As the weather starts to warm up after a long, cold winter, insect and rodent activity will start to increase. Insect activity will predict the weather as the weather starts to heat up, when the rainy season arrives or if we have another severe dry spell.
How Warmer Temperatures Affect Insect Activity
Insects cannot produce body heat; therefore, they are referred to as being cold-blooded creatures. The temperature around them will always play an integral part in how they behave. The temperature levels affect their behaviour patterns, breeding, and their growth.
How Cold Weather Affects Insects
Insects hibernate during the cold winter months where they seek places of shelter. This ranges from digging shelters under the ground or by making themselves comfortable in our homes and other dwellings. A few examples of these hibernating creatures include ladybugs, spiders and cockroaches, to mention a few of the many that make themselves comfortable in and around structures. The moment the temperature drops many insects start to slow down, becoming sluggish and inactive. Did you know that grasshoppers only start to hop when the sun warms them up? Additionally, certain insects that fly are not able to manoeuver their wings to lift them into the air when the temperature drops below a certain degree.
How Hot Weather Affect Insects
During the warm summer months insect activity increases and they become less sluggish. This applies to all climates except tropical areas. The reason for the increase in activity is because metabolic rates increase, increasing the need for feeding more, breeding and for surviving. This is the time when bugs start to invade gardens, paving, offices, places of work, homes and numerous other bricks and mortar structures as they surface from the long winter hibernation.
The Song of Crickets and Warm Weather
As the weather warms up, the sound of crickets chirping becomes more noticeable. The main reason for this is that there is a chemical reaction that takes place in crickets when it warms up and is referred to as Dolbear’s Law. These chirping crickets could measure the temperature and the frequency through the frequency of their chirping. Crickets can be used as a thermometer when applying this law.
Bugs, Drought and Rain
As is the case with humans, the lack of water or too much water does have a huge impact on bugs. During late summer when the weather becomes humid, flying ants make their appearance to find mates. This usually happens after heavy rainfall when the winged queens and male ants take flight and more ants join them in the wake of chemical scents left behind by other flying ants, forming swarms.
Dry Weather and Insect Activity
During periods of extreme drought, ants and other insects search for water by gravitating indoors. These little pests can become extremely problematic and the only effective way to get rid of them for once and for all time is by calling in expert pest control specialists, such as Mostert Pest Control. Trying to rid infestations of ants and other bugs using DIY methods can cost a lot over long periods, and in most instances, these methods are quite ineffective.
There are, however, certain insect species that literally thrive in dry, hot climates. Locusts, crickets and grasshoppers thrive in these climates, destroying the crops of farmers.
Wet Weather and Insect Activity
Mosquitoes, the bane of our lives, thrive in wet weather. Other insects that come out to play when the weather is wet include stink bugs, cockroaches and termites.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in pools of stagnant water. It should not come as a surprise, then, that mosquito activity increases exponentially when the rainy season arrives.
Floods, on the other hand, force insects out of nests resulting in ant colonies and other insects to invade dwellings and other premises, seeking shelter.
Our team of specialists at Mostert Pest Control will advise you on how best to keep pests and bugs in check as the weather starts to warm up. Trying to rid your property of ants’ nests, cockroaches, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, rats, mice and other pests is a difficult task and an expensive one. Put money back into your pocket by calling in the professionals the moment you suspect you have an infestation.
Level one of lockdown has arrived and with it, the reopening of most industries, restaurants, travel institutions, offices, and other places of employment.
While we were away, bugs, insects, rodents, mice, and other pests would have made themselves comfortably at home, with many starting to breed as the weather warms up. Now more than ever before, we need to be up to speed and aware of how this could affect our health, the health of our clients and patrons, and what kind of damage pests have wreaked on many structures while we were away hiding from the deadly COVID19 virus.
Additionally, we need to decontaminate entire workspaces by calling in the experts to assist with disinfecting surfaces to ensure there are no viruses and bacteria that have accumulated on surfaces through contact by a wide range of pests and insects.
Use a Virus, Bacteria, and Fungus Disinfection Service to Prevent Cross–Contamination
Before opening the doors of your business after pests have invaded your space, ensure that all your premises are virus and germ-free.
