State Workers Overrun by Rats and Roaches

Target pest breeding spots to prevent unwanted guests in your facility

May 2, 2019

Good facility maintenance provides a safe building where workers can concentrate on their jobs without worrying about their health. Employees at a state-run building in Austin, TX, have had a difficult time working due to an infestation of rats, insects, and other pests invading their building, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

Between September 2010 and March 2019, state workers have submitted hundreds of work orders regarding pest elimination to the Texas Facilities Commission, the property manager for many state buildings, regarding conditions at the William P. Hobby Jr. State Office Building. In one order, a worker described ants dropping from the ceiling onto her hands while she used her computer. Another told how a rat jumped out of her coat pocket when she left her office at the end of the day. Several work orders told of finding live cockroaches on desks, in urinals, and inside desk drawers.

Due to state budget constraints, only one full-time employee handles all the pest services for the Hobby Building as well as about 40 other Austin properties. Earlier this year that worker sealed and treated all the building cracks that allowed pests to enter the facility but has not made it back for monthly servicing.

Staying on top of pest control is crucial to keeping your facility free of unwanted guests. Don Ramsey, the housekeeping manager for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, suggests you get under your buildings to find where pests breed and eliminate them before they invade your facility occupant’s working quarters. He also suggests the following tips:

  • Designate an employee to become a qualified pest control technician.
  • Research your facility’s history of pest-related calls to find your trouble areas.
  • Explore the interior spaces of your building using blue prints to find pest hotspots.
  • Bait and spray under your buildings in the spring and fall.

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