How to Ensure Your Healthcare Facility Remains Pest-Free

Tiny as they are, pests have the potential to make our lives unbearable. They invade our abodes and create a nuisance. Some of them will even cause scenarios that require the doctor’s intervention. The alarming fact is that some pests have no boundaries, and they can very much invade the same facilities where people seek medical intervention!

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In other words, healthcare facilities aren’t pest-proof, so to speak. They are also prone to infestation by roaches, mice, ants, flies, termites, and a whole bunch of other pesky bugs. In this piece, we will take a brief look at some precautions you take in your health facility to keep pests at bay.

"Pests are constantly looking for a place with an easy food source, water source, and protection from the elements, which makes hospitals an inviting home for pests" says Bernard Buttone from Triangle Pest Control.

1. Train the Staff on How to Minimize Pests

Hospitals are some of the busiest facilities we have in the globe. They carry heavy traffic, with different kinds of people flooding in for different reasons. Keeping pests at bay can prove to be a challenge for the administrators while dealing with such masses. "You need to ensure you're focusing on pest prevention as much as pest removal" says Joel Miller, owner of Miller Pest & Termite who services pest control in Kansas City.

Training your staff on preventive strategies and pest management methods should be your starting point towards keeping your health facility pest-free. For the best outcome, professionals of effective pest control for healthcare facilities will come in handy. Apart from responding promptly and effectively to pest invasion threats, they will also help train your healthcare staff on the measures to prevent infestations in the first place. This will significantly help in lowering the risks of pest infestation. This could accompany ways to deal with minor infestations before they become alarming.  

2. Identify the Main Entry Points

Pests are generally annoying. Once they hatch their eggs, it can be quite difficult to get rid of them since they don't hatch at the same time. The same case applies to rodents when they give birth to young ones. They are small looters who gain access to our abodes in undetected entry points.

With this knowledge in mind, ensure you spot out and seal off any fissures, gaps, and spaces through which these creatures could gain entry into your hospital. Keep the doors and windows closed, but maintain good airflow, unclog all pipes, and reduce dampness. These simple steps can go a long way in keeping your facility and patients free from the torment of pests.

3. Identify the Likely Pest Invasions 

Another great way to keep the situation in check is to identify some of the likely pests to invade your premises, alongside their health risks. From there, you will want to devise ways to keep them out. The list could include rodents, cockroaches, ants, and flies, just to name a few. This way, it becomes easier if you can eliminate conditions that attract pests into your facility. For instance, keeping the trash bins closed and as clean as possible can help keep the filthy flies away. 

Look out for cockroaches in lockers, cabinets, closets, and every other enclosed place. Bedding should also be changed often, alongside regular pest inspection. This is all the more reason to have a reputable pest inspection company check your healthcare facility regularly.

4. Maintain Hygiene and Sanitation Always 

Cleanliness is always a no go zone for many pests. If you keep your healthcare facility clean, sanitized, hygienic, and free from clutter, you can easily say goodbye to pest headaches. After all, healthcare facilities are expected to meet the highest standards of sanitation and cleanliness considering that they handle delicate citizens.

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The last thing anyone wants to lay eyes on while in any healthcare facility is a pest. Bugs such as roaches, or flies are unsightly, and can even make a patient sicker. They could easily have your license revoked if you’re not careful. Most importantly, pests carry myriads of diseases and germs on/in their bodies, thus putting your patients at risk while jeopardizing your efforts. The above few tips can help you keep pests away from your healthcare facility.

Susan Harris

By Susan Harris

Susan Harris is the owner of Rooted Mama Health. She is the mother to two amazing children and wife of a loving husband. She strives to provide the world with all the information they need to live a happy and health lifestyle.