Cockroaches and rodents spread disease; you don’t want the added worry of your staff becoming ill from disease-carrying pests. We have enough to concern ourselves with the Coronavirus lurking around every corner.
Surfaces that are touched by the skin, especially the hands, can become hotspots for cross-contamination. If nothing is done to reduce cross-contamination, these frequently touched surfaces will become increasingly contaminated and cause a greater risk of illness in your business.
Our virus, bacteria, and fungus disinfection service that we offer at Mostert Pest Control will get your work environment back in ship-shape condition and will rid all surfaces of germs by sanitising surfaces, equipment, floors, frequently touched spots, and those hard-to-reach corners almost entirely.
We use products that are safe for humans, plants, and animals, plus our technicians have been trained to work fast, efficiently, and safely. We are conscious of the safety of all concerned, therefore, our teams are all equipped with regulation PPE clothing for the safety of all concerned.
We tailor services to fit the needs of each client no matter how small or large your business, ensuring added peace of mind.
What Steps Have You Taken to Pest-Proof Your Restaurant, Office, School, Library, and Other?
When lockdown happened way back in March, many of us panicked, fleeing to the safety of our homes. We had little time to prepare for the mammoth task of working from home, homeschooling kids and keeping away from everyone while the big lockdown took place.
It should come as no small surprise that many offices simply shut their doors, leaving many desks and other workstations vulnerable. Unsurprisingly, pests, rodents and other nasty creatures moved in to make themselves at home in the abandoned places that were once a hive of activity.
If your building has not been proofed and protected against pest infestations, chances are that you will need proofing solutions and the expertise of pest control specialists to protect against pests that have invaded your workspace on how to tackle a variety of issues that could prove to be rather problematic.
We Show You How to Pest-Proof Your Premises
Each business, client, and situation will differ from the next. At Mostert, we have got the solutions to all those nasty bug issues. We offer you a wide range of integrated solutions to protect your business.
If you are returning to work after a period of absence, we will help you to return to your premises in a way that will give you peace of mind and ensure the safety of all involved. We will support you with the reopening of your restaurant, shop, office, factory, hotel or any other facility to ensure everyone involved will enjoy a safe environment moving forward.
As the weather warms up and bugs start to make their appearance, this is the perfect time to use the expertise of pest control specialists.
Fumigation is perhaps one of the most underrated and misunderstood aspects of getting rid of bugs, mice, rats and other pests that invade the places where we work and live. The man in the street views fumigation as being a self-releasing treatment from an aerosol can – but there is far more to the process of fumigation than meets the eye.
Fumigation fills an entire area with pesticides that are in a gaseous form. These will then suffocate the pests inside a product or area. Fumigation is excellent for controlling pests in buildings which we refer to as structural fumigation; fumigation also controls insects in grains, in the soil and in produce. Fumigation is used in goods that have been processed for exportation or importation purposes to prevent the cross–contamination of organisms. Fumigation is used effectively to eliminate termites and wood borer insects.
Different Strengths of Fumigation are Used for Different Pests
A variety of pests are eliminated through fumigation, such as:
- Fumigation is typically carried out for pests that are hard to reach. Good examples of this would be wood borers, tobacco beetles, fleas and others that find their way in a variety of products
- When pests have invaded a product, the only method of getting rid of them would be through the fumigation process
- Fumigation gases are used to permeate the entire product which is used to eliminate the stages of insects through all the life-cycle stages, from the egg stage right to the adult stage
- Insects outside products will be tackled in a completely different manner to insects inside products
- For insects both inside and outside products, a combination of methods to get rid of these invasive pests will be applied. Combined methods are used to ensure the problem is completely eradicated
Methods Used for Fumigation
There are two main methods used during fumigation. These include the Tactic method and the Prophylactic method.
The Prophylactic method is routinely used whether insect activity is found during inspection or not. Australia requires fumigations by law annually using the Prophylactic method.
The Tactic method is used at the first sign where infestations are detected.
