Bed bugs in the office sound so funny but in reality, beds are not needed for them to survive. They reach the office with the staff or visitors sleeping in hotels or homes infested with bed bugs. These vampiric pests are a real pain. Their clear ick-factor leads to less productivity, reputation damage, as well as introduce potential risk management, Human Resource, and litigation issues.
Let everyone know about the bed bug issue and its ramification
Overcoming bed bugs issue needs extensive cooperation amongst the main departments [especially HR] and the pest control company. Therefore the first step is to bring the seriousness of this issue and its ramifications before the senior management.
Make no decisions without any suggestions or input from the senior management, HR managers, communication department, and the facilities management.
Understand the nature of bed bug issue
- Bed bugs don’t live in a building. They are brought in with stuff like purses, bags, luggage or clothes of the employee, employer or visitor entering the building. The moment anyone detects bed bugs it is necessary to get rid of them prior they spread and affect the vast staff.
- When a single bed bug gets detected believe there will be more because in an office it takes a month for bed bug infestation before someone spots it.
- Bed bugs in the office adjust their feeding hours. It means they shed their nocturnal schedule of home and feed when people are on-site.
- Bed bugs don’t spread all across the building but occupy areas, where the employee or employer or the staff spend extensive sedentary time like working for hours on computers or at the desk sitting for hours.
- Trained dogs show 98% accuracy in finding low-level hidden bug’s infestation spot. It is hard to find the spots these buggers hide and they can live for a year without sucking blood. Schedule regular inspections to determine where the problem is.
A thorough treatment plan including a labor-intensive approach is needed to get rid of these punaise de lit [bed bug] or bloodsuckers. The key treatment methods are the use of chemicals or pesticides, carbon dioxide freezing, and steam heat. Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages.
For example, pesticides can’t be applied to furniture and electronics because it can put health at risk and damage equipment. Offices need to be kept shut for some time or can leave an unpleasant odor. Steam heat cannot be applied to appliances and furniture. Freezing is effective and eco-friendly, but it kills bugs that come in contact.
The last solution is universal, least disruptive and offers a great chance of successful eradication. After which a long term vigilance is necessary to prevent bed bug re-infestation.