Bed bugs can be a considerable issue for places that cater to the public, and for hospitals and medical facilities, the threat of bedbugs can be particularly high. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure your facility can combat the risk of these pests from interfering with the level of care you provide. Here are three steps to take when dealing with bed bugs.
Get A Professional Opinion
Commercial exterminators have extensive experience dealing with bed bugs in a host of different settings. A pest control expert can positively identify the problem in your facility before you take steps to eradicate the problem. Dealing with this type of pest requires different precautions than you might take with other insects, so a positive identification is critical for successfully treating the issue.
Choose Non-Chemical Options
In medical facilities, you need to address the fact that your patients may have an adverse reaction to chemical treatments for bed bugs and other pests. Non-chemical prevention is your first line of defense against bed bugs. Some options to consider for your facility might include:
- Plastic-encased mattresses and pillows
- Plastic or vinyl upholstered furniture in waiting rooms and patient rooms
- Tile floors instead of carpet
- Frequent changing and proper laundering of medical gowns and scrubs
- Isolating patient belongings that might have carried the insects into your facility
- Frequent vacuuming, with immediate disposal of the vacuum bag contents
Safe Chemical Intervention
In the event that bed bugs are present in your facility, you may have to opt for chemical intervention. Talk to your pest control company about which chemicals are the least likely to impact the health of your patients so you can get rid of the problem without causing health or liability issues. Some chemicals used in commercial pest control, such as DDVP, are only recommended for use in spaces where children are not present. This type of treatment should be avoided in hospital and clinical settings. Other options, such as biochemicals, can help to get rid of bed bugs. You'll need to make sure that none of the chemical treatments will be used in a way that will cause your patients to inhale the fumes or the insecticides themselves.
Bed bugs can cause skin lesions and other health concerns, so it's important to prevent bed bugs from entering your facility. Arrange with a commercial pest control company like All Seasons Pest Control to perform frequent inspections so you can stop any potential infestations before they become too big to handle.