Integrated Pest Management

A pest management resolution for 2015: Put down the spray can

A pest management resolution for 2015: Put down the spray can

Integrated Pest Management relies on chemical treatments only as a last result. If chemical treatments are needed, non-volatile and least toxic formulations are used only in precision targeted areas. This is ideal for healthcare facilities, which often have guests and patients with weakened immune systems.

Chicago leads list of rodent activity

Chicago leads list of rodent activity

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It only takes an opening the size of a quarter for a rat to squeeze inside, and a hole the size of a dime for a mouse.

Fall pests on the rise

Fall pests on the rise

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Summer is gone, and fall has arrived. That means cooler temperatures, pretty leaves and a new lineup of holidays.

Time to use a pest management professional?

Time to use a pest management professional?

When is it time to call in a pest management professional? This question can be compared to the age-old healthcare question: When it is time to see a doctor?

Whether it's rain or warm weather, expect pest pressure

Whether it's rain or warm weather, expect pest pressure

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As the weather heats up, so does pest activity. And pests don't necessarily slow down when the warm weather leads to afternoon rain in many parts of the country.

Pest management starts on the outside

Pest management starts on the outside

The calendar may say spring, but for many areas of the country, Old Man Winter continues to put up a fight. With this in mind, your spring landscaping plan may just be getting put together as the temperatures slowly begin to rise.

Bed bugs continue to thrive, especially in the Midwest

Bed bugs continue to thrive, especially in the Midwest

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For the second-straight year, Chicago finds itself No. 1 in Orkin's rankings of the top bed bug infested U.S. cities, ranked in order by the number of bed bug treatments performed by Orkin. Los Angeles was second, followed by Columbus, Ohio, Detroit and Cincinnati.

Pest hot spots: Receiving and storage areas

Pest hot spots: Receiving and storage areas

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Work with your pest management professional to implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program to make sure pests aren't given easy entry. By eliminating attractants in this area, an IPM approach helps control pests from getting in and taking over your facility.

CCRC among Orkin award winners

Orkin named two healthcare organizations, including a continuing care retirement community in Ohio, as 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners.

Keep your facility out of spider webs

Keep your facility out of spider webs

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Spiders may not be as common as ants and flies in healthcare and long-term care facilities, but their presence can pose serious problems. In a recent survey on pest control, about 10% of the Association for the Healthcare Environment members surveyed indicated that spiders are one of the hardest pests to control inside their facilities.

Stay dry to stop mosquitoes this summer

Stay dry to stop mosquitoes this summer

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Not only has summer brought along its signature heat, but the season also has dumped heavy rainfall in many regions across the country. The resulting weather has been good news for mosquitoes, - and bad news for facility managers who may hear the high-pitched buzzing of a mosquito infestation closing in, especially in parking areas, outside picnic areas and recreational areas.

Be ready for flies this spring

Be ready for flies this spring

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You may have noticed lately that there is more than spring in the air. With the warmer weather comes a wealth of pest activity, which can include flies looking for a free meal at your long-term care or assisted living facility.

Keep ants on the outside looking in

Keep ants on the outside looking in

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If you've been in the long term care business for a while, you've probably had to battle an ant or two inside your facility. You're not alone. In the last three annual Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) member surveys on pest management, ants have reigned at the top as both the most common pest in healthcare facilities and the toughest to control.

Don't let the bed bugs bite at your facility

Don't let the bed bugs bite at your facility

Once a pest expected only to be encountered on rare occasion, bed bugs are more prevalent than you'd think in healthcare facilities — especially in long-term care and assisted living facilities. In fact, more than a quarter of respondents to an Association for the Healthcare Environment survey earlier this year indicated they had experienced a problem with bed bugs in their facility.