The cheap self-releasing aerosols are ineffective for fumigation purposes. These do not get rid of pests that are found within a product and are only effective for external insect activity. A good example is cockroach activity, although professional pest control specialists are a more permanent and safer option when eradicating these pests.
During fumigation gases are used – it is important to use professional pest control specialists such as Mostert Pest Control specialists to fumigate your space, especially as the gases can react to certain materials and surfaces.
Which Companies Are Permitted to Fumigate?
Companies registered with the department of agriculture are the only ones permitted to undertake fumigation. Additionally, technicians performing fumigation services need to be trained. Fumigation can be dangerous and therefore the right certification is necessary to perform these tasks.
Mostert Pest Control experts are a fully certified pest control company with trained specialists that are capable of undertaking fumigation tasks. The strict safety and health rules required are adhered to by a team of trained experts. Accurate tools are used to measure the gas levels which play a vital role in the health and safety for all concerned.
Using a reputable company to undertake fumigation is vital as teams of experienced qualified technicians with the proper PPE equipment ensure the task is done under the correct circumstances, using only accurate tools to measure the gases.
As the breeding season starts and pest activity increases, it is wise to be vigilant and to take action to prevent infestations. Only use certified professionals such as Mostert Pest Control specialists to assist in a fast and efficient manner to get rid of pests.
With over 3 000 different species of roaches, vigilance is key to ensuring these are kept away from your property. Many cockroaches cause problems but many are beneficial to the natural world, too, and play a vital role in nature.
There are three main kinds of roaches commonly found in buildings and homes throughout South Africa. These include the Oriental cockroach, the American cockroach and the German cockroach.
Discovering an infestation calls for instantaneous action by calling on the expertise of pest control experts in South Africa. Mostert Pest Control Specialist will tackle your cockroach problem immediately and effectively, with outstanding results.
Cockroaches eat anything from paper to packaging, food to fabrics and animal droppings, and most commonly are drawn to food. But what are the signs that you have cockroaches?
How Do You Know You Have Roaches?
Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures which are difficult to detect as they usually hide away during the day. In most instances, it is easier to detect signs of their presence and not the actual creatures.
- Cockroaches leave droppings which look like fine black dust and is minuscule
- Cockroaches leave smear marks behind on horizontal surfaces or where floors and walls meet – this is where they are most active. If there is water around, roaches produce brown, erratic smear marks near water
- Cockroaches cause damage to all types of packaging and will destroy leather and books
- Cockroaches shed their skin – mature roaches shed their nymphal skins between 5 to 8 times as they grow to adulthood
- Cockroaches leave a strange smell where infestations take place
The moment you find any signs of cockroach infestations, it is advisable to call our professional pest control team of experts at Mostert Pest Control. We will inspect the area and advise you on how best to tackle this problem.
Once cockroaches start nesting it is extremely difficult to eradicate these pests. Home remedies to get rid of these creatures are usually ineffective. Pest control specialists, such as Mostert Pest Control is perhaps your best option to ensure roaches are eradicated.
The last thing you would like to find in your home, office, retail outlet, restaurant, school, factory, hospital or any other place is a nest of these very nasty creatures. Cockroaches carry diseases and are responsible for allergic reactions as well as contaminating any foodstuffs they have access to.
Cockroaches Are Extremely Hard to Get Rid Of – Here’s Why
Cockroaches Are Practically Indestructible
- Cockroaches are extremely strong and almost indestructible. They can withstand up to 900 times their own bodyweight! Squashing a cockroach is extremely difficult and they can flatten their bodies to squeeze into the smallest and tightest nooks and crannies which makes it easy for them to escape
- Cockroaches can live without a head for almost a week which is quite remarkable. Because roaches breathe through microscopic holes on their bodies, and can survive in this manner; their heads are therefore not necessary for them to breathe. It takes about a week for a cockroach to live without ahead, but it will eventually die from dehydration and lack of food
- Cockroaches can survive without food for a month
Male Roaches Are Not Necessary for Reproduction
- Cockroaches are prolific breeders, reproducing young fast and furiously. Male roaches are available for reproduction purposes most of the time, but if they are no available to assist females are quite adept at reproducing young without their help
- This process is done asexually and is referred to as parthenogenesis
- This ensures females reproduce at an alarming rate
Cockroaches Can Move at Unbelievable Speeds
- Cockroaches can move at unbelievable speeds; they can move up to 4.8 kms per hour. Small wonder they are incredibly hard to catch
- Roaches are sensitive to vibrations on the ground and as a result they can detect if you are approaching from a distance
Once your cockroach problem has been dealt with, it is advisable to eliminate food sources that attract them to your premises, ensure there are no pools of water lying inside or outside your property, remove all pet food that might attract pests and keep your environment free of clutter.
