Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities

,Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities

What are the common problems we face when treating pest control in healthcare facilities? There are more pests in healthcare facilities than you may think. Those healthcare facilities include doctors offices, dental offices, urgent care offices, senior living facilities, and more. For the patients safety, maintaining a pest free facility is the utmost importance.

At Absolute Pest Control, we are experts in treating and eliminating pests in healthcare facilities. We understand the potential risks of pest control in healthcare facilities. Working as a team with each facility, so we will reduce any reoccurrence of any pest issues.

What are the common types of pests found in healthcare facilities?

Pest Control in Healthcare FacilitiesAnts- Ants can flock to trash receptacles, leftover food, and food storage areas.

Bed Bugs- Bed bugs are terrible and can easily transfer from luggage to bedding and certainly create negative press.

Birds- Birds are drawn to buildings for nesting, rest, and protection from the elements. The bird droppings can bring dangerous pathogens into the ventilation system.

Flies- Flies are known to be carriers of bacteria and pathogens.

What Will Happen If There Is No Pest Control In Healthcare Facilities?

There can be contamination of sterile areas. Patients and service providers may suffer from infections due to bug bites or stings. Furthermore, patients may complain or stop visiting the facility. The facility may suffer from turnover of employees. Consequently which will lead to a loss in revenue. Large infestation incur large bills to treat.

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Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Most everyone has a phobia. Much like my fear of the dentist, since I was a child I’ve experienced anxiety when thinking about a visit to the dentist. I break out into a sweat thinking about going and immediately start looking for any and every excuse of how I can get out of my upcoming appointment. Life experiences, heredity, and your brain chemistry and genetics can cause Phobias. A common phobia is that of mice, or Musophobia. Do you suffer from Musophobia? Let’s do some research and find out.

AHHHH It’s a Mouse!

When you see a mouse do you jump on the couch, grab the closest thing you can swing, and scream loudly? If so you are probably a Musophibic. Other symptoms could be getting antsy when you see a picture of a rat or mouse, or when someone says the word or a joke about mice. Your mouth might get dry and you might have the urge to freeze, scream, or run.

Trunk or Treat

Cartoons, pictures, and many other references usually depict elephants as having Musophobia. Some zoologists say this is a myth. There is an episode of Mythbusters that show Adult Elephants actively avoiding mice. Women are often depicted as having a fear of mice as well, they are shown jumping onto chairs or other furniture and screaming when a mouse comes into view. Although in my life I’ve seen just as many men terrified of mice and women or elephants.

What is the Cure?

This phobia can be treated several ways. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Response Prevention, Group Therapy, Medication or Mediation. Exposure is usually the most effective method.  With the help of a health professional and the use of gradual exposure the fear can be lifted. There is medication you can take as well. They do not cause a cure but do suppress the symptoms.  Make sure to ask your doctor what treatment is best for you.

When to Call a Professional?

If you find yourself with a mouse problem and you struggle with Musophobia I would contact a pest control company ASAP. If you do not have the fear you should research the pest before you attempt removal, it is best to contact your local Pest Control Company soon.

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Bed Bugs! Don't Let Them Bite

Bed Bugs! Don’t Let Them Bite

Bed bugs are small, non-flying, oval insects, that survive by the blood of humans or insects. They do not live only in your bed. They can live anywhere in your home. Including cracks in your furniture or any cloth fabric. But they are often found in your bed or mattress, bed springs or bed frame. They usually bite while you sleep. Their bite is painless and looks like a rash. They are not poisonous and their bites do not spread disease to humans, but they do itch and the skin can become infected from scratching.

How to Find Bed Bugs

It’s best to find them early. An infestation can easily spread or become established. They are much easier to treat at the earlier stages. The first sign of may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. They tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there.

Look in crevices and cracks and on or near your bed to locate them. You should look for Fecal Stains, skins, and egg cases. If you only see the bed bugs themselves, you’ve got an active infestation. 

