More recently, bed bugs began leaving the comfortable sanctuary of American bedrooms and showing up at schools, libraries, hospitals and office. This summer, the first reports of bed bugs in retail stores and a slew of workplace infestations caused panicked Americans to see bed bugs lurking around every corner.
Bed bugs are not inherent to any building. They're brought in with employees, their bags, purses, luggage, or on furniture. Rarely is it a company's fault that bed bugs were introduced into a building. When one bed bug is sighted, acknowledge that there are more.
Keeping a pair of shoes for use in the work place until the bed bugs are gone helps to prevent infestations in employees' homes and cars Reduce clutter if at all possible. Advise staff to check their shoes and other clothing when they at the end of the day.
Bed bugs are a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night. Their bites can result in a number of health impacts including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from invisible, to small areas of redness, to prominent blisters.
When one bed bug is sighted, acknowledge that there are more. Typically an office or commercial location has had an infestation for a month before an employee might spot a bed bug. Once in the office, bed bugs adjust their hours and feed on people when they are on site rather than their nocturnal schedule in a residence.
So, who would have thought we would be talking about bed bugs—the often used goodnight expression "don't let the bed bugs bite" takes on a new perspective in Your Workplace. Kathleen A. Nicolini, SPHR, MBA President, Favor Human Resources Consulting www.FavorHR.com SimpleSolutions@FavorHR.com