Top 7 Poor Sanitisation Habits in the Office That Led to Pest Infestation

Top 7 Poor Sanitisation Habits

Pest infestation is a prevalent issue not only within homes, but workplaces too. With tons of movements and activities occurring day in and day out, it’s inarguable that the office space is exceptionally susceptible to pests. Unfortunately, it is a concern that often slips through the cracks.

One might be inclined to think that these vile bring about nothing more than minor discomfort – so why kick up a fuss, right? We beg to differ. Look, an office environment where pests dominate can pose detrimental threats to our health, making the need for actions obvious. Besides, with the presence of pests, your office only becomes an uninviting space for guests, and this does nobody any favours.

To effectively mitigate the impacts, finding out what led to the infestation is imperative. You would be surprised to find out that the majority of the pest infestation issues are caused by inadequate sanitisation habits.

To get you thinking twice about the little things you do daily, we’ve magnified 7 common habits that you should break as soon as possible.

1. Eating at your work desk

How many of you actually get up and away from your desk during lunch breaks? Unsurprisingly, approximately one-third of working professionals in Singapore claim to take their lunch breaks at their desks – at least four times a week.

We understand, when your to-do list gets overwhelmingly long and when deadlines edge nearer, eating your lunch at your desk may seem like the most efficient way of fuelling your brain. But what many do not realise is that this could also increase the potential of food crumbs and spills getting left behind.

At the end of the day, they become easy meal tickets for the scavengers.

2. Leaving accumulated food wastes overnight

Of all the many bad habits you should kick, one of them is leaving food wastes overnight.

Many office pest infestation cases in Singapore can be traced to these overlooked food scraps. By not throwing out your food wastes, you’re literally answering the calls of the uninvited guests. Over time, the bin becomes an ideal breeding ground for them.

At this point, you might be wondering, “what can I do to curb the problem?” Simple! Either someone within the team has to go the extra mile to get that done, or you can choose to engage part-time office cleaning services. If the latter sounds like a more practical option for you, we’d highly recommend getting an evening cleaning crew, so that food wastes accumulated during the course of the day gets cleared away at last.

3. Not changing the bin liners regularly

Are flies swarming around the trash can a common sight in the office? If so, this could stem from not replacing your bin liners regularly. With pest-drawing residues like coffee stains and food crumbs left behind, it’s only natural that the bin becomes the trigger of a major pest problem.

4. Not cleaning your office carpet and upholstery

Many folks reckon that carpet and upholstery don’t need to be cleaned often – if not, at all. Yikes! That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Given how vulnerable carpets and upholsteries are to pest invasion, engaging carpet and upholstery cleaning services is something that a company should never skimp on. In fact, you should get them cleaned quarterly or half-yearly. So if you haven’t established a regular carpet and upholstery cleaning programme, now’s the time to start! 

5. Using the wrong chemicals and tools

Office owners tend to face many cleaning challenges, and among them is choosing the right chemicals and tools. The unwitting office owner might be made to believe that DIY off-the-shelves products can do wonder in pest control. But here’s the grim reality: in the pest management world, there’s isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

Using the wrong chemicals and tools will not only render undesirable results, but can also lead to adverse effects in the near and long term. To reduce the potential of a future infestation, your best bet will be to employ the services of a cleaning company because, well, they’re the experts in the field.

6. Using the same cloth for the entire premise

Colour-coding your cleaning cloths for different areas is something that our team at Clean Lab can’t emphasise enough. This system is not only a good practice for preventing cross-contamination, but it does the trick in maintaining a pest-free and hygienic environment too. Using that same-old rag around the office premise just don’t cut it!

7. Overlooking hard-to-reach surfaces

Out of sight, out of mind – the same rule doesn’t apply when it comes to cleaning. We understand that cleaning hard-to-reach crevices is a perennial battle, but given the fact that pests can build an entire empire within these areas, turning a blind eye to them isn’t a solution.

But what do you do when you simply have too much on your plate? Don’t admit defeat just yet – because cleaning professionals can help you get the job done with ease and speed, all without missing an inch. With Clean Lab Singapore offering affordable office cleaning services, you’ll never have an excuse to skip these spots again. 

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