A cardinal rule for us here at www.empirepestcontrol.co.uk is to undertake proper measures immediately should a pest infestation be discovered. Not doing so can have serious repercussions for homeowners and businesses; repercussions that are not only costly, but may also pose a serious health hazard in some cases.
This is precisely what happened at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. The hospital had been experiencing a rat infestation for quite some time. Their cleaning personnel were understaffed, and they did not take proper measures to keep the premises clean. In the end, it got so out of hand that city inspectors had to issue several written, and verbal warnings and the whole incident made its way into the news.
The clean-up efforts cost the hospital a lot of money as well as frustration. Their inability to tackle minor pest issues raised serious credibility questions regarding them functioning properly as a children’s hospital. Many patients ended up switching to a different hospital, and potential patients also went elsewhere. All in all, it was a huge blow to the hospital management.
The irony of this whole situation is that all of this could have been avoided if the hospital had taken proper measures to combat or at least control the pest infestation issues they were facing. It’s not that they did not know about it. There were many reported sightings of rats in the hospital hallways by staff as well as patients. This should have raised alarms on all levels. Reports of rats chewing wires and picking up leftover food scraps in the cafeteria also became common knowledge. The city inspectors who inspected the facility gave the management numerous warnings including some verbal ones demanding that swift action be taken to rectify the situation. In the end, a pest control issue ended up becoming a huge infestation problem before the authorities took action. By then though, the damage had been done.
If you are a homeowner or a business establishment, do not let this happen to you. If you are experiencing pest issues, consult with a professional pest control company immediately or take preventative measures yourself. The point is to do something to make a change.
What Exactly Will A Pest Control Company Offer?
No matter how bad an infestation is or how far it has spread, professional pest control companies are experts in tackling all sorts of pest problems. They will conduct a thorough inspection of the premises and factor in all the potential variables that can be causing the infestation. In the case of the hospital in Vancouver, it was determined that demolition and excavation efforts on the campus, where the hospital was located, were a key factor in the building being affected by an infestation. So sometimes it could very well be outside factors that could be causing the problem. And the worst part is that you will never know about it until an expert comes and discovers it for you. This is why routine inspections are so helpful.
Taking preventative pest control measures is extremely important, for both homeowners and commercial establishments. Consult with Empire Pest Control and seek out solutions to your pest problems.