Healthcare facilities are held to higher sanitation standards than most other industries, and for good reason. Patient welfare, preventing the spread of infectious agents and protecting patients with compromised immune systems are just some of the reasons why sanitation and hygiene are prioritized and often regulated in the healthcare industry. If a healthcare facility offers meal service, additional standards apply for food preparation and storage.

The Importance of Pest Control and Sanitation in Healthcare
Many types of pests can threaten or violate cleanliness and proper sanitation. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pests such as insects, rodents and microbes can carry pathogens that may cause diseases. The EPA also points out that cockroaches can contribute to asthma and allergies in some people.

Even pests that aren’t known to carry pathogens can be nuisances for healthcare facilities.

Bed bugs, for example, are a growing threat for households and businesses. When they feed on the blood of sleeping people, these insects can leave behind itchy and sometimes painful welts that can bring particular discomfort for some patients who may already be suffering from other ailments. These pests can enter healthcare facilities on the clothing, shoes and personal belongings of patients and visitors. Bed bugs can be difficult to spot and nearly impossible to treat without professional help.

The EPA also points out that a preventive approach, such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), is the most effective way to control pests. An IPM program uses pesticides only when necessary, addressing the reasons why pests may be present in the first place to help prevent future infestations. By taking proactive steps to avoid pest activity, healthcare facilities can reduce pest infestations and minimize the need for pesticide use down the road.

It’s important to find a commercial pest control provider that offers IPM and that understands the unique needs and challenges of healthcare facilities, including local, state and federal regulations and health code compliance. For example, Terminix Commercial® has extensive experience with the specialized procedures and protocols necessary when serving healthcare partners. The Terminix Commercial IPM program consists of:

  • Interior and exterior inspections of healthcare facilities
  • Identification of pests and analysis of activity
  • Treatment of affected areas and implementation of pest control methods
  • Recommendations for limiting and helping to prevent future pest activity
  • Continuous evaluation of treatment effectiveness and the implementation of necessary modifications
  • Recommended actions that healthcare staff can take to help lower the risk of future infestations

Terminix Commercial delivers top-quality pest control and customized, comprehensive solutions to healthcare environments of all sizes, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Medical offices
  • Dental offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers

Don’t compromise sanitation at your healthcare facility. Taking a preventive approach to healthcare and to pest control is the best strategy. Contact Terminix Commercial today for more information about how you can protect your patients, your staff and your facility’s reputation.


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