While every office may seem like a hive of activity at first glance, work in one for any length of time and you will come to realise that all is not as it seems.

The colleagues that seem nice enough upon first introduction soon reveal their true colours, and there are some species that you are sure to encounter again and again throughout your career.

8 Common Office Pests

Can you recognise any of the following common office pests in your current workplace?!

1 – The Queen Bee: You probably thought you’d gotten away from Queen Bees when you left high school. Unfortunately that’s not the case. The Queen Bee is the leader of the pack, and is not necessarily a female.

These privileged creatures seem to have it all – looks, talent, intelligence, style and the rest – and are anything but humble about it. Despite being somewhat arrogant, self-serving and even cruel at times, others seems to fall over themselves to be in the granted access to their world.

2 – Moths: Where there is a Queen Bee, you will find plenty of moths. Less colourful and lacking in confidence, they are magnetically drawn to serve the (unoffical) hive leader, regardless of potential threat to their own career and workplace wellbeing.

3 – Ants: In the insect kingdom, ants are known as the workers. So why would an ant be an office pest?

The ants are the bureaucrats and the bean counters of the workplace, and are commonly found at all levels of government. Things have to be done by the book, and they dislike deviating from the trail of what has been done before.

4 – Lady Bug: Male or female, lady bugs have a reputation for being one of the most promiscuous of insects on the entire planet.

Your local workplace lady bug may be young or old; their behaviour ranges from inappropriate comments, leering or getting a bit too up close and personal at every opportunity, to the womaniser never missing a chance to hook up with a new conquest at every Christmas party.

And before anybody gets too upset about the use of a sexist term like “womaniser”, the female version is known as a man-eater! They remind us of the redback spiders of the insect world, having their wicked way and then dining on their mate.

5 – Moving right along to the Dragonflies: And that’s exactly what dragonflies do. These are bright, shiny, colourful creatures, but they’re never still for long.

They might be intelligent, well educated, creative, and extremely good at whatever they do, but they have a habit of flitting from one workplace to another – usually landing on a higher perch with every move. Dang it!

6 – Dung beetles: Be warned – dung beetles are full of poo.

Sadly we have come across way too many dung beetles in our time – they’re the ones that perform incredibly well at interviews, but once they’re on the job? Turns out, they were were just full of it and actually have no clue …

7 – Stick insects: These are the ones that hold back from getting involved, forming friendships or being a part of workplace camaraderie. We’ve called them stick insects because in the wild, female stick insects are solitary creatures, to the point where they don’t even need to find a mate to reproduce!

8 – Termites: Have you ever been white anted at work? White anting behaviour is a covert form of bullying. It’s hidden away so that it’s only later that you realise the damage that has been done by the white ant, as they’ve been busy spreading rumours, backstabbing, undermining, and/or excluding you from the loop.

And this is just skimming the surface …

We’re sure you’ll agree that the social environment of any workplace is such a fascinating subject, it’s amazing that anybody ever gets any work done!