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

They are the size of an apple seed. Long, oval, and brown if they are hungry. Balloon-Like, reddish, and more elongated if they have just eaten. They have wings, but do not fly. They have a musty smell. Young bed bugs are smaller and more translucent with a whitish yellow color and if they are hungry almost invisible to the naked eye.

In general eggs are the size of a tiny pinhead, pearl white, and after 5 days marked with an eye spot.

How Long to Bed Bugs Live?

These bugs have exoskeletons. A nymph (hatch-ling) must shed their skin, or molt 5 to 7 times to become an adult. Molting (shedding of skin) can only take place after a hatch-ling has eaten. Since they eat every 3-5 days, egg to adult usually takes 37 days. The adult bed bug can live up to a year.

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Does Your Dog Have Fleas?

Does Your Dog Have Fleas?

I love my dog more than anything else in this world. He is always there when I come home. He comforts me when I’ve had a dreadful day, plays with me on a good day, loves me unconditionally and I must say he is the most handsome boy in the world. There is nothing I hate more than seeing my boy itchy with fleas. It’s so easy for animals to catch fleas I thought we could explore some facts about your dog and fleas, so you can answer the question, does your dog have fleas?

Fleas Hitch Rides with Animals

I love going to the Bark Park with my boy. He loves to play with the puppies and gets in his exercise in when we play. It’s always good to see him have such a fun time, until we get home and he starts scratching. Hearing him whine as he scratches leaves my heart broken, every time.

Fleas do not fly but they do jump from dog to dog. To avoid an infestation, I invite his doggy friends over for a play date. This way I can be selective of which pets are around my dog. Limiting his chances of catching these itchy pests.

Fleas are not only carried by other dogs. They are often dropped off in your yard by the squirrel looking for his nut, or the raccoon looking through the trash. Fleas are left in the environment when the eggs are dropped from an animal, usually running. Your yard can quickly become infested letting your animal carry fleas into your home. It’s best to treat the yard to protect your furry family and human family.

When to Treat for Fleas?

It’s always best and most cost effective to treat any pest problem before it becomes a problem. Calling a pest control company is always the best treatment but learning what they look like will help. Cats and dogs can be good groomers so seeing fleas isn’t always easy. If your pet is itchy you should check them for fleas. Fleas like to hide in warm wet places. They like the ears and the groin of your pet. Check their belly for the red effects of the flea’s bite, or for the dirt left behind from their feces. Some animals will scratch excessively, and this causes hair loss. If you see them it’s best to treat the animal and call a pest control company.

Fleas and Disease

Most all fleas carry tape worms. Since your pet grooms themselves and eats the fleas, they also eat the tapeworms. These pests cause issues within your animal intestinal track and can be costly to repair. With the help of a vet and early detection you can prevent damage to your animal. Checking for fleas regularly is always a positive way to help maintain your pets health. Does your dog have fleas? Give us a call for your free estimate.

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Pest Control Myths

Pest Control Myths

How many times have you heard of a home remedy that didn’t work for someone? There are so many pest control myths out there it’s easy to get lost trying to locate one that will work for you. We’ve located a few of these myths and listed them below for you, just remember call us when you are ready to get rid of the myths and the pests!

Mice Like Cheese

A lot of people use mouse traps to get rid of them. The idea is that the mice will get trapped under the wrong end of the trap when they go after the tasty cheese treat you left behind. Ending your battle with the mouse. The two problems here are 1. Is never a mouse. It’s always mice and 2. Mice would prefer something sweet over cheese. It’s a great idea to try and trap them, but using food that would actually attract them will help.

People try to solve the mouse problem with a pet cat. The problem here is that not all cats will chase mice. So will and are great ways to help get mice from your house, others will not do anything to help you with your pest problem. Mice are capable of hiding in places your cat cannot reach even if the cat will chase them. They are good of notifying you of a mouse problem.

