COMMON PEST CONTROL THREATS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

There are four main common pest control threats in healthcare facilities: Bed Bugs, Ants, Cockroaches, and Rodents. Each of those pests brings their own problems and/or diseases that can harm the healthcare facility residents. When you are doing a tour of a nursing home (or similar facility) make sure you look closely at the mattress and in the corners of places for signs of pest infestations.

Bed Bugs

Are bed bugs a common pest control threat in healthcare facilities? Yes, they certainly are. Bed bugs can come from anywhere. From the nicest hotels to the dirtiest of homes (and all places in between). Many bed bugs are transported without knowledge of the person moving them from place to place.

What can you do? When moving yourself or a loved one into a facility, take a close look at the mattress. Are there any blood spots around the seams? That is a hugs red flag that bed bugs have been there. When returning from a stay, always unpack your luggage in the garage. Then, wash and dry your clothing on high heat.

Ants

Are ants a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Yes, again! Ants are social insects. So if you see one, chances are there are many behind the walls. Most ants are a nuisance. But, Pharaoh Ants, are the real problem. Our research shows that these Pharaoh ants are drawn to intravenous units, medical preparation stations, and open wounds. Added the hazardousness of these ants, they can transmit diseases such as Salmonella and Streptococcus.

Cockroaches

Are cockroaches a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Double yes for this answer! Cockroaches are known to be a hazard in all homes or businesses. These small insects carry disease and are particularly hard to get rid of. There is the possibility of transmitting over 30 different types of bacteria and six types of parasitic worms. E. Coli and Salmonella are the most common type of bacteria transmitted via cockroaches. If the cockroaches are in the cafeteria, you can imagine the problems that would ensue.

Rodents

Are rodents a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Rodents like mice and rats are the last common threat at healthcare facilities topic. Did you know that inhaling the dust of mice and rats can leave you with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)? Yes. These contaminants can get into the drinking water or food. The symptoms mirror the flu and can be deadly if not treated properly and quickly.

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3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

Why do people have rodent infestations? Because rodents are wild animals doing what they need to for survival. If your home provides the basic needs for rodents, they will consider it an invitation. What are the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House?

Shelter

Food

Smells

Shelter-

Rodents are not as large as humans. This means the spaces we don’t pay attention to are perfect for them. Barns and abandoned buildings are a favorite of rodents. How are the rodents gaining entrance to your personal space? Routine inspections of your home, barn, or office building will reduce the chances of having unwanted rodents. Unsealed roofs, windows without screens, open vents, openings into the attic or crawlspace are common entry points. Imagine how small rodents can be, they need only a hole 25% of their body size to enter.

Food-

Messy kitchens, attics full of old boxes, grain bins, unsecured trash cans are all ways that rodents fill their bellies in your home. Because rodent teeth are always growing, they need things to gnaw on. Like old books, boxes, twigs, holes, almost anything. Keep any area that food is stored, prepared, served, and disposed of clean is important.

Smells-

Smells! Yes. Rodents have a good sense of smell. If they are walking between two homes and yours has good smells like peanut butter, hot dogs, minty dental floss, jelly beans, honey, and much more.

Hope this answers your questions about the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House.

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Rodents and the Health Risk They Cause

Rodents and the Health Risk They Cause

Rodents constantly grow incisors and do not have canines teeth. Rats, mice, squirrels, porcupines, or hamsters are all considered rodents. They gnaw at everything and they are the largest order of mammals in the world. They are uses as household pets and can be rather cute. Some bring disease and they can cause damage to your home. It’s good to know about rodents and the health risk they cause.

How Do They Spread Disease?

Since there are several diseases caused by rodents there are a number of ways that they can spread diseases. It’s best to call a Pest Control Company if you have an infestation, but you should also be familiar with the dangers caused by rodents.

Inhaling dust in the air that has been saturated with rat or mice urine or droppings, directly touching dropping or urine, a bite from the rodent, even swimming or kayaking in drinking water of the animal. Fleas that bite rodents and jumped to humans cause the bubonic plague. Touching a dead rat causes disease. In general stay away from rodent infested areas. Breathing the same air as the rats can cause disease.

What Diseases Are Caused by Rodents?

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome can cause kidney damage. Leptospirosis causes muscle spasms, headaches, or fevers. This disease can affect humans or animals. Mainly seen in domesticated dogs. The bubonic plague is cause by the fleas on rats. This disease caused mass amount of deaths in the Middle Ages, but this disease is still claiming lives. 1-7 days after you’ve come in contact with the plague you will start to have flu like systems. This is another reason it is important to understand rodents and the health risk they cause.

Avoiding Rodents

Rats contaminate 10 times the food they consume so it is very important to do your best to keep them out. Store your food in air tight containers. Plug holes or any hidey hole they might use to get in. They can enter through a hole just a quarter on an inch wide. So make sure you do a perimeter check. If you see them give us a call.

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