As Covid-19 escalates many of us are finding that we are working from home to avoid the spread of the virus. The best place to be is at home with working online being the norm and not the exception. Now more than ever it is vital to keep our work and home environments clean and free of bugs, vermin, viruses, and germs. This might appear to be a mammoth task, but a few clever hacks will keep the bugs away and the virus at arm’s length. Continue reading
As restaurants start opening their doors for business, mice, rats, cockroaches, birds, and other creatures have probably set up home in the empty spaces. The main reason being that there has been no human traffic to interrupt breeding cycles. Before you decide to open your doors some strict rules and protocols that need to be adhered to which we all need to follow as well. Continue reading
It is difficult keeping grease and food particles away from the floors, walls, and ceilings in any kitchen, and even more so in a commercial kitchen. Floors need to be cleaned constantly while the ceilings and walls should be cleaned regularly both weekly and monthly. Use pest control services such as Moster Pest Control Specialists to prevent pest infestations and to keep all parts of your commercial kitchen spotless. Pests that are attracted to food usually include roaches, ants, flies, mice, rats, and other visitors that are unwelcome in a space where food is being prepared. Whatever your concerns might be, we will tackle the infestations at all stages of their breeding cycles. Our virus and bacteria cleaning services will also ensure your commercial kitchen is kept in an immaculate condition free of viruses, bacteria, and anything harmful that might find its way into the prep area.
Your commercial cleaning professionals will undoubtedly do a good job, but it takes professional pest control specialists to ensure pest challenges are dealt with from the beginning stages and kept away from kitchens. Invasive pests are a nightmare for food services and the wrong cleaning products and methods could cause more harm than good. With correct cleaning and eradication of pests from the first signs of infestation restaurants and food, outlets can have peace of mind with a lesser risk of pest infestation. Facilities management and commercial cleaning of your commercial kitchen is only one part of pest control management efforts – this is an important step in the right direction. This is especially the case where rodents and insects are attracted to food. But it takes expertise from pest control specialists to tackle the problem head-on.
The removal of food is a step in the right direction, although it is only the first step to stave off pests in the commercial space. It is important to ensure the area has no moist spots (water for pests) and that food is not lying around. This should be your first line of defense when getting rid of pests in the commercial space. Bear in mind that cleaning your commercial space and paying cleaning and facilities management teams to assist is only one small step in eradicating vermin and pests. Investing in your cleaning services is important in upholding your brand image, the health of your workers, and the integrity of your commercial operation.
Your Focus Should Be On:
- Garbage bins which provide vermin and bugs with a veritable feast and is one of the biggest pest infestation problems on the properties of commercial facilities. Open and overflowing bins provide pests with a source of food and if they remain full all day every day, you are inviting pests to breed
Spillage and Dirty Countertops
- Pests won’t hesitate to migrate indoors should their food sources not be found outdoors. Food spills and dirty countertops are an open invitation for pests. Ensure all countertops are wiped clean with disinfectants and sanitisers to detract pests and to ward off germs and viruses. Now more than ever commercial kitchens need to ensure the work environment is cleaned regularly to ward off the COVID-19 virus and other nasty bacteria, germs, and viruses while warding off insects and vermin
- A professional cleaning service ensures that all hard-to-reach corners are disinfected and sanitised. Air disinfection will take care of any microorganisms by sanitising everything including the air we breathe in with safe, pesticide-free products
- Professional teams will ensure that everything from the floors to the ceilings is sanitised, leaving no room for insects and bugs to be attracted to commercial facilities
Moisture Attracts Pests
- Pests need water to survive – ensure all liquids are stored away in airtight containers in the fridge. Leaving water bottles and glasses with water will attract pests
- Furthermore, train staff to ensure taps are closed properly
- Ensure your plumber oversees your commercial kitchen to ensure there are no leaking faucets, poor drainage or other plumbing issues
- Never leave the water to pool on floors and countertops
At the very first sign of insect infestations such as droppings, nests, tracks and damage that has been caused, the problem should be addressed immediately.