My House is Too Clean for Cockroaches

Unsanitary locations are the best place for a cockroach. There is plenty of food and places to hide. But they will live in the cleanest of places as well. Any where they can find food and water is a place they will live and hide. They infest an area and remain unseen most of the time. If you see one, there are many more in hiding. Give us a call for a free estimate for removal.

I Don’t Have a Pest, so I Don’t Need Pest Control

This is the biggest of the pest control Myths. The best time to start a pest control regime is before you have a problem. It is much more expensive to get rid of a pest problem than it is to maintain a home without pest issues. Getting started is easy. Give us a call for your free estimate.

Pesticides Will Not Hurt My Children or Pets

This is true. If applied correctly. Care and proper knowledge is needed to safely use pesticides for your pest control. If used properly they will not cause harm to pets or children. If they are not applied correctly they can be more dangerous than the pests themselves.

Ultrasonic Repellers Work

For decades retailers have sold Ultrasonic Repellers. The supported technique is that they produce an extremely high-pitched sound that will run hundreds of types of pest off. Pest Control Myths can be expensive and costly when they do not work. The Federal Trade Commission has stated they do not have any evidence that these devices work. To save time and money stick with a traditional pest control company.

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Keeping Your Backyard Mosquito Free

Keeping Your Backyard Mosquito Free

Sometimes mosquitoes can ruin your summertime back yard party. They can run your guest off. Keeping your backyard mosquito free can make or break your summer plans. Below are some tips on how you can manage the pests that show up uninvited to your parties.

Running off Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are the worst. They bite repeatedly and can run your guest off. Keeping a fan on will sometimes help since mosquitoes are not traditionally good fliers. Basil leaves produce an aroma that mosquitoes do not like. Placing some basil centerpieces on your tables will help keep your backyard mosquito free.

Mosquito Prevention

Having standing water will always be a welcome mat to Mosquitoes. Make sure your bird bath is free of excess water. Cook with some garlic. Mosquitoes hate garlic. Do you use essential oils? Using their CATNIP oil is a natural repellent for Mosquitoes. If you aren’t afraid of a little Bat, you can build a bat house. Bat’s can eat hundreds of insects in just an hour.

Yard Work

Keeping your yard nicely mowed isn’t just good for your relationship with your neighbors. Having a clean yard prevents mosquitoes from having a place to hide. Clean your gutters, trim the hedges, and keep the grass trimmed. Rosemary, Citronella grass, and Marigolds all keep mosquitoes away. If you plant these plants you could enjoy more outdoor time in the summer.

Flowers

Planting flowers cannot only liven up your landscaping it can help you repel mosquitoes. Lavender smells great, relaxes you, and keeps mosquitoes away. Plant some mint to make your Tea tasty and to repel mosquitoes. Rosemary can be used in many lotions to soften your skin as well as a natural way to keep bugs out of your garden.

Free Estimates

Using Absolute Pest Control’s perimeter defense system targets any areas that may potentially be a problem. Your 1st initial service will combine the interior and exterior barrier against unwanted insects, pests, spiders, etc. This, combined with a regular monthly outside treatment, creates the ultimate defense system against unwanted pests. You are no longer inconvenienced with scheduling or waiting for your technician to arrive and complete your service. BUT, anytime an inside is needed, contact us and we will treat the inside free.

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Protecting Your Thanksgiving Dinner From Pests

Protecting Your Thanksgiving Dinner From Pests

protecting your Thanksgiving Dinner From PestsIt’s getting close, so close I can smell the pumpkin pie baking in the kitchen. Thanksgiving brings us family time, loads of food and the Thanksgiving Day Parade! Hours upon hours of food prep and devouring of the feast!

But it also can mean crumbs, forgotten food and a dinner delight for pests!

Having a pest problems on a regular day is bad enough but add in a traditional holiday and tons of guests…. It may end crazy. When the mosquitos and ants go away with the warm weather, we are often left with mice, rats, squirrels, skunks, etc looking for food and warmth.

