Swat away health problems: keeping flies at bay keeps resident illness away*.In a healthcare setting, cleanliness is next to godliness god·ly
adj. god·li·er, god·li·est
1. Having great reverence for God; pious.
god . And in a nursing home or long-term care facility long-term care facility
See skilled nursing facility. , where older residents may have compromised or weakened immune systems, keeping the residential and nursing areas free from germs is of primary concern. But doing so means more than just wiping down surfaces and sterilizing linens. One important way to keep the facility clean is to eliminate the pests that bring in germs, including houseflies that carry a multitude of germs.
Flies can harbor more than 100 known pathogens, including organisms such as E. coli E. coli: see Escherichia coli.
in full Escherichia coli
Species of bacterium that inhabits the stomach and intestines. E. coli can be transmitted by water, milk, food, or flies and other insects. , Salmonella, and Staphylococcus staphylococcus (stăf'ələkŏk`əs), any of the pathogenic bacteria, parasitic to humans, that belong to the genus Staphylococcus. The spherical bacterial cells (cocci) typically occur in irregular clusters [Gr. . Because they feed and lay their eggs on and near decaying organic matter such as garbage and biological waste, flies are literally covered in germs. In fact, a fly might have as many as a half-billion microorganisms crawling around on its body at any one time. As a fly travels from place to place, it deposits batches of these germs on every surface it touches.
The battle against flies is made tougher by the fact that environmental factors at a nursing facility often attract flies. With residents and visitors entering and exiting all day long, flies have ample opportunity to sneak in Verb 1. sneak in - enter surreptitiously; "He sneaked in under cover of darkness"; "In this essay, the author's personal feelings creep in"
creep in . Houseflies also are strongly attracted to odors, and healthcare facilities with full-service kitchens and dining rooms regularly produce aromas that entice these insects--often from miles away. Additionally, if food service carts are used to deliver meals to residents' rooms, flies will follow the scent wherever the carts go throughout the building.
How do you treat a fly problem, or better yet, prevent it in the first place? The answer lies, in part, in Integrated Pest Management Integrated Pest Management (IPM), planned program that coordinates economically and environmentally acceptable methods of pest control with the judicious and minimal use of toxic pesticides. , or IPM (1) (Impressions Per Minute) Generally refers to document scanners that scan both sides of the page at the same time. Thus, a scanner that scans at 100 ppm (pages per minute) can provide 200 ipm. See ppm and document scanner. , a method of pest control that aims to eliminate the sources of pest problems rather than relying on pesticides alone to curb pest populations. When it comes to flies, several IPM techniques can and should be put into practice inside and outside a nursing home or long-term care facility:
* Mount outdoor lights at a distance to draw flies away from the facility.
* Place your exterior Dumpsters as far away from the building as possible and work with your waste management company to schedule routine cleaning or rotation of the Dumpsters.
* Where lights must be attached to the building, use sodium vapor bulbs, which are less attractive to insects.
* Make sure all doors and windows Doors and Windows is a multimedia disk by the Irish band The Cranberries. Track listing
* At loading docks or other receiving areas, install plastic strip doors to block entry by insects from the outside.
* In potential fly "hot spots hot spots
acute moist dermatitis. " such as kitchens or near entrances, install fly lights or glue traps to capture fly populations.
* Employ positive airflow or air curtains at entrances and exits. A steady current of air flowing from the inside out will act as a powerful barrier to flies and ther flying insects.
* Make sure drains are checked and cleaned periodically. Grimy grim·y
adj. grim·i·er, grim·i·est
Covered or smudged with grime. See Synonyms at dirty.
grimi·ly adv. drains are a common breeding ground for many fly species.
* Empty garbage cans regularly. Trash should not be allowed to collect inside for prolonged periods of time.
Keep in mind that, for every fly seen, there can be many more hidden from view. That means the presence of even one fly is one too many in a healthcare setting. If you think you may have a fly problem, contact a licensed professional and ask for a free consultation on solving it.
*This is the second of four seasonal pest-management articles to be offered by Orkin Commercial Services in Nursing Homes/Long Term Care Management in 2005.
BY FRANK MEEK, BCE BCE
1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
2. Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Abbreviation for before the Common Era.
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