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Pests in Hospitals?


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What are the things you think about when you consider a hospital operating room? Other than doctors, nurses and surgical equipment?

If you said that you imagine that an operating room is a sterile environment, then you are on the right track. This is crucial and necessary to prevent infection in patients and a completely clean room is vital to a hospital.

Now try to imagine a cockroach suddenly crawling its way across an operating room floor while doctors and nurses have a patient on the table that they are working on.

Well, that actually happened to a surgeon in India and he stopped the operation and took a video of it in order to show hospital management just how bad conditions had gotten. He said that the patient was in no danger and everyone was OK, but pests in hospitals are bad news.

If you operate or manage a healthcare facility, you can contact an Ehrlich pest specialist to discuss your pest needs today.

A Sterile Environment

One of the most critical things that hospitals worry about is infection. Even more than some illnesses and operations, the risk of wounds becoming infected is tremendous. An infection can become fatal to patients and hospitals try to do all they can to make sure that threat is minimized or eliminated.

Unfortunately, a big hospital or healthcare building is just too attractive for some pests. They will do all they can to work their way into the walls, get through cracks and crevices and try to get inside to find food and shelter. They bring with them the threat of infection from the dirt and bacteria they carry with them.

Pests In Hospitals Happen Here, Too

Just because this aforementioned cockroach incident happened in another country, doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious concern for hospitals here in North America. In fact, it is very much a concern. Any large building where there are a lot of people in a relatively small space, that serves food, has lots of dark, cool, hidden away closets and spaces is just the right kind of place for pests to infest. What’s more concerning,there are a wide variety of pests that can end up infesting a hospital, such as:

Of course, pest control professionals can’t just come marching into a healthcare facility and start spraying randomly. There are procedures that have to be followed to ensure that a patient’s safety is given full consideration. Specialists and technicians target their treatments, knowing fully where pests like to hide and where infestations are most likely to occur. A high quality pest control company should not only provide solutions that get rid of the problem, but also prevent pests from returning.

Hospitals spend a lot of money every year in the states to get rid of pests. However, pests are very persistent. There is even a type of ant that seems to prefer hospitals – the Pharaoh Ant.

The Hospital Pest – Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh Ants are very small, not much bigger than the tip of a pen. They are almost see-through, too. However, for some reason, they have a particular penchant for scouting and building colonies in hospitals. They build colonies fast, too, and can become a potentially dangerous problem in areas where medical and surgical instruments are kept.

Pharaoh Ants will look for food, but they also have been known to chew away at fabrics like silk, rubber and rayon. They breed very fast and just a single grouping can infest an entire office block – or a large hospital, and push out all of the other insects.

Specialized Training

It takes a complete package to make sure that healthcare facilities, like hospitals and doctor’s offices, are pest-free. It means offering advice for construction projects and consulting with managers to make sure that areas of pest harborage are eliminated or marked for future treatment.

Pests are sneaky and require constant vigilance to prevent problems down the road.  For example, bed bugs can become a real issue because just missing a couple of them can result in a re-infestation in an area that was previously treated. That’s why pest control specialists who treat healthcare facilities are constantly trained to seek out pests, remove them, and then work with hospital management to create a preventative system to stop infestations from occurring.

A doctor should never have to stop in the middle of surgery to film roaches, beetles, flies or any pests and patients are kept safe and rooms sterile. If a hospital has a proper pest control company under contract, patients and staff should never realize that pest control measures are even in place at all. Your pest control provider should be able to work in a discrete manner that keeps pests out and your patients and staff safe.

If you would like to speak to an Ehrlich specialist about your pest control needs, contact us.

Ashley Smith

Ashley is a Digital Content Manager with Rentokil. She loves drinking coffee and spending time with her dogs.

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