bug infestation is sorted out. If you don’t bring things with you, bed bugs will have fewer things to hitch a ride on.
- If you absolutely must bring items to work, store them in sealable bags when you’re not using them. This prevents the critters from sneaking aboard when you’re not looking.
- Do laundry. It may seem like a hassle, but it’s nothing compared to trying to kick bed bugs out of your home. When you get home from the office, take off all your clothes and wash them in hot water immediately; the heat kills bed bugs. If you can’t do laundry on a daily basis, store your clothes in sealed bags until you can.
If you’ve noticed signs of bed bugs in your office building, do not hesitate to notify your employer. Bed bug infestations do not just go away. They need to be dealt with immediately and aggressively.
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