The laundry room is one of the many areas in long-term care facilities that are vulnerable to pest infestations. The warmth, food, shelter and moisture a laundry room provides are what attract pests.
If effective pest management is overlooked, the facility is left open to property damages, negative publicity and even possible lawsuits. The patients’ health and safety are also put on the line.
A Comprehensive IPM vs. Laundry Pests
On the bright side, steps can be taken even in the most sensitive healthcare environments. A key to helping prevent pests is an Integrated Pest Management plan that includes consistent sanitation, as well as regular monitoring and maintenance of pest problem areas—like the laundry room.
After a thorough inspection by a reputable pest manager, an IPM program can then be made and customised to suit the facility and its specific pest pressures, whether it be cockroaches, rodents, termites, ants or other unwelcome guests.
How to Avoid a Pest Infestation in the Laundry Room
If a place can’t provide pests with living essentials, an infestation cannot happen. Here are some tips and tricks to help eradicate and deter pests in the laundry room:
• See to it that exterior doors or windows (if any) fit tightly and door sweeps are installed to seal the door to the ground.
• Get the assistance of maintenance to cover any cracks and crevices. Take, for instance, rats. They can pass through holes as small as a quarter.
• Ensure floors are free from piles of clothing, litter and other debris. In the same way, laundry baskets or hampers should not be kept filled overnight.
• Sweep and mop the floor on a regular basis to avoid ants. It’s also important to empty lint traps often.
• Line and cover all garbage bins, making sure to empty these out every day. Remember to clean out their inside regularly as well.
• If the laundry room doubles as a storage for cleaning supplies such as mops and brooms, keep these off the floor, dry and organised.
• Keep an 18-inch gap between the wall and any storage racks.
• Ensure tiled ceilings are intact. Ceiling voids can be used by flies as their breeding ground and by rats and mice as a crawl space.
• Before washing, thoroughly check bedding, linens and clothing for pests or evidence of their presence. These include droppings, chew marks or shed exoskeletons.
Seek Professional Help Against Pests in the Laundry Room
It’s easy for bed bugs and other pests to become a full-blown infestation if left unchecked. To know which pests to look for, where to find them and how to prevent them from becoming a problem in any facility, partner with a trustworthy pest manager—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. Contact us in Brisbane today for a FREE quote.