Tips for Bed Bugs in the Office
Although bed bugs are typically thought to be a household pest,
they can hitchhike with people to their places of employment. In
fact, in a
recent survey by the NPMA, 36% of pest control professionals
indicated that they have encountered bed bugs in office buildings.
Here are the NPMA's tips to prevent bringing bed bugs home from the
- Vacuum and clean all areas - including offices, hallways,
lobbies, kitchens, storefronts and public bathrooms on a daily
- Regularly inspect all areas of business for signs of bed bugs
infestations at work. Pay close attention to the seams of furniture
and upholstery for telltale brownish or reddish spots. Also beware
that these pests have been known to inhabit electrical sockets,
surge protectors and behind picture frames. Vigilance by all
employees is key!
- Eliminate clutter as best as possible - especially in storage
areas as this provides excellent hiding spots for bed bugs in the
- When unpacking new inventory or receiving shipments, carefully
inspect all items and packaging for signs of bed bugs before
bringing them into your business.
- Encourage employees to report suspicions of bed bug activity
immediately, and always contact a pest professional to investigate
- Have a policy in place for employees who may suspect a bed bug
infestation at home. Many times, employees unknowingly bring
these bed bugs into the office. By having an open dialogue
and official policy on these pest infestations, you may be able to
help remove any concern of honest reporting.
- If a bed bug infestation is found, work with a professional
pest control company to treat the infestation and perform follow-up