Treating Stored Products Pests In Office Buildings

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At Modern, we use a combination of approaches that are specifically tailored to the needs of each client. Along with that approach, we produce and provide a tip sheet that will help our client realize the full potential of the treatment.  Generally, when we deal with stored product pests in office settings we are looking at one of three different pests.  Those are weevils, beetles (drugstore, flour or cigarette) or meal moths.  The treatment for these pests relies heavily on the elimination of the source.  That can be any type of food that has been brought in, below are some common examples.

  •  Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Granola
  • Rice
  • Potpourri
  • Oatmeal
  • Chips
  • Rice cakes
  • Cereal

Again, these are just some common items that we have found these pests in.  Below is a treatment protocol and preparations to eradicate these pests from your office.    THESE INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED IMPLICITLY OR THE TREATMENT WILL NOT BE EFFECTIVE!

First, locate and remove the source.

It’s best to vacuum the area to be sure you have successfully removed all live pests from the area. Remember these pests will hide in cracks and crevices in your office.  Take your time and be thorough. (If this is not possible just move to next step.

SANITIZE every surface in the area.

Remove ALL other possible sources. Foods should not be kept in your desk.  Keep these items in the breakroom.  If you must bring them to your desk, be sure they are in sealed containers.

Call the pest control company only after these steps have been completed.   If the preparations have not been completed, the problem will not likely be solved by the treatment.  Total cooperation between the office personnel and the pest management technician is a must.

After the treatment, it is common to still see live insects.  These should be wiped up and killed. (flush them down the toilet)

Again remember, cooperation between the treating technicians and the office staff is a MUST if this treatment is to be effective.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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