Yes, even hospitals get roaches. And bed bugs, mites, and scabies too. Pretty alarming for any patient to consider, and (perhaps) even more terrifying for hospital administrators. So what can a hospital do when faced with a bug infestation? Like the rest of us, they turn to pesticides. But of course, choosing a pesticide for a healthcare facility demands careful consideration.
The fact is that a successful pest control plan in a hospital demands that every aspect of the ‘attack’ take into account the unique requirements of each building ̶ from hospital rooms and ORs to food service areas and just about every other location. No building or facility is exempt!
The National Pest Management Association put it well when they remarked that:
“It is hard to imagine a more sensitive [issue for] hospitals . . . [especially
since] there are 5,810 registered hospitals in the US that see about 32
million inpatients, 83 million outpatients, and 108 million emergency room
patients per year.”
Simple enough when you read it; not so simple when you explore the ramifications.
When is comes to common pests ̶ bed bugs, fleas, scabies, ticks, cockroaches, et al ̶ they can make their way into healthcare facilities in any number of ways, via delivery services, staff, and patients themselves (on clothing, in bags), through the plumbing systems.
Where Do Bugs like to Linger in Hospitals?
According to Health Facilities Management, some of the ‘hot spots’ for bugs in healthcare facilities include:
“Employee locker and break rooms, janitorial closets, laundry rooms, food service