So how can you protect your Thanksgiving Dinner from Pests?

  • Store Food in air tight containers – Are you making dozens of cookies for the neighbors and family? Keep all cookies in airtight containers. This helps keep pests out and the yummy cookies fresh. Any and all baking ingredients should also be stored in sealed containers or bags.
  • Clean all prep areas immediately – Are you a lazy cleaner upper? This is the worst time of the year for being lazy in the kitchen. Clean up immediately after functions or if there are any spills.
  • Clean up serving areas immediately – Are you having a buffet for your human guests? Make sure you patrol the area for spills and left over dishes. Follow the guests to where they have eaten and clean up left over dishes or cups when appropriate.
  • Remove trash often – Are you waiting for the trash can to be all the way full? Don’t do it! Take out your kitchen trash after each meal. And, don’t forget to check bathroom trash cans after each function. Guests may be embarrassed to throw food away in a trash can that is in full view of the host (or hostess). The only other option is a bathroom.
  • Send leftovers home with guests – Are you really going to eat those brownies or 4 dozen cookies? Well, maybe you will. But if you don’t have appropriate storage containers for the food, send it home with your guests! It will keep your waistline trim and provide less opportunity for pests to have snacks!

We hope these tips will help protecting your Thanksgiving Dinner From Pests!

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. Hopefully these tips will help keep your eyes twinkling and home secure! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us HERE or Call our office at 615-220-1933

How To Remove Bed Bugs With Steam

How to Remove Bed Bugs With Steam!

Bed Bugs can hide anywhereIt’s a horror story that we hope is reserved for low quality hotels and motels, but it can happen anywhere. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that tend to live in clothing, old luggage or as the name suggest, in beds. They tend to hide in places where they are unlikely to be found, but have a quick path to bite people at night. So we will tell you how to use steam to get rid of bed bugs.

steam bed bugsIt is a common misconception that bed bugs are commonly found in places that are dirty, but this isn’t necessarily true. Since bed bugs live on blood, anywhere they can find it is as likely of a place to find them. So you could very well find bed bugs in a nice hotel such as Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, a cheap motel on the highway or even in your own home regardless of the cleanliness. Luckily, there is a simple removal process for killing bed bugs with steam so you can keep your home bug-free.

How To Kill Bed Bugs With Steam!

Steam is incredibly effective in the removal of bed bugs, however you will need a quality steamer. A steamer used for clothing or something such as a carpet cleaner will not work. You will want to use a commercial steamer, as these are the only ones which actually get hot enough to kill bed bugs using steam. These commercial steamers can be very expensive to buy, upwards of a thousand dollars, however you can simply rent a machine.

 

This steam works because it delivers a lethal amount of heat to bed bugs to kill them while causing no damage to your bed. This steam will kill any bed bugs on the surface, as well as bugs as deep as 3/4ths of an inch in the mattress. The surface of the fabric should be only between 160-180 degrees F, at this temperature the bed bugs will die however the fabric will not be damaged. When using the steamer, make sure to follow the directions the manufacturer provides to safely use the machine. Steam can cause burns, so be careful! Bed bugs can also be places besides your bed, so the steamer can also be applied to any area that you suspect may contain bed bugs. Following the steaming process, any bed bugs should be dead and any fabric may be damp. This will not hurt the fabric, just turn on a fan and let it air out and dry.

If you need further assistance or just don’t want to deal with the mess of getting rid of Bed Bugs with steam please give us a call at 615-220-1933. We are the area experts and can quickly and efficiently take care of your bed bug issues.

Bug of the Month for November: Brown Recluse Spider

 

Bug of the Month for November: Brown Recluse Spider

Welcome back to this month’s installment for Bug of the Month. Last month, we talked about the wolf spider. We said that wolf spiders were often confused with brown recluses, so we decided that November would be all about the brown recluse!

