Pests can prove to be harmful not only to property but also upon human health. Below, we?ve detailed an overview of the type of pests that are generally found within large facilities, together with the sorts of risks that can be associated with each of them.

 

 

Bed Bugs

 

Over the previous decade, bed bugs have made a startling comeback. In 2013, a survey was carried out by the University of Kentucky and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), whereby it was found that as much as 99 percent of the pest professionals in the U.S. had come across bed bug infestations over the prior 12-month period. Before 2000, a mere 25 percent of those that were surveyed encountered an infestation of bed bugs.

Currently, bed bugs do not carry disease, but their bites frequently leave behind itchy, red welts on the human skin, while the simple presence of them can bring about sleeplessness and anxiety. Given that bedbugs tend to ?hitchhike? in shoes, bags, and on people, they are easily carried into hospitals, offices, and schools ? basically into any environment that people tend to gather.

 

 

Cockroaches

 

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NEHS), as many as one in five children suffer from a severe sensitivity to cockroach allergens. In turn this increases the severity of the symptoms associated with asthma.

The allergens are generally introduced via cockroach droppings, saliva, and decomposing bodies. What?s more, cockroaches are known to spread as many as 33 different forms of bacteria, six forms of parasitic worm, in addition to a number of other forms of human pathogens.

Cockroaches are also renowned for carrying bacterium such as salmonella and E. coli on their bodies, which in turn can contaminate foodstuffs and cooking utensils in hospitals, schools, and kitchens in offices, while also compromising the environment in school health offices and surgical operating rooms in hospitals.

 

 

Rodents

 

Rodents are known to enter into buildings even through the tiniest of spaces in an exterior wall. When inside, the pests can bring about severe damage, given that they can chew through cardboard, plaster, wood, and wallboards. They also chew electrical wiring, which increases the risk of fire outbreak.

Pest professionals can work together with management and custodial staff to educate them on the subtler signs of rodent tracks, gnaw marking, and droppings, which can occur in environments like cafeteria pantries, along walls, and below baseboards.

Droppings from rodents frequently cause allergic reactions in humans, while they can also bring about disease.

 

 

Flies

 

Flies are recognized as carrying over 100 varying forms of disease-causing germs. Flies contaminate surfaces and food through the spread of organisms which are picked up through their saliva and on their bodies. While that?s bad enough, they also defecate constantly.

Ensuring that trash receptacles remain closed, removing trash frequently, and always keeping areas where food is kept or served as clean as possible will go a long way in ensuring that these filthy pests are reduced in numbers.

 

 

Ants

 

Because ants are social insects, it means that seeing one single ant will signify that there are many others nearby.

The pests are not only unsightly ? they cause contamination within food. And given that in facilities that have food cafeterias, large quantities of food is served on a daily basis, contamination by ants is certainly an issue that ought to be addressed with some level of urgency. Custodial staff and facility managers should remain proactive in the prevention and treatment of ants.