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Commercial Pest Control

Seasonal Pest Control & Prevention Tips
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

seasonal pest controlIt is that time of the year when pest control becomes increasingly important. Insects and vermin seek out the warm humidity of our homes, bringing along with them a variety of problems, ranging from damaging our belongings, to polluting air quality and spreading disease. Thankfully, much can be done to ensure that our homes, accommodation establishments, restaurants and food processing plants are sanitary, as unsanitary conditions provide the ideal habitat for pests in search of water, food and nesting sites, according to a recent article in the Food Magazine.

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5 Control Methods for Pests in Museums, Libraries, and Archives
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

5 Control Methods for Pests in Museums, Libraries, and Archives

 

The only thing worse than mice or cockroaches feeding on breadcrumbs in your kitchen is finding them munching on invaluable paintings and artifacts in your museum or library. Insect pests are responsible for significant damage to museum objects, historic books, and in buildings of historical or architectural importance. Various wood-boring beetles, various moths, and booklice can destroy materials, objects, and building parts. Termites, cockroaches, and other insect pests are also common in museums and libraries, and their presence results in even greater damage of wood and paper materials.

 

Insects do not infest all items in equal ways, however. At the highest risk of infestation are natural history collections, dried insect collections, dry plant materials, stuffed animals, items containing fur, and keratin or chitin-based materials. Usually, items made from these vulnerable materials are stored together in dark areas, making the spread of infestation easier and more successful.

 

In the past, pest control in such collection-holding institutions involved regular applications of insecticides to the infested areas and to the objects themselves.

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Don’t Let Rodents Drive You Out of Business
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

Don't Let Rodents Drive You Out of Business

 

Rodent control is often an unsettling subject – no one feels comfortable in the presence of unwelcome pests. In the case of restaurants and food processing businesses, however, the problem of rodent control goes beyond personal comfort and into significant public image and financial loss. A restaurant’s success is determined by its public reputation, and nothing destroys a hard-earned reputation faster than a rodent scurrying across a room where food is served and/or prepared.

 

Rodents, along with flies and cockroaches, are the bane of any food service operation, as they are directly and/or indirectly the cause of:

 

  • Food contamination
  • Infrastructure damage
  • Building and structural damage
  • Lost time and productivity
  • Psychological wellbeing and health of owners, employees, and customers
  • Loss of revenue
  • Reputation damage
  • Legal liability

 

Tough public health guidelines against rodents exist for good reason, and the reason is that rodents carry numerous pathogens and bacteria that cause life-threatening diseases in humans and other animals.

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IPM in Child Care Facilities: Are Your Children Safe from Pest Hazards?
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

IPM in Child Care Facilities - Are Your Children Safe from Pest Hazards

 

In Canada, more than half of all children ages 6 months to 5 years spend the largest part of their waking hours in early learning and child care facilities. During those hours, an important part of their time is spent on or near the ground, floor, and other areas where potentially harmful pests and pesticide residues may be present.

 

Because of their lower body weight, stage of development, and rapid metabolism, infants and toddlers are much more susceptible to pesticide poisoning than adults, according to The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment (CPCHE).

 

They eat, drink, and breathe more than adults do, so they not only come into closer contact with more indoor pollutants, but are also more sensitive to them (since they will get a bigger dose per body size compared to adults). Young children also explore the world by touching objects and putting their hands in their mouths, which increases the risk of exposure to pesticides and cleaning products.

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Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities: Challenging, Yet Crucial
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities - Challenging, Yet Crucial

 

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.

 

Risk Factors

 

Environmental factors that facilitate the entry of pests in healthcare facilities include:

 

  • The incoming flux of new patients

 

  • Hospital employees living in infested homes who bring pests through their clothes and personal belongings

 

  • Service staff that move between different hospitals or service buildings

 

  • Contact with infested food and gift shop items, such as flowers

 

  • Improper garbage collection areas

 

  • Improper landscaping that can attract pests and nuisance birds

 

Environmental factors facilitating the survival of pests include:

 

  • Improper storage of foodstuffs

 

  • Spills in patient and employee rooms

 

  • Organic waste and bodies of standing water

 

  • Cracks and crevices that act as harborages for pests to live and breed

 

Environmental factors that encumber the eradication of pests include:

 

  • Busy schedules in most medical facilities that prevent infested areas from being available for sanitation and cleaning services

 

  • Improper pest control programs that only deal with existing infestations

 

  • The use of chemicals and infective treatments that disperse instead of eliminate an infestation

 

  • Restricted access in patient areas (such as intensive care units)

 

  • Lack of funds and staff ignorance regarding the risks of infestation from pests

 

Most Problematic Pests

 

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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.

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