Keep Your Space Invader-Free: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Crawling Insects

Have you ever found crawling insects around your home or workplace and wondered how they got in? It’s not just you. When we leave a tiny crumb on the counter, ants may appear in a line to grab it and run. We may not even notice spiders building their homes in the corners of ours or cockroaches running out when we turn on the lights at night. These moments remind us that nature has a way of sneaking into our spaces, even when we think they’re closed off. This guide aims to help by discussing what these insects are, why they’re attracted to our homes and businesses, and, most importantly, how to keep them out.

What Are Crawling Insects?

Crawling insects are those small creatures that find their way walking on the ground. This includes the many bugs we often see each day, like ants, spiders, cockroaches, and beetles. While they can seem harmless, their presence inside can be bothersome or sometimes harmful.

The Harmless vs. The Harmful

It’s important to distinguish between passing crawling insects and those that invade our spaces, posing a threat to our health, safety, and property. This knowledge is a crucial factor in deciding when to seek professional help for pest management.

Harmless Visitors

Crawling insects, like pill bugs, are detritivores and feed on decomposing plant material, playing a crucial role in natural recycling. These crawling insects aren’t harmful and don’t pose a threat to us or our living spaces. They don’t go after human food or materials and are more of a fascinating sight than a cause for concern. Encountering these creatures can be a sign of a healthy outdoor ecosystem nearby but doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem inside.

Potentially Harmful Pests

On the other side of the spectrum are pests that can cause actual harm. These include:

      • Cockroaches: Cockroaches carry harmful pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella that can contaminate food surfaces and cause illness. Their droppings and shed skin can trigger allergies and asthma in vulnerable individuals.

      • Ants: Certain species of ants are not just a nuisance; they can also pose a risk to your property. Carpenter ants, for example, can damage wood structures as they build their nests. Others, like the common household ants, may contaminate food sources.

      • Spiders: Many spiders are harmless and can even help us by eating other insects. But, some kinds, like the black widow or brown recluse, might bite or attack if they feel threatened.

      • Bedbugs: Although not typically considered a health hazard, bedbugs can cause discomfort through their bites and significantly impact mental well-being and sleep quality.

    Why Do I Have a Crawling Insect Problem?

    Crawling insects come to our homes and businesses because they’re looking for things like food, water, and a place to stay. Cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows, and tiny openings around pipes make it easy for them to get in. Also, if it’s damp around your place, the crawling insects might find it even more inviting.

    How Do I Get Rid of Crawling Insects?

    Effective pest control starts with prevention. By taking proactive measures, we can deter crawling insects from making our homes their own. The three most effective and immediate steps you can take to minimize the risk of an infestation are:

        • Seal Entry Points: Regularly inspect and repair any cracks or gaps in the building’s exterior.

        • Maintain Cleanliness: Reduce food and water sources by keeping areas clean and dry.

        • Use Barrier Treatments: Biochem treatments offer a proven solution by creating an invisible shield that prevents insects from entering.

      Our homes and workplaces are important to us. When crawling insects invade these spaces, it can make us uncomfortable. You might try to handle it on your own at first, but sometimes, the problem is bigger than what DIY solutions can fix. That’s where we can lend a hand. We know a lot about these pests and how to keep them away for good.

      Reaching out to a Biochem representative isn’t just asking for help—it’s choosing to make your space comfortable and safe again.  We care about your well-being and so we are happy to offer you a free quote for customized professional help. Let’s work together to keep your place the way it should be: free of unwanted guests.

      The Benefits of Touchless Bathroom Experiences

      If there’s one thing a facility manager understands, it’s the seriousness of washroom hygiene. Touchless or automatic amenities in commercial washrooms have been around for a long time. They’ve usually been considered a “nice to have ” amenity. But since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, automatic washroom amenities are now a matter of public health and safety.

       In a 2020 survey conducted by Dyson, three-quarters of Canadians expressed concern about visiting public washrooms during the pandemic. More than half of them choose to visit public washrooms less frequently. The survey also mentions that 42% of Canadians are concerned with touching buttons on hand dryers.  This shows that automatic hand dryers are a solution for minimizing the spread of bacteria and help your guests or customers feel more comfortable using your commercial washroom.

