Hospital and Health-Care Pest Control

Exterior of a hospital with the word EMERGENCY over the archway

Pest control in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-related facilities is a real challenge. It's right up our alley, though, because Dayton Pest Control specializes in environmentally-responsible pest control that emphasizes non-chemical integrated pest management as its first-line pest control strategy.

There are several reasons why pest control in health-care facilities is challenging. One is simply that as is the case with all buildings that are accessible to the public, there's a bigger chance that eventually someone who is particularly sensitive to environmental chemicals, like pesticides, will enter the building.

In a hospital, nursing home, clinic, doctor's office, or other health-care facility, the problem is compounded by the fact that most people who visit those places tend to already be ill. We certainly don't want to make matters any worse for them. But at the same time, having rats, mice, cockroaches, or other disease-vectoring pests running around the hospital isn't conducive to good health, either.

Another challenge, in the case of 24-hour facilities, is that there's no time when we can just clear everyone out, do our thing, and lock up behind ourselves. No matter what time we arrive there will be people, many of them not feeling their best, in the building. That presents a big challenge for old-time exterminators whose primary tool was a sprayer full of smelly chemicals.

Integrated Pest Management for Health Care Centers

Fortunately, the times have changed; and with the changes has come a new, modern, healthy approach to pest control known as IPM, or Integrated Pest Management. IPM seeks to minimize the need for chemical pest control by relying on non-chemical methods as first-line pest management tools.

Hospital IPM relies heavily on the following non-chemical control techniques:

Inspection. Most of our visits will consist mainly of inspection, both of the building and of the monitoring traps we've discreetly installed in it. The most important pest control tool we carry is a flashlight.

Communication. There will be an IPM log book that is accessible to hospital staff, in which they can report any pest sightings. Our technician, in turn, will record the actions taken to address the sighting.

Sanitation. We make the facility's Housekeeping or Environmental Services department aware of problems they may not have been aware of, but which are conducive to pest infestation.

Exclusion. We look for ways that pests could get into you building, and then make sure they're fixed to seal out the vermin.

Trapping. We use a lot of traps for both monitoring and control purposes. We routinely use sticky traps, mechanical traps, light traps, and pheromone traps both to alert us to pest problems and to solve those problems.

The conscientious application of all of the above techniques will help reduce the likelihood that pesticides will be needed. But if they are, we use a wide variety of minimally-toxic materials, that are precisely applied, in extremely small quantities, exactly where they're needed -- and no where else.

If you are responsible for environmental services at a health care facility and your facility is having a pest problem, please contact us to schedule a meeting and a no-obligation inspection of your facility. We service all kinds of health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers, mental health clinics, and private doctor's and dentist's offices.

Jarrod's Corner

The Dayton area just ranked #34 in the nation for bed bugs. If you need help, call today for a free estimate. Here is a picture from a heat treatment today in Huber Heights. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Nov 02, 2018 11:12:28 am.

Here are some impressive mud tubes found at a home in Englewood. We treated this home with a combo chemical/bait treatment. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Oct 03, 2018 09:12:44 pm.

Check out today’s latest post from a termite treatment in Springfield!

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Sep 20, 2018 08:58:53 pm.

We service the entire Miami Valley for all your pest control needs. Today, we were in Springfield helping a customer with bed bugs. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Sep 05, 2018 10:07:21 am.

Check out this video from a bed bug heat treatment done near downtown Dayton today. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 29, 2018 11:08:23 am.

I’m often asked by my customers if our vehicles will have a big bug on the side of it when we arrive for a service call. This question always comes up when we are called for a bed bug problem. Take a look at the following link ...

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 24, 2018 03:24:44 pm.

Bee and hornet season is here. Unsure what a hornets nest looks like?  Follow this link to see...

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 18, 2018 08:49:10 am.

Here are a few pics from heat treatment performed in Kettering today. 

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 13, 2018 11:36:18 am.

Flea season is in full swing. Are these bloodsuckers invading your home?

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 09, 2018 04:16:43 pm.

Here is a photo from another heat treatment performed near downtown Dayton today. 

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 08, 2018 10:28:56 am.

Here is a handy reference guide put out by OSU’s entomology department. If you think you have bed bugs or aren’t quite sure what one looks like, here a good place to start!

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 07, 2018 10:28:18 pm.

Termites are still busy during this hot summer. Did you know this insect never sleeps?  They are working 24/7 looking for food (i.e. your house)!

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Jul 26, 2018 02:58:09 pm.

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