The cleanliness of commercial kitchens should be tackled by professional teams of facilities managers, pest control services such as Mostert Pest Control Professionals and keeping a clean environment as this will ensure there are no pests and vermin, germs and viruses. Now, more than ever before, it is important to ensure your commercial kitchen is pristinely clean to ensure the health of everyone is taken seriously. Commercial kitchens should be cleaned daily, and deep cleaning undertaken at least once a week. Commercial kitchens should be in a satisfactory sanitary condition as those that are not up to standard risk being closed and fined.
Landlords understand the need to clean thoroughly and taking stock of their premises between tenants. This is especially important as a high standard of hygiene is necessary, particularly if you run a B n B establishment, rent out residential properties, or are a commercial landlord renting office space. Clean Thoroughly Between Tenants for Peace of Mind and with facing the possibility of the COVID-19 virus being present on many surfaces and high-touch spots, disinfecting and sanitising the air and every nook and cranny and all those hard-to-reach spots are vital for the safety of all concerned.
Cutting corners is not a good idea and in the long run, you could find that you were pound foolish. Make a list of the areas that need to be cleaned between each tenant and keep it handy every time tenancy changes.
A Basic Checklist Will Look Like This
- Inspect the property and take pictures of anything that needs to be fixed or sorted out. Attend the move-out inspection in person as this is an important part of the rental process. This is the one time that your tenants could argue the finer details and you could end up with a “he said she said” situation. By being there in person will avoid any disputes later. This is especially useful regarding what the responsibility of the tenant is and that of the landlord
- Return all sets of keys including remotes and spare keys
- Nothing tells a tale as well as a photograph – especially if you clean thoroughly; before and after pictures will hold up in court so ensure you have these for absolute proof which will be handy when clearing up any grey areas. It is easy to simply take the before and after pics with your smartphone It is imperative to have a spotlessly clean thoroughly between tenants for peace of mind in your unit or office for your new tenants to move into. Call in the experts to deep clean every corner of the office or unit. When deep cleaning takes place any issues that have been overlooked during the inspection will also be addressed. Make a checklist of all cleaning materials and appliances and keep this for future reference. Remember to clean the ceiling and light fittings and any carpets and other soft furnishings
- Call in the experts such as Mostert Pest Control Specialists to do a virus and bacteria disinfection so that all those hard to reach corners and all the surfaces, as well as the air, are cleaned thoroughly with pesticide-free products to ensure the safety of everyone
- You must check the utility bills to so that these are up to date. Close them off where necessary. It is a smart idea to add a move–out and close off clause onto the lease of a new tenant. This will make leasing the property less problematic when it comes to switching on water and lights at the beginning of a new tenant’s term. It might be a smart idea to simply add the utilities into the account upfront to avoid any issues with these bills and will mean you will be in control, too
- Once everything has been cleaned it is wise to go back and do it all over again. Re-clean all the important areas. Bathrooms and the kitchen as well as any high-traffic areas such as boardrooms and dining areas. Bear in mind that the first thing that tenants look at is the cleanliness of the environment. Little things such as grubby taps or basins can make or break a deal. Throw away or replace anything that has seen better days
- A brand spanking new coat of fresh paint shouts fresh and clean. It will cost little to dab on a new coat of paint and will make the entire unit or office look bright and clean. Repaint and patch holes and ugly marks on an annual basis to ensure the unit always looks bright and fresh
- Repair all leaks and plumbing issues – get your plumber in to carry out an inspection as leakages could cause untold damage when undetected in a short space of time
- If you have carpets covering the floors, these need to be deep cleaned. Otherwise they need to be replaced which will make a world of difference to any space. Replacing carpets is often the best way moving forward and it is a great way to control any pests
- Keep the gardens are in great condition. Call in a garden services company to assist in mowing and to keep the flower beds in check. Trim trees and bushes away from the windows to let in as much natural light as possible. Remember that curb appeal often seals the deal
The landlord must disinfect all properties between tenants. This ensures the safety of all concerned, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get as much outside help as possible to make the task easier. Mostert Pest Control Specialists will ensure your unit is free of germs and viruses and will ensure that any pests are eradicated and controlled.
