Medical Research & Manufacturing

Commercial Pest Management Services for the Medical Research & Manufacturing Industry

How Waltham Pest Services Can You Help You

Without proper management techniques, pests such as roaches, rodents, and flies can pose serious threats to a medical, pharmaceutical, or biotech lab’s research efforts. Our pest management professionals are well trained and experienced to work in these highly sensitive environments. Our technicians meet the demands of many leading pharmaceutical and biotech firms throughout New England.

We recognize your need for not just pest elimination and prevention, but also security and safety measures within your facility and consistent teams of cross-trained technicians. We are receptive to your concerns about cross contamination. All our technicians wear company uniforms, carry photo identification, and welcome the opportunity to work with your team.

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Challenges Faced

Medical research facilities enable the expansion of knowledge through experimentation and observation. In order to derive meaningful and helpful results, the facilities must remain clean and pest free. However, since most research facilities provide food, shelter, and water, as well as use controlled colonies of some of these pests for experiments, the risk of infestation is high.

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Effects of Infestation

Common pests in medical research facilities are notorious carriers of disease. Rats, mice, cockroaches, and flies, for example, all possess the capacity to transfer serious illnesses to people, as well as spread pathogens to food and contaminate various surfaces.

As many experiments performed in medical research facilities require controlled and sanitary environments, the existence of such pests may interfere with research studies and cost the labs time and money. Additionally, any human test subjects may already have compromised health and pick up diseases at infested facilities.

Common Medical Research Facility Pests

Rats/Mice - House mice, Norway (or brown) rats, and roof rats are the most common research facility pests. Their existence in medical research facilities is most alarming due to the plethora of known diseases associated with rats and mice. Through urination, defecation, and vectors, such as ticks and fleas, the pests may transfer diseases like diarrhea, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, and food poisoning to people.

Additionally, mouse and rat excrement may trigger asthma and allergic reactions. Associated with inadequate sanitation, rats and mice feed on garbage and may enter medical research facilities through drainage pipes, sewer connections (other disease-ridden and unclean areas), and holes/entry points in the exterior foundation of the structure. Other concerns related to the activity of mice and rats in medical research facilities include the tendency of the pests to gnaw on pipes, electrical wires, utilities, and motor vehicles, as well as structural damage caused by digging and tunneling.

Cockroaches - The presence of some cockroach species implies uncleanliness and is traditionally associated with poor sanitation practices. The pests breed and feed in, as well as enter lab facilities through, unsanitary areas like sewage systems and septic tanks or through shipments into the facility (commercial kitchen). Furthermore, an infestation of cockroaches brings a distinctive odor caused by the excrement and abdominal secretions the pests discharge.

The pests may cause short circuits and electrical fires by accessing the inner workings of electronic equipment. Cockroaches may also transfer diseases such as dysentery, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, and leprosy. Finally, the pests are known to cause asthma. Since cockroaches feed on garbage/food, leather, hair, wallpaper, paper documents, draperies, and other common substances, medical research facilities may sustain an infestation for an extended period of time.

Flies - Flies cause significant problems to medical research facilities by way of disease transmission. Whenever a fly lands on a surface, the pest defecates and secretes from salivary glands. As each fly hosts over 6 million external and 25 million internal bacteria, this habit causes plenty of issues for humans. Flies carry pathogens that cause:

  • Anthrax
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • E. coli

Flies walk, rest, and feed on animal feces, carcasses, carrion, food waste, garbage, and decaying and putrefying organic materials, and cause a high rate of diarrhea in humans. Flies may gain easy access to labs through various entryways that experience significant foot traffic, shipping and receiving doors, and cracks/holes in the building exterior.

Why In-House Pest Control Doesn't Work

Flies alone prove daunting for professionals to manage. Several species are common pests, and accurately determining the species remains a huge component of proper pest control. Individual medical facility workers simply do not possess the knowledge, experience, or certifications necessary to implement effective pest control strategies.

Furthermore, though reliance on non-chemical treatments pervades the industry, the use of insecticides may prove necessary. Pest control professionals remain better suited than lab workers to mix and apply pesticides.

How Pest Control Professionals Can Help

Aside from knowing how to identify specific pest species and handle chemicals properly, pest control professionals aid medical research facilities by implementing an integrated pest management, or IPM, program. Through preventative measures, IPM helps eliminate the chances of repeat infestations, as well as eradicate current problems. Finally, pest control professionals give facility workers the information and tips needed to spot early signs of pest activity and correct the problems before infestations get out of hand.