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Most of us are familiar with the good night rhyme that includes the line, "Sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite." Unfortunately, the last thing small business owners can do is close their eyes to the recent workplace bed bug infestations that have made headlines lately. No matter what type of business you operate, keeping your workplace safe now includes confronting this disgusting pest.
First, you may be wondering, are bed bugs really that serious of an issue? According to Jennifer Erdogan, director of the bed bug division at Bell Environmental Services, employers can't afford to underestimate the seriousness of the issue and the potential ramifications. Erdogan emphasizes that business owners who ignore this growing problem risk losing employee productivity, morale, and their company's reputation. In addition, she warns that what business owners gain by taking no action is an increased likelihood in lawsuits filed by workers, vendors, and/or customers.
The Nature of the Beast
The following facts explain why bed bugs are such a problem for the largest to the smallest employers in any industry:
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs and Keeping Them Out
Simply put, bed bugs are a different sort of pest than most workplaces are used to dealing with. Therefore, according to experts, the most important element for eliminating bed bugs is a more thorough treatment than conventional pest control. The various recommended treatment methods, which include traditional insecticides, new freeze technology, and even bug-detecting dogs, have different pros and cons, and can affect the operations of the workplace and employee health.
Once eliminated, there's no guarantee that bed bugs won't be re-introduced into your workplace. Long-term vigilance and educating employees are the best prevention tools against bed bug infestations. By working together, you and your employees can help make and keep your workplace bed bug free.