Hospital and Health-Care Pest Control

Exterior of a hospital with the word EMERGENCY over the archway

Pest control in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-related facilities is a real challenge. It's right up our alley, though, because Dayton Pest Control specializes in environmentally-responsible pest control that emphasizes non-chemical integrated pest management as its first-line pest control strategy.

There are several reasons why pest control in health-care facilities is challenging. One is simply that as is the case with all buildings that are accessible to the public, there's a bigger chance that eventually someone who is particularly sensitive to environmental chemicals, like pesticides, will enter the building.

In a hospital, nursing home, clinic, doctor's office, or other health-care facility, the problem is compounded by the fact that most people who visit those places tend to already be ill. We certainly don't want to make matters any worse for them. But at the same time, having rats, mice, cockroaches, or other disease-vectoring pests running around the hospital isn't conducive to good health, either.

Another challenge, in the case of 24-hour facilities, is that there's no time when we can just clear everyone out, do our thing, and lock up behind ourselves. No matter what time we arrive there will be people, many of them not feeling their best, in the building. That presents a big challenge for old-time exterminators whose primary tool was a sprayer full of smelly chemicals.

Integrated Pest Management for Health Care Centers

Fortunately, the times have changed; and with the changes has come a new, modern, healthy approach to pest control known as IPM, or Integrated Pest Management. IPM seeks to minimize the need for chemical pest control by relying on non-chemical methods as first-line pest management tools.

Hospital IPM relies heavily on the following non-chemical control techniques:

Inspection. Most of our visits will consist mainly of inspection, both of the building and of the monitoring traps we've discreetly installed in it. The most important pest control tool we carry is a flashlight.

Communication. There will be an IPM log book that is accessible to hospital staff, in which they can report any pest sightings. Our technician, in turn, will record the actions taken to address the sighting.

Sanitation. We make the facility's Housekeeping or Environmental Services department aware of problems they may not have been aware of, but which are conducive to pest infestation.

Exclusion. We look for ways that pests could get into you building, and then make sure they're fixed to seal out the vermin.

Trapping. We use a lot of traps for both monitoring and control purposes. We routinely use sticky traps, mechanical traps, light traps, and pheromone traps both to alert us to pest problems and to solve those problems.

The conscientious application of all of the above techniques will help reduce the likelihood that pesticides will be needed. But if they are, we use a wide variety of minimally-toxic materials, that are precisely applied, in extremely small quantities, exactly where they're needed -- and no where else.

If you are responsible for environmental services at a health care facility and your facility is having a pest problem, please contact us to schedule a meeting and a no-obligation inspection of your facility. We service all kinds of health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers, mental health clinics, and private doctor's and dentist's offices.

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