Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Tactics for the Workplace

Earlier this month, seven Kansas Department of Revenue employees were placed on administrative leave after a bed bug infestation was discovered in one of their office buildings. All employees were even required to inspect their homes for bedbugs before returning to work.

Believe it or not, pest infestations in the workplace are more common than you think. In fact, this year in the Central US, 87.1 percent of companies saw an increase in bed bug activity.

Beyond bed bugs, other pests to watch out for in the workplace include: ants, fruit flies, gnats, beetles, and moths. Pests like these are not only a potential health risk for everyone in the workplace, they cause a horrible first impression for guests or clients.

But, fear not, we’ve compiled a list of warning signs to watch out for, along with some of the best pest control solutions you can easily integrate into your own workplace.

Preventative Pest Control Measures

To prevent pest infestations from happening in the first place, consider implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. An IPM program can be used to manage pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, wildland, or natural environments. Think of IPM as the strategy your workplace will use to solve any pest problems that might arise, while minimizing risks to staff and the environment.

IPM programs detect pests at the earliest stages and combat them before they can become a major problem. Simple preventative measures and do-it-yourself pest control tactics can be posted in common areas to educate staff. Here are some key points to include:
• Keep food in sealed containers, and clean dirty dishes at the end of each workday.
• Ensure trash cans have plastic liners, and empty them every night.
• Refrain from leaving fruit on your desk overnight. Instead, place it in the refrigerator or bring it home.
• Keep the workplace as clutter-free as possible. Store items in cabinets, racks, or bins.
• Be careful not to overwater plants, which can lead to gnat infestations.
Setting up an IPM program can be as simple as writing up a check list to review monthly and keeping records of any pest-causing problems.

Educate Your Staff on the Specifics

Local pest control services can end up costing your company thousands of dollars, so whether you already have an infestation or not, it’s best to train your workforce to take all preventative pest control measures seriously. Educating your entire staff is the easiest way to prevent an infestation.

Pests will enter buildings in many ways: through cracks and holes in the walls, gaps around pipes, or even on workers’ clothing. Some will target places with poor sanitation, while others move indoors to avoid the cold or locate vital resources.

Pests like bed bugs attach themselves to furniture or personal items—they suck blood at night and leave itchy bite marks on arms and shoulders. Cockroaches can come from dark, unsanitary places and carry bacteria that can contaminate food. Spiders feed on other pests, but also wander around before settling in undisturbed places. And depending on where you live, some invasive pests are venomous, so having a standard medical procedure in place is critical, should an issue ever arise.

If you see a pest crawling around your workplace, take care of it as quickly as possible, and inspect the rest of the office for potential causes.

Here are some basic tips for conducting pest inspections:

• Check potted plants, which attract a variety of major pests.
• Make sure there are no cracks and holes in the walls or vents—seal them if found.
• Properly contain or package food or other items.
• Make sure your custodian empties your trash bins regularly.
• Clean up any workplace spills, especially sticky or sugary substances.

Pest Control Supplies to Clean Your Workplace and Prevent Infestation

US Standard Products offers a full line of environmentally-friendly cleaning products for industrial and janitorial applications—read about these ready-to-use solutions, here.

In addition to a variety of cleaning products, US Standard Products also offers two insecticides that are safe to use inside the workplace:

1. The Haunt-II Residual can drive a wide variety of crawling insects from their hiding places and contaminate whole colonies with long-term residual control, making it an ideal product for industrial and institutional use.
2. The Eradicate Insecticide is a fast-acting, water-based formula with botanical insecticide pyrethrum that works without leaving any stain, residual, or objectionable odors. Able to control or kill crawling and flying insects on contact, the Eradicate is a bed bug’s worst nightmare.

Utilizing these insecticides is easy, just use a power-operated or hand-held spray to lightly cover areas. Make sure the surface is dry before allowing anyone into the treated area.

Start exploring your workplace pest control options by downloading our free catalogue or calling 844-877-1700. To stay up-to-date on the latest in workplace safety news and trends, follow US Standard Products on social media: Google+ | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Your Business Flooded… Now What?

In the wake of two major hurricanes, countless businesses along our country’s southern coast are faced with the aftermath—in particular, water damage. We know that when it comes to your business operations, downtime equals lost revenue, so to help businesses get back up and running ASAP, we’ve compiled some steps to take in the event of a flood or other water damage.

First things first…

1. Assess the damage, take pictures, and call your insurance agent. Before all else, you have to get a handle on what happened, and document the damage. Be aware that even if flood water appears clear, it’s possible that it’s contaminated, so always wear protective boots and gloves whenever you’re in contact with water-damaged surfaces. Once you’ve analyzed your losses and taken pictures, call your insurance company and have them send an adjuster to conduct a formal assessment and get your claim started.

