Signs like: “Your mother doesn’t work here, clean up after yourself” allude to the fact that employees are a little slack about cleanliness in the office. And while a few lunchtime crumbs in the break room might not seem like a big deal, too much cleanliness unaccountability can lead to an invasion of bugs.
The presence of creepy crawlies can pose a real problem in the workplace. Aside from the health risk factors, the perception clients and guests get from visiting a bug-infested workplace is certainly bad for business. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural repellents you can use to keep the most common insects at bay without having to douse your office with poisonous chemicals.
Spiders survive by eating other insects, so their presence is a clear indication there’s a bug problem in your office. To repel them, rub citrus peel along window seals, baseboards, and bookshelves.
Ants are attracted to any food left out in the open, including spills and garbage. To kill them, fill a spray bottle with ¾ full of water and add 10-20 drops of an all-natural dish soap. Spray that on any surface crawling with ants.
Cockroaches are most commonly found in the office breakroom, a source of food, water, and shelter. To trap them, fill an empty wine bottle with syrup, and coat the opening with cooking oil. The roaches will be able to get in, but not out.
While employees should certainly do their part to keep the office clean, outsourcing regular cleaning responsibilities to companies such as SFM Janitorial is another option. After all, office workers have enough on their plate without worrying about a colony of ants crawling across their keyboards, roaches living in the kitchen, and flies hovering over their lunches.