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How It Happens and How to Prevent It

No place is immune to pests, and that includes health care facilities. Bugs spread disease and contaminate surfaces, equipment and supplies. They carry bacteria that they distribute throughout a facility as they move from one area to another. The larger the facility, the more at risk that facility is for infestation. Here is your guide to pest infestations in health care facilities, and what you can do about them.

How Do Bugs Get Into Health Care Facilities?

Pests enter from the outside, just like people. Loading docks and shrubs planted close to buildings can give them easy access. Moisture-loving roaches, mosquitoes and flies can enter through openings around pipes. Food deliveries can contain pests along with food, and bedbugs can hitch a ride inside on visitors.

Which Pests Are Most Common in Health Care Facilities?

Bedbugs have become a problem in hospitals and nursing homes. They don't spread bacteria, but their bites can cause generalized...

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Knowing These Facts About Ticks Can Protect Your Home & Family!

From Lyme disease to uncomfortable rashes to severe infections, tick bites can result in a wide array of unpleasant ailments. The good news is that a little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to protecting yourself from tick bites. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about ticks and tick safety.

Q: If I suspect I have been bitten by a tick, how soon should I seek medical attention?

A: While an early diagnosis of a tick-related disease greatly reduces the risk of potentially dangerous complications, it will likely be sufficient to call your doctor or a nurse’s helpline. If symptoms worsen, you will likely want to visit your doctor in-person for a proper diagnosis.

Q: What do doctors prescribe to address tick-related ailments?

A: Once a doctor recognizes an illness or infection linked to a tick, treatment with...

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You Won’t Believe How Far Some Will Go to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Discovering a bed bug infestation in your house is one of the most stressful experiences a homeowner can have. Bed bugs are tiny, brown, oval-shaped insects that bite you and feed on your blood while you’re sleeping. Since they are often too small to be seen, they can take up residence in bed frames or mattresses, and can even hide inside the walls of your home. Bed bugs often hitch a ride into homes on the luggage or clothes of travelers.

The reason these insects are so stress-inducing is because they often cause people to lose sleep. While their bites aren’t usually painful enough to be felt, they do leave a tell-tale line of itchy bites. Since bed bugs typically come out at night (while you’re in bed) to feed, the idea of them creeping and crawling around keeps many people awake all night. Additionally, bed bugs can go months without feeding and often breed uncontrollably, causing infestations to quickly spiral out of control. For this reason, many people have been reported to go to some...

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Why Roof Rats Can Cost You Money for Expensive Home Repairs

Roof rats, the smaller and more skittish cousin of the Norway rat, are frequently found in attics and other high out-of-the-way places. They don't tolerate cold well, so they prefer homes along the coast and in warmer areas of the country, such as Arizona and Nevada. Like most rodents, they reproduce quickly and can have up to six litters per year. This means that just a pair of black rats can swiftly turn into a massive infestation if not dealt with right away.

Damage Caused by Roof Rats

As their name suggests, roof rats are talented climbers who have a preference for building their nests above ground. However, like all rodents, they can be extremely destructive. They may chew through walls, damage your home's wiring, displace insulation and leave behind a path of devastation.

Rats and mice of all kinds are also known to carry diseases and parasites. They can easily contaminate the food in...

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How to Keep the Creepy Crawlies Out of Your Food!

Wintertime has come to Arizona once again, bringing more tolerable temperatures and annoying insects to our area. It's the time of year when pests invade kitchens and contaminate food. Meal moths and flour beetles are common invaders in Arizona residences. If you want to keep these pests out of your home, it pays to take preventative action before a problem occurs. Here are 4 ways to prevent pantry pests when the temperature drops.

Seal Cracks Around Your Home.

Pests can find small cracks and crevices around doors and windows. They'll slip through these spaces into your home and make their way toward the food. Take the time to inspect the exterior for possible pest entryways. Once you find them, use a sealant to block the entrances and to keep out unwanted insect pests.

