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Pest of the Quarter: Bed Bugs

Referred to as “bomb cyclones” by meteorologists, winter storms have been sweeping the U.S. causing dangerously low temperatures.* Also known as “invader season”, winter is a prime time for pests to flock inside in search of warmth, food and shelter. Once indoors, they can be difficult to control an …

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Mosquito 101

As the weather heats up, so do mosquitoes. Summer is peak season for these threatening pests, whose bites can do more than just itch. Mosquitoes also can transmit diseases like the Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and West Nile virus. The good news? Everyone can do something to help prevent these pe …

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Employees Only – Keep These Flies Out of the Workplace

One rotten banana in an employee locker is all it takes for your facility to develop a fly infestation. Flies are stubborn pests that can undermine your business’s image and cost you money if you end up losing customers because of their activity. Even if you don’t prepare, sell or package food, y …

An Introduction to Bed Bugs in the Workplace

Bed bugs are ready to make your business their business—and in some cases (like yours), it could mean that no beds are required. Due to bed bugs’ rapid reproduction rate and employees living in homes or sleeping in hotels where bed bugs may reside, office buildings across the country have been invad …

Top 5 Office Hot Spots for Pests

Ever forgotten your lunch on your desk? Maybe even left an open candy bar in a drawer? If so, you’re not alone, but you may also be causing issues for your office. As office properties convert to multi-use or open floor plans, your desk drawers are just one trouble area that could attract bugs. …

How Pest Control Plays a Role in Office Space Buildout

Demo day for your new office space is around the corner and there is a slew of decisions on your mind. What lighting should you choose? Will the design be functional once it’s put to work? One aspect you might not be thinking about is the pest pressure that will inevitably affect your new space. …

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Open Floor Plans Shouldn’t Open the Door to Pests

Open floor office plans are still trending and in general are great for encouraging workers to collaborate, lowering employer costs and making workplaces flexible for the mobile workforce. With approximately 20 to 25 percent of the workforce telecommuting at some frequency, and studies showing e …

Keep Office Space Off-Limits to Rodents

In 2014, Orkin and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) found that out of all pests, office tenants hate rodents the most. This is according to a commercial pest control survey of office, building and facility managers across the United States, which also uncovered that 50 percent of …