Brown recluses are quite a bit more dangerous than wolf spiders, but are rarely ever deadly. Here are a few ways to identify and get rid of brown recluses.

What do brown recluses look like?Venomous Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluses are, well, brown! But seriously, they are usually a centimeter long and half a centimeter wide, and they are known for having a violin-shaped dark spot on their back toward their head. This is why they got the nickname “fiddleback spiders”. The spot gets darker the older the spider is.

While most spiders have eight eyes, the brown recluse only has six. This is perhaps the most distinguishable characteristic of the brown recluse. Perhaps even more so than the “violin”.

Another distinguishing feature is their legs. Brown recluses’ legs are slightly slanted when they are relaxed. The spider’s entire body is covered in tiny, velvety hairs.

How do brown recluse spiders behave?

Brown recluses get the “recluse” part of their name because they generally tend to avoid human interaction. They hide in dark places in and around buildings and can go for long times without eating.

The female brown recluse mates only once and continues to bear offspring. There are often large numbers of brown recluses that are never spotted due to their reclusive nature.

Where do brown recluses live?

Brown recluse spiders live in the south-central and southeastern United States and are very rarely seen anywhere else.

The brown recluse spider often lives in manmade structures and close to the ground. The most likely places to find them are in basements, under porches, and deep inside closets.

What does a brown recluse bite look like, and what should I do if I am bitten?

Most of the time, the brown recluse bite is very minor and may turn red. Sometimes there might not even be a reaction at all. However, because you never know how you will react, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Some individuals who are sensitive to the venom may see a white blister arise. The area around the blister may harden. If not treated immediately, some blue spots surrounded by redness may appear, giving the brown recluse bite a “red, white, and blue” look.

In rare cases, the bite may become gangrenous and leave a large, open wound.

If you are bitten by a brown recluse, wash the bite immediately and seek medical attention, even if you aren’t feeling symptoms because it can sometimes take a few hours for the symptoms to start.

How can I get rid of brown recluses.

To prevent spider infestations, all doors and windows should be sealed. Also, try not to leave food and waste lying around. If you do see a brown recluse infestation, there are several products that can be used to kill spiders and prevent them from coming back.

Unlike the wolf spider, the brown recluse tends to stay in packs. There can be hundreds of brown recluse spiders in a single infestation, most of which will never be seen. If you have a brown recluse infestation, don’t hesitate to call Absolute Pest Control at (615)-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Our Steamer Will Kill Bed Bugs Fast & Affordably

Absolute Pest Control Offers a New Service That Uses Steam Cleaning to Kill Bed Bugs

"Bed bug, Cimex lectularius" by Content Providers(s): CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki - http://phil.cdc.gov/phil. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectularius.jpg#/media/File:Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectularius.jpg

“Bed bug, Cimex lectularius” by Content Providers(s): CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki

Have you noticed a rash on your skin after waking up in the morning? Do you notice an odor that smells like rotten raspberries? Have you noticed tiny, white bugs around your bed or furniture?  You might have bed bugs!  

Bed bugs are known for being very hard to kill, but have no fear! Absolute Pest Control has a new, proven steam cleaning method to kill bed bugs and keep them from coming back!

What we do is go into the room where the infestation is and use our brand new steam cleaning units to weed them out. The unit works by heating the room to 140 degrees for 2-4 hours. After that, say ‘goodbye’ to bed bugs!

Not only does this new service kill bed bugs, but it also kills bacteria and gets rid of nasty smells such as cigarette smoke and pet odors. With these added benefits, this is, by far, the best way to kill bed bugs and keep them away from you and your loved ones.

Again, this is a brand new, proven technique. We are only the second company in Tennessee to offer this service! And not only is it priced lower than other methods used to kill bed bugs, we are also offering a 100% money back guarantee!

If you’re wanting to kill those terrible bed bugs, click here, or give us a call at 615-220-1933 or 615-650-0700.

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