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.
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.
Summer is gone, and fall has arrived. That means cooler temperatures, pretty leaves and a new lineup of holidays.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Orkin named two healthcare organizations, including a continuing care retirement community in Ohio, as 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners.
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.
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.
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.