Hygiene and pest control will always play an integral role in keeping the work and home environment clean and safe. Protecting your staff or family by enhancing hygiene at work and home is more important now more than ever before. This is especially true as lock down relaxes and people start trickling back to work. How to stop pests from getting into food – that is the question. Mostert Professional Pest Control services play an important role and the services we provide are vital to the health and safety of all. Food attracts pests no matter how careful you are – that is reason enough to ensure pest control is practiced during and long after lock down. During lock down, hygiene and pest control services continues to service customers as it is an essential service during the global pandemic. Food attracts pests no matter how careful you are
What Has Pest Control got to do With Staying Safe During the COVID-19 Lock down?
Disease prevention – here is a list of the diseases transmitted by pests
Numerous diseases can be prevented through the proper management of pests. You must ensure the life-cycles are disrupted. Put into place long-term processes and plans in place to prevent them from breeding at a later stage.
- Dengue Virus – this disease is spread by the Aedes mosquito which causes multiple infections throughout the year. The mortality rate from Dengue Virus is less than 1% if detected in the early stages and if not attended to the mortality rate is between 2 and 5%; and if not treated, the mortality rate rises to 20%
- Salmonella – this bacterium causes diseases that are diarrhea-related. The bacteria are caused by cockroach infestations, flies and rodents
- Rat-bite fever – Streptobacillus Moniliformis and Spirillum Minus is transmitted by rodents. Untreated this can cause death
The Reduction of Pest-Borne Diseases Is Important
Many pests infiltrate the human environment. These include fleas, ticks, cockroaches, insects that contaminate stored food, mosquitoes, bed bugs, crickets and more. Insects can contaminate food and surfaces and, in this way, can cause diseases and viruses. We have all become acutely aware of the need for keeping surfaces spotlessly clean and disinfected. This is especially so with the presence of the COVID-19 virus. Keeping your environment free from vermin and how to stop pests from getting into your food is imperative, now more than ever before.
Pest control assists in disrupting the cycle of diseases which is the cause of numerous vector-borne illnesses. Vector-borne diseases are the cause of up to 900 million cases of a wide range of illnesses annually according to the WHO.
Interrupting the Life Cycle of Pests
Many pests breed prolifically and if they are left unattended to. These cause havoc and the spread increases rapidly, spreading in more than one area. This in turn increases the infestation and could result in individuals getting sick.
Infestation of Flies – did you know that houseflies can lay up to 75 eggs which will reach maturity in 10 days? Over a month, under perfect conditions, this could result in one fly producing as many as 10 000 flies! This is an alarming figure. Flies spread germs and dirt that attaches to their bodies from filthy feeding habits. This transfers germs and disease to food and surfaces. It is important to keep flies in check and to ensure all food and preparation of food is kept clean and covered. Remember to sanitize your surface regularly.
Infestation of Rats – rats are prolific breeders as we are all aware. In a short space of three months, rats can produce ten young and after six months, a pair of rats can produce up to fifty rats. With rats reaching full sexual maturity in five weeks the rat population can become huge in just one year. Rats are attracted to food and can contaminate food supplies as well as spread diseases and cause other damage to structures. They cause damage to fittings in roofs by gnawing through wires and structures by burrowing underneath. Food attracts pests no matter how careful you are
Infestations of Cockroaches
These hardy creatures are almost impossible to get rid of and can live up to 15 months each. In a short space of just 90 days under ideal conditions, a single female cockroach can produce 400 babies. Cockroaches are responsible for transmitting a range of diseases through their droppings and contact on their bodies.