      On that note, there are several benefits to investing in a touchless bathroom experience and a few ways to do so. Four of them include:

      1. Waste reduction and cost savings: Touchless products can control the quantity of product dispensed with pre-set amounts. For faucets, soap, and sanitizer dispensers, you can calibrate how much product can be used by one person at a time. These prevent people from using too much water, soap, or paper towels and save you replacement costs in the long run. Automatic faucets can help reduce your facility’s water consumption by up to 20%.
      1. Ease of use: Automatic features in faucets and dispensers are also convenient for children or people with limited motor skills. Touchless bathroom faucets are equipped with sensors that only have to detect a person’s hands. Your guests will appreciate not having to touch and adjust hot and cold-water knobs or soap dispensers (knobs which, by the way, can build up grime from contact).
      1. Limits the spread of disease:  E-coli, hepatitis, and the common cold are a few diseases that can lurk on the surfaces of sinks, doorknobs, and toilet seats if not cleaned on demand. Automatic features can eliminate the physical contact required to operate amenities and prevent guests from constantly touching the same surfaces. This helps protect staff and guests who frequently come in and out of your facility.
      1. Improves your bathrooms’s visual appearance: Automated products are usually sleek and modern in design. In commercial spaces like hotels, restaurants, malls, and offices, washrooms can provide your guests with a luxurious and positive experience.

      How do touchless bathrooms work?

      The fixtures use built-in sensors to detect if a user is near and dispense water, sanitizer, or soap as needed. The sensor, power source, and controls that monitor product flow are all hidden from plain sight to ensure a sleek and easy to use system. In Touchless toilet systems, infrared motion sensors trigger when a user moves a specific distance away and flushes automatically.

      Design your touchless commercial bathroom with Biochem

      Build or upgrade your bathroom with a modern range of dispensers and disposal systems from Biochem. Our automatic product range includes:

      Feminine napkin disposal:

      • Bioguard Solar Lite: It is a discreet and hands-free disposal system that reduces the risk of cross-contamination. The system is solar-power assisted, energy saving to prolong the life of the battery. It is also available with a patented bacteriostatic solution that helps increase its capacity and reduce odours. Avoid having clumsy, unhygienic sanitary bins in your washrooms. Installing a modern unit with improved functionality will help your female guests feel comfortable using it.

      Automatic Dispensers:

      • Sanitizer Dispensers: Biochem has fixed and stand-up sanitizer dispensers available in 1000ml and 1200ml options. Both are built with durable and sleek designs. Our industrial grade/ high capacity sanitizer dispenser offers a 4-litre bottle usage and the option to be bolted to the floor for high-traffic washrooms or building entrances.
      • Soap Dispensers: These can be mounted for use with environmentally friendly hand soaps and even sanitizers. Biochem can provide your facility with gel and foam soaps made with hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and non-fragrant solutions. We also have available a countertop touchless unit, Bio Auto soap dispenser.
      • Auto Faucets: Our auto faucets can help conserve water using a lower flow rate. Bio Auto Solar faucet comes built with a solar panel assist to the battery to help save energy so they can be used longer and without interruptions.

      Leave your installation to Biochem! To get a quote on any of Biochem’s automatic products or to find out how Biochem can help you plan touchless bathrooms, contact your local Biochem office or call their Head Office at 416-747-6600.

      Our New Look

      We’ve refreshed our brand and logo!

      To mark Biochem Environmental Solutions upcoming 25th anniversary, we are proud to announce the launch of Biochem’s new logo.

      Our business has grown and evolved over the years, and we felt it was time for a change to reflect who we are today and take us boldly into the future.

      As you know, we have never stopped innovating, which is why the new brand identity embraces a modern look and feel without sacrificing the brand equity, and rich history our customers trust and value today.

      We are also excited to give our distinctive “Solutions Drop” the prominence it deserves in our logo to identify with our innovative solutions for people by people. In the coming months we will updating our collateral, uniforms, vehicles, business cards, products labels and more to reflect our new look and feel. Changing our logo will involve many practical steps and take some time and this work has already begun.

      If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.