All commercial businesses should implement some preventive pest control measures to protect themselves from a frustrating infestation. Some industries, however, can be more affected by bug invasions than others. One of the places where pest control must be heavily regulated is at a healthcare facility. The vulnerable nature of the patients and procedures completed in a hospital or clinic makes pest control essential. To prevent infestation, one should identify the areas of weakness or possible entry points for bugs or rodents. Below is a list of the most common ways pests can infiltrate health care facilities, as well as tips for keeping these unwanted visitors out of your business.
Windows and Doors. The priority at any healthcare facility should be ensuring that all windows and doors close properly and stay flush within their frames. Any gaps that remain are prime entry points for pests. Keep timers and sensors on automatic doors in good working order; the longer a door remains open, the higher chance bugs or rodents have of wandering in. Furthermore, many facilities have customized entryways designed to keep pests out.
Exterior Landscaping. A less obvious way creepy-crawlers may enter your facility is by way of tall shrubbery or trees. Believe it or not, untrimmed landscaping allows pests to climb to higher stories or even the roof of the building in search of a way inside. Shrubs and trees should be kept relatively short to deny bugs access to upper floors of the facility.
Water Sources. Poor or damaged plumbing systems provide roaches and a variety of other insects with convenient entry to your building. Leaky pipes, chronic condensation and even clogged drains attract pests, so be sure to have your plumbing checked and maintained on a regular basis to keep your facility secure.
Food Deliveries. If a food service or delivery person doesn’t follow protocol precisely, food deliveries can become another easy method of entry for creepy-crawlers. You should implement a pest management program that outlines specific standards and processes for delivery to avoid any potential issues. Consider including guidelines about delivery inspections, sanitation practices and food storage standards to keep food sanitary and secure in your healthcare facility.
Visitors. An unfortunate aspect of the healthcare industry is the variability of visitors and patients at your facility. In many cases, bed bugs can be brought to your hospital or clinic by a single patient and then unintentionally spread throughout the building. In this case, preventive pest control and proper staff training are critical in avoiding a massive bed bug infestation.
Bug Commander in Frisco TX offers a range of commercial preventive pest control services to fit the needs of your business. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our work or to schedule a consultation. Give us a call today at (214) 307-1933.