Commercial Pest Management Services for the Pharmaceutical Industry
How Pest Control Professionals Can Help
To completely eliminate an infestation and protect company assets and employees, contacting a professional pest control specialist may be necessary. With the specialized training, certification, and knowledge that everyday workers typically lack, pest control professionals can perform removal tasks and utilize baits, traps, and chemicals more efficiently.
Pest professionals can also help train employees on how to spot telltale signs of infestations, offer tips on how to maintain work areas to keep insects and rodents at bay, and implement integrated pest management plans (IPM plans) that not only eliminate pest invasions but also provide tactical solutions to prevent further issues. Request a free inspection or to locate your local Waltham Pest Services branch.
Pharmaceutical companies face many challenges in dealing with potential pest infestations. Attracted by the presence of food, water, and harborage, different pest species may invade pharmaceutical warehouses and distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and even retail establishments.
Typical invaders include rodents and cockroaches, while industry-specific pests, such as the drugstore/grain beetle and other stored-product insects, may infest pharmaceutical facilities as well. When left untreated, a simple pest infestation can become a serious problem.
Effects of Infestation
Subject to government regulations, pharmaceutical companies can be fined and even shut down as a result of pest infestations. Even the sight of certain invading species may affect the morale or psyche of workers, as infestations often carry a stigma of dirtiness and evoke feelings of repulsion or fear.
Some pests actively feed on the pharmaceutical products themselves, which forces companies to take the necessary steps to eliminate the infestation or risk facing economic loss as a result of the compromised goods. Failure to control pest outbreaks may also lead to the development of health problems among employees, as many common pests, including rodents and cockroaches, are known carriers of various diseases and allergens.
Common Pharmaceutical Industry Pests
Rodents - Rodents, such as mice and rats, typically enter buildings through loose roof shingles, crawl spaces and vents, gaps around utility pipes and wiring, and openings in windows and doors. Rats and mice are commonly used in research in the pharmaceutical industry, where an escaped rodent could continue to breed and feed unchecked. Rodents feed on an assortment of products, including:
- Stored grains
The vermin also cause structural and surface damage by gnawing on wires, supports, and piping. Both mice and rats are known carriers of many disease-causing pathogens, including hantavirus, and may also carry lice and ticks that are potentially detrimental to human health.
Stored Product Pests - Stored product pests invade pharmaceutical warehouses and manufacturing plants, where they actively feed on the merchandise and production-grade supplies, damage potential shipments, and cause financial loss. One of the most destructive pests in the industry is the drugstore beetle, which is named for its habit of feeding on prescription medicines. Most stored product pests do not harm humans or spread disease; however, the excrement and frass that they generate, as well as the microbes they may introduce into the infested area/product, can be physically irritating if ingested.
Cockroaches - Cockroaches are strongly associated with filth and general uncleanliness. The insects may enter facilities through sewers/sewage and septic tanks, where feeding and breeding commonly take place. Cockroaches may also be brought into a facility through commercial kitchen food shipments.
Cockroaches feed on a multitude of materials. They prefer starches and organic material but will also feed on garbage, paper, and even hair.
The insects carry various disease-causing agents, including those that lead to dysentery, food poisoning, and typhoid fever, while their shed skins have been known to trigger allergic reactions when inhaled. As relatively rapid reproducers, cockroaches produce large infestations that can go undetected for long periods of time.
Why In-House Pest Control Doesn't Work
By the time companies typically become aware of active infestations, it may already be too late for in-house removal strategies. Store-bought traps, baits, and sprays may not completely eradicate invasions, and each must characteristically be replenished with consistency and placed in and around large populations in order to be effective. Furthermore, the use of chemical pesticides and fumigants may cause further damages and increase health risks if handled improperly.
With over 120 years of varied experience, Waltham Pest Services is committed to providing superior commercial pest management services for the pharmaceutical industry.
- Professional pest control specialists with specialized training, certification, and knowledge on how to best solve your pest problems.
- Implementation of IPM (Integrated Pest Management Plans) that not only eliminate problems but also provide proactive solutions to prevent resurgence.
- Experience treating various pest problems including common pharmaceutical industry pests such as rodents, cockroaches, and stored product pests.