Commercial Pest Management Services for the Government / Public Sector
How Waltham Pest Services Can You Help You
Waltham Pest Services has experience providing professional pest management services to government facilities from prisons and jails to public health laboratories, State, Municipal and Federal office buildings, mental health facilities, military installations and high security government contracting sites. Not only do these types of facilities require special service approaches and techniques that are customized from site to site, but personnel must meet rigorous safety, training and background checks before being allowed within such locations.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide customized, targeted service programs meeting specific government agency needs that are unique from site to site. Request a free inspection or to locate your local Waltham Pest Services branch.
An important staple in society, the government facilitates the wellbeing of citizens and residents across the country. Institutions like prisons and jails, public health laboratories, mental health facilities, military installations, and state, municipal, and federal office buildings all fall under government jurisdiction.
In addition to providing places for various departments to operate, government buildings and facilities offer the shelter, food, and water that pests need to survive. Due to the essential nature of government buildings and the well-being of government employees, appropriate and knowledgeable pest control is vital.
Specific types of pests that regularly cause problems in and around government facilities include small mammals (rodents), birds, and various insects, such as flies and cockroaches. The particular challenges each pest poses depend on the infested government building but may result in health problems, property damage, and contaminated food supplies.
Common Government Building Pests
Rats/Mice - Rats measure between 13 and 19 inches from the nose to the tip of the tail and range in color from brown to grey, with black markings or yellow hues. Mice are smaller in size, ranging from five to eight inches from the nose to the tip of the tail, and appear solid brown or grey.
Rats and mice are capable of consuming large amounts of food. Their diets consist of various grains:
On top of negatively impacting food supplies, rats and mice have a reputation for gnawing and burrowing, which causes structural damage to buildings. Rats and mice can gnaw through wood, aluminum, sheathing, rock, soft cement, asphalt, and soft metals like lead and copper.
Rodents will also gnaw through water pipes, support beams, utility and electrical wires, and insulation. The presence of rats and mice can lead to food poisoning, salmonella, fever and muscle aches, and rabies in some cases.
Cockroaches - The most common invasive species of cockroaches range from about 1/2 to 1 inch in length and usually appear tan to brown in color. Cockroaches are most distinguishable by the odorous secretions they release. The pests eat:
- Meat products
Cockroaches release waste products into food supplies and effectively contaminate the items. Preferring warm and dark environments, cockroaches carry bacteria, protozoans, and viruses, which thrive in similar atmospheres.
Humans may contract food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea as a result of cockroach infestations. Furthermore, cockroach excrement and shed skin casings contain allergens that cause rashes, congestion, and asthma.
Miscellaneous Flying Pests - Various fly species, wasps, bees, and moths constitute the most common flying pests that cause issues for government facilities. Aside from being strongly associated with uncleanliness, flies carry many pathogens easily contracted by humans.
Routinely contacting animal feces, carcasses, food waste, and garbage, the pests are constantly exposed to numerous disease causing bacteria. When a fly lands on any surface, such as human food or utensils, the pest secretes salivary fluid and defecates, which leads to diarrhea and other unpleasant conditions for people.
Wasps and bees, on the other hand, do not pose significant threats to food or compromise human health via diseases and bacteria. Instead, some people are deadly allergic to stings. Finally, moths forage for stored foods, particularly grains, fruits, and other dried foods and can become (as larvae) major stored product pests.
Effects of Infestation
Many people depend on government buildings being as clean and pest-free as possible. Specific damage costs and risks vary depending on the nature of the government facility. To fully understand the importance of proper pest control, individuals should consider the negative effects pests have on prisons, government-run laboratories and health facilities, military installations, and office buildings separately.
With guards, inmates, administrators, and visitors all interacting in such close quarters, prisons and jails serve as ideal environments for the spread of disease. Rats and cockroaches are both known to carry several diseases and enter facilities via sewage systems, food shipments, and cracks in building foundations.
Pest excrement also proves detrimental to the health of prison inmates and workers and may even attract other pests. Furthermore, the presence of various nuisance animals may contaminate prison food supplies.
Pests also infest various government laboratories that conduct important and costly research projects, as well as government-run health facilities that house and treat individuals with compromised health. The presence of pests in labs and health facilities may jeopardize the results of experiments, contribute to the worsening health of patients, contaminate food supplies, and endanger the sanitation of various medical supplies kept onsite.
Finally, while military installations and government office buildings differ wildly in function, pest issues are fairly similar across such facilities. Nuisances like cockroaches, flies, birds, and mice/rats may find breeding and nesting sites in office buildings and military installations. While the risk of disease remains a threat, structural damage and food contamination affects operations most pressingly.
How Pest Control Professionals Can Help
Pest control professionals possess extensive knowledge and on-the-job experience, which allows for the effective and efficient control of nuisance and public health pests. On top of controlling problems at hand, specialists help design Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, plans specific to each building. IPM plans not only give individuals the tools necessary to spot and act on early signs of infestation; they also outline various preventative measures that decrease chances of recurring pest problems.
Why In-House Pest Control Doesn't Work
Because government industry pests and the problems they cause are so diverse, untrained individuals simply cannot effectively manage infestations. Successfully handling an infestation requires familiarity with the particular pest species, an understanding of how and where to locate the problem, and knowledge of the different methods used to deal with the issue.
Additionally, chemicals and insecticides may prove necessary to deal with the problem. Licensed pest control specialists are needed for the application of hazardous substances.