Pest control for hospitals is crucial. There is simply too much to lose, with a huge risk of health issues and disruption if an infestation occurs.
As well as areas for care, such as wards, operating theatres and intensive care, hospitals also have many other areas that can attract pests. There are areas for the preparation of food which can attract pests, as well as warm areas like laundry rooms.
The risk to hospitals is so large (there were revealed to be 5,000 calls a year from hospitals with pest problems) that the Department of Health insists that all hospitals prioritise pest control. A spokesperson said all “hospitals must have an effective pest-control policy and the use of experts is good practice to ensure that buildings are kept clean and safe for patients.”
Common hospital pests
Hospitals can attract a wide range of pests due to the varied nature of hospital premises. They include rodents and many types of insects.
Rodents can spread disease and cause widespread disruption. Their tendency to chew through wires could be catastrophic in a hospital environment, where cables could mean the difference between life and death.
Crawling and flying insects such as flies, ants and cockroaches are also problematic. Cockroaches can contaminate food and can also trigger asthma attacks. Flies spread disease such as dysentery, gastroenteritis and tuberculosis which can be disastrous to already ill patients.
Bedbugs are also a risk for hospital environments, which can be very unpleasant for patients.
Pest control for hospitals in Somerset and Dorset
Helliar Pest Control have over 25 years’ experience working in healthcare environments across the south west, including surgeries, hospitals and care homes.
We offer effective and economical ongoing policies that meet health regulations and are compliant with insurance. We use discreet unmarked vans and provide full insurance and health and safety documentation as required.
For more information and a no obligation quote, please get in touch.