Aside from areas where medical procedures are performed, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities are made up of an extended network of non-medical office and service buildings. Kitchens in hospitals are very much alike large commercial kitchens in restaurants, operating similar equipment and being governed by much of the same safety guidelines. In terms of design and organization, patient rooms are no different than hotel rooms, while the vending machines, lobbies, locker rooms, and gift shops found in hospitals can also be found in several other types of buildings.
And just like restaurants, hotels, and other commercial facilities, healthcare facilities provide all the necessary conditions – food, water, and shelter – for insects and rodents to thrive.
Environmental factors that facilitate the entry of pests in healthcare facilities include:
Environmental factors facilitating the survival of pests include:
Environmental factors that encumber the eradication of pests include:
While there may be a wide range of pests, rodents, and arthropods commonly associated with the health care industry, there are no unique hospital pests.
Saving up money for months, taking time off of work in advance, or buying a new suitcase are no longer the biggest stresses of people planning a summer vacation this year. The possibility of bringing home the nasty miniature vampires we call bed bugs is a far bigger worry among travelers lately, as news about the persistence and ever-growing resilience of the hard-to-eradicate pests continue to make the headlines.
But while it’s well-known by now that hotels and motels are some of the little critters’ favorite hangouts, and most people are equipped to limit critter trouble during their stay, rarely do they think about the presence of bed bugs in the cars they rent. Just last week, a Long Island man set his rental car ablaze while attempting to eradicate bed bugs inside the vehicle.
Newsday reports that the 44-year-old man doused the entire car with rubbing alcohol, then climbed inside and lit a cigarette.
They’ve become as sure a sign of spring’s arrival as the chirping of the birds and the blossoming of trees. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has only been on the continent for a couple of decades, but has managed to hitch rides in nearly all US states and Canadian provinces.
The first official detection of the bug in Canada came in 2012, when a homeowner in Hamilton found one on his property. Since then, the presence of the invasive species has been confirmed in Toronto, Vaughan, London, Ontario, Fort Erie, Ottawa, Windsor, and several other provinces. US authorities have confirmed the stink bug’s presence in 36 states and the District of Columbia, posing serious agricultural threats in six states (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia), and nuisance problems in thirteen others (Washington, Oregon, California, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, New York, and several others).
For nearly 40 years, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has been celebrating April as the National Pest Management Month, an occasion created to “honor the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.”
The National Pest Management Month’s goal is to raise awareness about the serious health and property threats posed by common household pests such as ants, termites, rodents, and stinging insects. Additionally, April marks the beginning of the pest season, offering an excellent opportunity for homeowners to take preventative measures against pest insects along with cleaning, landscaping, and other spring chores.
Also taking place in April, the Bed Bug Awareness Week (20-26 April) is a campaign created by the National Pest Management Association in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help homeowners learn more about how to detect, treat, and prevent bed bug infestations.
For the average homeowner, it can be a challenge to find out if the tiny, dark-colored, winged insects that are swarming all over their house are carpenter ants or termites. They both look the same to the naked eye – black with wings – and many people have trouble telling them apart. However, a treatment for carpenter ants is very different from a termite treatment, so being able to tell them apart could save you a lot of trouble and money in the long run.
While both are a dreadful pest, known particularly for their destructive nature, there are plenty of differences in their size, appearance, nest formation, and the extent of damage they cause. Here are a few key indicators to help you differentiate between them:
1) Wings of different length and shape