Pest Control Tips For Hospitals


An infestation of rodents in a healthcare facility is especially dangerous because these pests can carry disease and spoil food with the bacteria and viruses they harbor in their saliva and droppings. Exposure to dangerous pathogens could be disastrous for already health-compromised patients.

Rodents are simple pests that require only the very basics to survive; food, water, and shelter. Hospitals are typically massive and complex buildings which can provide rodents with a vast network of secluded nooks and crannies in which to thrive.

Hiring a professional pest control company to conduct an assessment of your facility is advisable for prevention purposes, even if an issue has not yet arisen. This assessment will help you identify what areas or practices in the hospital might be attracting the pests, and can assist in putting a plan in place to eradicate rats and mice, as well as prevent them from returning.


  • The most important steps in controlling rodents are preventive methods because prevention is better than control
  • A professional company can help create tailor-made plans for prevention in your facility, which can be distributed throughout the hospital.
  • Healthy buildings should be constructed to prevent the entry of mice and rats.
  • Repair / seal any cracks or holes small diameter or inch or larger in the foundation, walls.
  • Repair broken windows and doors – Make sure that the door seals are tight for any inhabited buildings.
  • A professional pest control company can help identify problem areas that should be upgraded.
  • Chemical control of pests, bait loaded traps, and the disposal of dead rodents should always be administered by a professional pest control company
  • Patient rooms should also be cleaned on a daily basis if patients are being fed in their rooms. Visitors should be reminded that snacks left behind are tempting to pests as well. 
  • Pest control experts can also identify rogue sources of water in the hospital that rats can access. Stagnant water can sustain other pests as well, such as insects
  • Rats can enter the hospital through cracks and crevices the width of a coin, so sealing the building from the outside is paramount to your pest control success.
  • Maintain a clean hospital environment
  • Large hospitals usually have multiple food preparation and dining areas. All of these locations should have strict cleanliness guidelines similar to any restaurant for staff to ensure that no scraps or trash are left accessible to rodents.
  • All trash cans should have tightly sealed lids and garbage should be removed from the premises multiple times per day.