Bed Bug Safety Tips in the Workplace

March 11, 2015 by Doug Moore

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When you work in close proximity to others day in and day out, you need to be careful. Not only are their colds and flu viruses to worry about, but now, there are blood sucking parasites.

And no, we’re not talking about the cubicle-climber out for a fast-tracked promotion. We’re talking bed bugs! They are everywhere, and you must be careful and avoid them. If they get into your home, they are difficult to remove, and very expensive.

Here are some important tips for you to use so you can bring home the bacon, and leave the bed bugs behind.

Bedbug tips while at work:

  • Metal is better than wood when it comes to furniture etc., because bed bugs generally find it difficult to climb on metal because it’s very smooth.
  • Looking into new company sofas? We recommend staying away from compartment dividers, especially if they are made of felt, as these dividers increase bed bug hiding areas.
  • Encasing bags/briefcases brought to work in large zip-lock bags decreases the bed bugs’ ability to get into the work place (and for them to hitch hike a ride back to your home!).
  • Use hard sided briefcases, as opposed to soft suitcases or bags.
  • Inspect your clothing before entering and leaving the office building.
  • Reduce clutter to reduce bed bug hiding spaces.
  • Know what bed bugs look like and if there are reports of bed bugs in your area, and let your employees know the signs of a bed bug infestation.
  • Inspect clothing, crevices, furniture, carpets, curtains, and wall hangings for bed bugs.

If signs of a bed bug infestation are found, contact a K-9 bed bug scent detection service for an inspection of your home and a licensed pest control professional in your area immediately to arrange for extermination. Remember, heat treatment is the most effective and efficient way to get rid of these blood suckers.

Bed bugs are developing thicker shells, more enzymes in their bodies, and fewer nerve endings on their feet as a way to diminish the efficacy of chemical treatments.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

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