Secure Your Pantry Items

When insects invade your pantry, they go for the first available food source in...

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Identify, prevent and eliminate Norway rat infestations

Growing to lengths as much as 16 inches and sometimes weighing in at over a pound, the Norway rat is a sight to behold. Although the size of this rodent is certainly indicative of the amount of damage they can cause, Norway rats pose a bigger threat than just damage to property. They also carry a number of diseases and viruses that can contaminate your home and infect your family. If you aren't yet convinced of the need for professional rodent removal, here are a few more things to consider.

Is the Norway Rat Dangerous?

You and your family can get diseases from the Norway rat in a number of ways. Illnesses can be transmitted by handling rats directly, coming into contact with their urine or feces, or through exposure to viruses and bacteria via other pests that have fed on these germ carriers. Norway rats spread the following diseases:

  • Murine typhus
  • Leptospirosis
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Getting Them Out and Keeping Them Out

People love Arizona; the abundance of sunny days and mild weather and the abundance of natural beauty is enough to make anyone consider relocating. Unfortunately, pests love it too. Here are the four most common pests Arizona deals with and the most effective ways to make them go away:

Cockroaches

Brown-banded roaches and German roaches are common in Phoenix and Tucson, and it’s fairly easy to avoid an infestation if you keep your house clean, get rid of clutter and hire a pest control company to provide preventive treatment on your property. However, once a roach infestation gets underway, only a full-fledged professional intervention is likely to solve the problem.

Tarantulas

Tarantulas are very common pests in Arizona. They look scary, and when they bite, it packs a mean punch, so you don't want them sharing your space. As with roaches, prevention is the best...

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What to do when the constant chirping keeps you up all night.

Crickets chirping – a sound that puts many people to sleep across the country. If you combine crickets with a babbling brook, it's an instant recipe for snoozing and snoring. However, for those who live in congested residential areas with loud neighbors and passing cars, the sound of crickets is added noise, especially when these insects invade living spaces. Whether you're battling a cricket infestation or wanting to prevent one, it's good to have an effective game plan. Here are 5 Tips for getting rid of crickets.

Seal cracks around the exterior.

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to stopping a cricket infestation. Close your home off to invasive pests by caulking the cracks and crevices on the exterior, such as the gaps around the windows and the foundation.

Keep trash bagged up and out of the house.

Stinky trash not only attracts crickets but...

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American Cockroach

Hint: It's worse than you thought.

No one needs much encouragement to call a professional roach killer at the first sign of a cockroach infestation. After all, they're ugly, eerily fast, seemingly indestructible, and have a bad reputation for spreading nasty germs. But are roaches as dangerous as everyone seems to think? Burns Pest Elimination weighs in.

Foodborne Bacteria Spread by Roaches

As if we needed to raise the ick factor, cockroaches are food contamination stars. Besides changing the way our food tastes -- our apologies if you're eating right now -- they spread several kinds of bacteria by vomiting and defecating on our food as they eat. The filth they spread from garbage, bathroom surfaces and sewers can wreak havoc on our bodies. From food poisoning to dysentery, these nasty critters have the potential to spread misery wherever they go.

Allergic Reactions Caused by Cockroaches

Food contamination isn't the only...

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Keep your family safe from the potentially lethal sting of a Bark Scorpion.

While it typically goes unnoticed, one of the earth’s most deadly and nightmarish predators is prowling along the desert floor. Even as you are reading this, the bark scorpion could be lurking outside your house with a venomous sting so powerful it could leave you frothing at the mouth and convulsing. Here is everything you need to know about the Bark Scorpion, as well as a few scorpion control tips you can use to keep these pests away from your home!

Scorpions – A Primer

Scorpions are actually a part of the Arachnid family, meaning they are closely related to spiders, ticks, and mites. There are over 1,300 species of scorpions around the world, but they are all characterized by an elongated body, with a segmented tail tipped with a venomous stinger, and pincers on the front of their bodies. Although size can vary quite a bit between species, adults are typically around 2 inches long. They can...

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