Dealing with Rodents & Pests in the Workplace
Whether you work in a high rise building in the heart of the city, or in an older two-storey space, it is actually more common than you may think to find mice and other pests lurking around the office. Large office buildings provide many entry points and with so many people eating at their desks, there are plenty of opportunities for pests to find food. If you’ve spotted the signs of a mouse, cockroach or other pest, it may be time to call us for rodent control in the Toronto area.
How to Spot Common Office Pests in Toronto
The presence of pests in the workplace can disrupt employees, halt production, and hurt your company’s reputation. Below are a few of the most common types of pests you may find and ways to recognize when you have a problem:
Rodents can spark a dramatic reaction from employees and can also cause serious damage to your business by chewing through electrical wires or gnawing on important files and documents. They can also exacerbate asthma attacks and their feces may cause salmonella, food poisoning or other illnesses. If you spot droppings, notice bite marks, or see a mouse or rat crawling along the baseboards, call our rodent control technicians in Toronto to deal with the issue right away.
Cockroaches on the other hand, are very common in Toronto building, especially if they are older. These pests are known to carry potentially dangerous microbes and viruses on their bodies, can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms, and are a leading cause of food poisoning, dysentery and diarrhea. Cockroaches are known to feed on discarded human food, office supplies like glue and paper, and have been known to munch on curtains and wallpaper as well. Always keep an eye out for cockroach feces which look like small specks of pepper in unusual places, oothecae or egg casings, the smell of a pungent or musty odor, or the visible sight of an insect. Cockroaches will often avoid daylight unless they are ill, so if you spot one in the daylight it is important to seek assistance from our technicians at ICE Pest before the issue gets out of hand.
Tips for Handling a Pest Invasion in the Office
If you come across the signs of a pest invasion, including mice, rats, or cockroaches, below are some tips to minimize the impact and get the problem under control:
Identify Problem Areas: Keep an eye on kitchens, garbage bins, and exterior areas that may be inviting to pests. Encourage employees to report anything strange so that you can handle a pest problem before it progresses.
Eliminate Clutter: The less clutter and confusion you have in your business space, the fewer areas there are for pests to hide. Reducing clutter is not only good for pest control, but can help employees focus and boost their productivity and motivation.
Avoid Pesticides: Don’t purchase or bring in pesticides from your home to deal with an issue in the office. Retail products won’t be targeted to your specific needs and could end up putting your employees at a higher risk from exposure. Some chemicals are even known to further attract rodents, cockroaches and ants, so it’s best to avoid do-it-yourself techniques and leave the work to the professionals.
Hire Us for Prevention: Set up regular inspection appointments to identify potential pest problems and eliminate the risk of future invasions. ICE Pest Control can help your business avoid a problem before it even begins.
Try Maintenance: For businesses in the food, beverage, or health industries, scheduling maintenance appointments through our Integrated Pest Management program will provide you with peace of mind. It will also ensure your company is up to code and ready to meet all regulatory and auditing standards.
Contact Us Today for Rodent Control in the Toronto Area
Whether you’ve noticed mouse droppings in your drawer, or rats scratching in your walls, it’s time to call the rodent control specialists serving Toronto and surrounding areas at ICE Pest. For over 25 years, we have been providing trusted assistance to commercial and industrial properties. With our unique Integrated Pest Management program, you will learn tips to prevent animals and insects from entering your property, and we will educate your staff on ways to minimize the risk.
From large property management companies to small business owners, we can help you protect your business against pests of all types.
Contact us today to learn more about rodent control and to schedule an appointment.