Pest control in healthcare facilities

Locating, identifying and stopping infestations is key

Because pests pose a number of health threats through the spread of bacteria and contamination of surfaces, medical supplies and equipment, ensuring that the Healthcare facility remains pest-free is a challenge, according to an article on the Health Facilities Today.

The best way to prevent a pest problem is to understand how pests gain access, what pests are most problematic, where infestations are most likely to develop and how to prevent them, the article said.

The first line of defense is stopping pests from entering. Entry doors should be closed at all times and should be designed to reduce or prevent entry of flying pests. 

Facilities professionals also should remember that colder weather tends to push pests such as rodents indoors. This typically occurs through utility openings, loading dock doors or vegetation

Read the article.


March 5, 2015

Topic Area: Maintenance and Operations

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