At Mostert Pest Control services we are fully aware that many South Africans are reliant on our professional pest control services to keep pests at bay. It is our job, to ensure food is kept safe. This will lead to improved health. As pressure mounts during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that we protect your premises and the population from all risks. This includes those that are associated with pests and breeding.
Workers and business owners are already practicing excellent hygiene habits – but is this enough? Work spaces need to be properly cleaned before employees can trickle back to work once lock down has been eased off. It goes far beyond the washing of hands. Post Lock Down – How to Clean – the question on all our lips! Now more than ever before hygiene measures should be kept to the highest level possible to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. How to clean your workspace.
Make Strides in Disinfecting Your Work Environment Post Lock Down
Germs, bacteria, and viruses move when people move – period! These are transmitted and carried by people, food, pets, and the air. They can spread from air to surface, our hands, when we touch our faces, from person to person (please remember to wear a mask at all times, especially when coughing and sneezing), and from person to surface through cross-contamination.
The Most Common Types of germs found in the home or work environment include:
Influenza – these are surface and air-borne
Norovirus – this bug is also called the winter vomiting bug
Coli – this is a serious bug as it causes severe intestinal challenges
These are a handful of the viruses, bugs and germs found in offices and homes, on surfaces, in kitchens and other hard-to-reach places. The Covid-19 pandemic has made cleaning more important than ever before. As workers return to work as the lock down eases off, we need to be aware that the virus is spread when someone who has Covid-19 exhales or coughs. Droplets of infected fluids land on surfaces which necessitates the dire need of cleaning and thoroughly disinfecting thoroughly. The Work Environment Post Lock Down – How to Clean – for you the employer.
This is What Employers Need to Know about How to Clean your Workplace
- All surfaces that are touched by staff such as phones, keyboards, doors, handles, kitchen appliances, light switches etc should be disinfected on a regular basis- encourage everyone to use a tissue when touching these
- Hand washing is a given – place sanitizer in the kitchen, in the bathrooms and at the door that everyone accesses – refill these regularly
- Educate your staff members – posters, educating and other informational reading matter should be displayed prominently. Everyone can read and keep informed. Brief your staff on safety and hand washing, the wearing of masks and any further necessary information regarding hygiene in the workplace
- Ditch all cloth hand towels – place rolls of paper toweling at all basins and sinks
- Paper face masks should be worn by all workers, especially if they have a sniffle, cough or sneeze, but better still, if someone shows signs of being unwell it should be a rule that they stay away from work until they are 100% better. It is better to be safe than sorry
- Even better still, if a business can operate remotely, encourage remote work and plan conference meetings, and calls in preference to being in contact with other people. While the Coronavirus is a threat it is best to avoid contact wherever possible
- Plan – everyone who comes to your office should give you their details. This is so that everyone could be contacted effectively and that there are no delays. When receiving visitors to the office, allocate a room for this function. If there is a scare or a possibility that someone has fallen ill, it is best to isolate them until they are able to seek medical attention
The Basics of Cleaning The Office Environment
Clean all surfaces regularly. Light switches, counters, desks, phones, toilets, taps, sinks, doorknobs should be washed down with soap and water. When using cleaning products read the labels as many should be left wet for some time before wiped or dried. Use soap and water on soft furnishings and where possible wash these thoroughly with soap and water. Always use the hottest cycle when washing clothes and other soft items in the workspace. Where possible, place cloths, cushions, carpets in the sun for as long as possible. Where possible use covers that can be wiped to cover tables, touch screens, keyboards, remotes, and other electronics. Encourage cleaners to wear gloves when cleaning the office environment. that is how to clean your workspace
Mostert Pest Control Helps Prevent the Spread of Disease in the Work Environment
Mostert’s professional disinfection service eliminates, reduces, and disinfects 99.9 % of microorganisms from surfaces – these are fungi, bacteria and viruses. The treatment provides a protective barrier for up to eight hours. That is how to clean your workspace.
You should be fogging which is carried out by making use of environmentally friendly and pesticide-free micro-droplets. These float through the air for about ten minutes, reaching hard-to-get spots. The disinfecting fogging service is one of the most effective ways of sanitizing those hard-to-reach surfaces of any workspace.