Rodents in Healthcare

Rodent Control in the Healthcare Industry

Rodents Can Hurt More Than Your Reputation

Once inside a healthcare facility, rodents can be devastating. They’ve been known to cause structural damage by chewing into walls and gnawing through electrical wires that could affect sensitive medical equipment or create a fire risk. More importantly, rodents could put your most vulnerable patients at risk of secondary infections. They have the ability to spread dozens of diseases including Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. In a location full of people dealing with health issues, it is vital to prevent sensitive areas from becoming contaminated.

If a mouse or a rat is spotted, news will travel fast. In certain high profile situations, it can even grow from patient complaints to an investigation by the media, dissolving years of good standing in an instant. You also leave yourself open to lawsuits for the health problems these invaders can cause.

Why Rodents Check into Healthcare Facilities

A healthcare facility offers many “at risk” areas for rodents in low-use parts of the building, such as pantries, storage areas and laundry rooms. Also, there is usually a plentiful supply of food, water and warmth to be found. As a highly cognitive animal, rodents are very adaptable and can easily circumvent most obstacles. Unless preventive measures are taken, it can be easy for a rodent to get into your facility. A rat can get through a hole the size of a quarter. It’s important to be vigilant for any signs of rodent activity, including chewed materials, rub marks on walls, odor and droppings.

To help prevent rodents, make sure you:

  • Keep communal areas garbage-free
  • Seal all holes and crevices
  • Store garbage in sealed containers
  • Clean up any spills and food waste immediately

Why You Need an Expert

Most healthcare facilities are open 24-hours a day, so a drastic change in operations can significantly impact your bottom line, which is why prevention should always be the first priority.

In the event of a pest issue, our pest specialists will work discreetly and quickly to help resolve the situation. Once the problem is discovered, we’ll draw up a plan of action that’s customized to the unique needs of your facility. Then, we will monitor the treatment plan regularly and adapt it as needed.

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