More healthcare services are available today than ever—and a more diverse assortment of facilities to provide that care. Likewise, when it comes to servicing commercial healthcare and long-term care facilities, the pest control industry has had to expand too to meet the healthcare industry’s growing needs.
Nowadays, one commercial pest control strategy isn’t enough to fit the varying needs of hospitals, long-term care centers, and assisted living facilities. Each environment is drastically different and can be susceptible to varying pest pressures. We know because we’ve experienced the changing industry firsthand over our 40-plus-year history. We’ll help you develop a pest control plan that’s right for your New England healthcare facility because we’ve expanded right along with the healthcare industry.
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, has become the standard approach in pest control for healthcare and related environments, however, pest management programs can and should look different from one another depending on the facilities they’re designed to serve.
Although the most common pests you’ll find in hospitals and care centers are flies, ants, and cockroaches—all of which can carry and spread disease—there are other, even more hazardous pests to look out for. For example, rodents (and the fleas they carry) can spread deadly bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. All these various pest problems represent different threat levels that call for different treatment options. You need a New England commercial pest control company that’s experienced in all of the available options.
Hospitals and patient care centers have big enough concerns over pest control, but assisted living and long-term care facilities have many of the same problems—and even more. Facilities where patients live, either temporarily or longer-term, have even more places for pests to hide. For example, in beds and linens. That, of course, means more problems with bedbugs than hospitals and outpatient centers typically see.
Perhaps the biggest hot spots for pests, however, are the additional food preparation and serving areas that attend to the many resident patients on-site. These areas benefit the most from IPM practices focused on proper sanitation facilities and procedures—in other words, approaches that prioritize pest prevention over pest removal.
It may seem like pest control might be easier to provide to a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic—there are, after all, fewer elements attracting pests, like food areas or living spaces. However, pest problems are still a big concern for such facilities—especially when you consider some of the businesses that may surround stand-alone healthcare facilities, such as restaurants, retail food stores, or daycare centers.
Not to mention, there are countless other, less-obvious environmental influences on pest activity that can affect offices and clinics. Landscaping, for example, or the building’s structural integrity can attract pests from surrounding properties. Also, pests are more likely to slip into buildings without automatic doors or offices with only single (rather than double) entryways. Principles of IPM—especially exclusion and methodical recordkeeping—can help address these other problem areas as well.
We make pest control in healthcare settings our business so providers like you can spend more energy focused on patient care. After 40-plus years in the business, we know how to keep your hospital, doctor’s office, outpatient clinic, or long-term care center free of pests in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. We live and work in the same communities as you do, and we care about neighbors too—just like you.
The first thing we’ll do is draft an individualized plan for your facility’s particular needs, but for most healthcare facility clients, our service is centered around these common steps:
Taking care of patients and residents is hard but rewarding work, and a little peace of mind goes a long way. Let us take care of your pest control needs so you have one less thing to worry about. We back up our service plans with an industry-leading warranty, so if a pest problem arises in between service calls, we’ll come back and treat, free of charge.