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How to deal with rodents and pests in an assisted living facility
What attracts pests in assisted living facilities?
A vital aspect of assisted living pest prevention is knowing what attracts pests into your care center in the first place.
Here are some common things that can attract unwanted critters:
Common signs of pests
Educate your employees on the signs of common pests so they can help you keep an eye out for infestations.
Here are a few tell-tale signs to watch out for:
Cockroach excrement looks like specks of ground black pepper or coffee grounds. These specks are commonly found on walls, countertops, or floors.
In large numbers, cockroaches can cause a greasy, musty smell that is overpowering and associated with fairly severe infestations. If you or the residents you work for notice a strange smell, look for other signs of cockroaches.
When cockroaches breed, they leave small egg casings behind in bedrooms, kitchens, or communal areas. These casings are pill-shaped and tan to white in color.
Bed bugs leave behind excrement that looks like tiny, dark brown dots, or you may find small blood stains on sheets or upholstery where people have been bitten. Keep on the lookout for tiny red marks on residents’ skin, also, which may be bed bug bites. These specks are usually found on beds but bed bugs can get into various types of furniture, like couches or nightstands.
One obvious sign of rodent infestations is bite marks on food packaging, walls, or electrical cords. Rodents can spread diseases among residents, making pest control for mice and rats of the utmost importance.