2. If you’re in a disaster area, call FEMA. In the case that your location has been officially declared a “disaster area”, contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to access resources and possible financial assistance.

3. Call in a pro. Water damage is tricky—if it’s not cleaned up properly, it can lead to the growth of dangerous mold and compromise the integrity of your building structure. Due to these complications, a majority of organizations opt to hire a professional restoration company for flood cleanup services.

4. Dry it out. If you have standing water in your facility, set up a pump immediately to begin the process of extracting the water. Next, you’ll want to set up industrial fans and dehumidifiers to completely dry out the space. Depending on how quickly a water damage restoration team can get there, they may handle this on your behalf.

Hiring a reputable emergency restoration crew.

Your insurance company will likely provide a recommendation for an emergency restoration company, but it’s important for you to do your homework before making a hiring decision. You’ll want to ensure that the restoration company you’re considering has the proper training, certifications, and safety procedures in place—the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a good place to qualify credentials like that. You may also consider researching reviews to get an idea of what it’s like to work with the company before you make a commitment.

Cleaning up water damage yourself.

Whether you’re trying to cut costs or simply having a hard time finding a restoration company that will meet your needs, you may choose to handle the cleanup in-house. If this is the case, be sure that you have the right safety gear on hand. When demolishing walls, floors, and more, it’s critical that you use a respirator to protect your lungs from not only dust, but also water contaminants and potential mold spores. Again, always make sure to use heavy-duty gloves when handling any water-damaged materials. Similarly, you’ll need an extensive supply of industrial strength cleaning agents that can cut through the bacteria, and kill mold at the source.

Contact US Standard Products for water damage cleanup supplies today.

US Standard Products is a nationwide provider of quality operational and safety products. Contact us today at 844-877-1700 to learn how we can best equip your business with the safety equipment and cleaning products needed for your water damage restoration efforts.

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Cleaning Shouldn’t be Toxic: Go Green with U.S. Standard Products

U.S. Standard Products is proud to offer a full line of environmentally friendly cleaning products for the industrial and janitorial industries. Wondering what makes these products more “green” than their traditional counterparts? We’ll give you a hint: it’s not the color! In this blog, we’ll explore what these eco-friendly products are all about and take a look at the benefits of using them.

Tell me more about these “green” cleaning products.

Green or eco-friendly cleaning products enable users to tackle tough messes and buildup, while protecting their environment and personal well being. Unlike traditional cleaners, our Certified Green products adhere to the highest standards and do not contain strong acids or harmful chemicals like:

  • Heavy metals
  • Chlorinated solvents
  • Mineral acids
  • Chemicals that don’t easily biodegrade

While it’s true that eco-friendly cleaners tend to cost a little more than traditional, harsher cleaning chemicals, many believe that the benefits outweigh the price difference. Here are just a few of the benefits of using green cleaning products:

Health Benefits

Traditional cleaning products often contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can impair neurological functions, according to Life Science. Other chemicals can irritate the respiratory system, be toxic to the reproductive system and act as carcinogens.

By using green cleaning products in the workplace, you can facilitate a safer and healthier work environment. Users are able to avoid breathing in toxins and coming into contact with strong acids that can be harmful to their health.

Environmental Benefits

When washed down the drain, the ammonia, phosphorus and nitrogen that are found in many cleaning products cannot be absorbed by waste treatment facilities. When they make their way to the waterways, the chemicals cause a severe imbalance in nourishment, which accelerates plant growth to the point of extinction. When the overgrowth of vegetation dies, the body of water is depleted of oxygen, creating “dead zones” that aren’t able to house natural ecosystems.

Additionally, when traditional cleaning chemicals are vented outdoors (which they should be for health reasons), the VOCs contribute to air pollution and smog.

U.S. Standard Products helps you do your part in keeping the environment healthy by eliminating the chemicals that cause harm to the environment from our green cleaning products.

Performance Benefits

Many eco-friendly products get a bad rap for not being as effective as their traditional counterparts, but with U.S. Standard Products, you don’t have to worry about the power behind our green cleaners. All of our products have undergone extensive lab and field-testing to meet our internal Safer and Superior New Product Standard, ensuring that the green cleaners are as effective, if not more effective, than their traditional counterparts.

Our industrial-grade products take the lead when it comes to performance, enabling your cleaning crew to easily destroy the grime, dirt, mildew and other buildups in your workplace. Plus, the more gentle formula is less corrosive, meaning less wear and tear on the surfaces being cleaned.

Arm your cleaning crew with the best green products around.

U.S. Standard Products produces and sells the following green cleaners:

  • Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Restroom Cleaner
  • Glass & Window Cleaner
  • Degreaser

To receive a catalogue with a full list of our products, or to place an order, contact U.S. Standard Products online today or give us a call at (844) 877-1700.