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Pest Problems During and After COVID-19

As humans have had to adapt to the recent social changes caused by COVID-19, so have many of the pests that occupy our homes and workspaces.

During this past year, more families are eating at home as a safety precaution. Whether you are cooking at home or you order delivery/carryout-- maintaining a neat, clean, and orderly home is of utmost importance. An increase in food debris, crumbs, trash, and even cardboard can attract pests like cockroaches, rodents, and more.

While families have shifted to eating mostly at home, they have also increased the amount of trash they are producing. This increase in organic material can cause problems both inside and outside of your home. If your home has a preexisting pest problem, this change in behavior can add fuel to the fire. We need to take proactive measures when we are disposing of waste that can attract rodents and other pests.

  • Clean kitchen surfaces and dining areas soon following prep and eating.

  • Place leftover food debris in plastic grocery bags, knot and seal before disposing of.

  • Do not allow your trash to overfill and clean trash cans if they become soiled.

When returning to the office you could easily end up finding yourself with new neighbors. With the absence of large groups, some pests could have come out from hiding in search of food. If they have managed to thrive and reproduce during these months, a new problem could exist. Also, many businesses have had to adapt during these challenging times, cutting back on costs by eliminating expenses. If a business has paused or stopped their pest management program during a temporary closure, the pest population could have experienced exponential growth.

Though many workers are nervous about returning to an in-person working environment, employers are hoping for a smooth transition back into the office. Having an unforeseen pest problem upon returning to the office space will produce or increase employee anxiety during these times. When returning full time or to a hybrid environment, there are steps you can take to mitigate or avoid pest related problems.

  • Avoid placing food debris following lunch in desk trash cans. Use designated containers for food.

  • All coworkers should avoid leaving crumbs or spillage on countertops or within sinks.

  • Report any suspected pest problems to the appropriate facility manager or your supervisor.

Whether it is your home or your workplace, there are proactive measures we can take to avoid and/or address pest related problems. If adapting our behaviors is not enough, contact your local pest management company for further direction and help.


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