Did you know that 90% of pest management is people management? Ants, roaches, flies, and other pesky intruders find their way in to buildings such as hospitals and nursing homes for two primary reasons: (1) there is an easy way in through openings such as cracks, crevices, windows, and doors, and (2) there are food sources all over the facility that attract the pests -- including patient rooms, nurse’s stations, supply closets, break rooms and more.
Integrated pest management is a techniques that relies on:
(1) preventative measures
(2) physical barriers, and then
(3) the use of the least toxic, most effective pesticide.
Next week I will be moderating a session entitled Integrated Pest Management: Partnerships and Tools to Implement a Model Program at the Clean Med conference in Dallas, Texas. I am pleased to help share the experiences of Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Maryland Pesticide Network in Annapolis Maryland, highlighting their efforts to minimize the amount of toxic chemicals used to manage pests on the medical campus. The session will be on Wednesday, May 18th at the Dallas Convention Center. Let’s connect there and talk about how to reduce pesticide use at your facility!