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Establishing thresholds in pest control

Establishing thresholds in pest control

Aiming for zero pest sightings - even with a great pest control partner - can be unattainable. Thresholds are best set by working with your pest control professional because there are several factors that come into play.

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.

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.

Ants lead survey list for most challenging pest in healthcare

Ants lead survey list for most challenging pest in healthcare

Orkin and the Association for the Healthcare Environment have released a survey that says the most challenging pests for healthcare facilities are ants, flies, roaches and bed bugs.

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.