The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), formerly known as ASHES, has released an updated Recommended Practice for Integrated Pest Management (IPM), co-authored by experts from Orkin Commercial Services. Certified entomologists from Orkin teamed with AHE in 2005 to author the original Recommended Practice a "how to" guide to implementing and maintaining an effective IPM program in a healthcare facility. The updated version includes new sections including bed bugs and fly control.
"AHE members were asking for more information relating to the resurgence of specific pests that can threaten the healthcare environment, particularly bed bugs," says Patti Costello, executive director of the AHE.
In the past few years, bed bugs have captured attention after a nearly 50-year absence.
"Because bed bugs were not prevalent for half a century, many people dont know what they are or how to identify them," said entomologist Ron Harrison, PhD, Orkins director of technical services and a co-author of the guide. "The AHE IPM Recommended Practice includes comprehensive information about inspection, detection and remediation steps in healthcare settings."
Flies are also a problem pest for environmental services professionals. Harrison notes that "in a survey of AHE members completed earlier this year, 70 percent reported flies as their most prevalent pest issue." The new fly control section addresses common fly species attracted to the healthcare environment and ways to control them. Beyond being a nuisance, many types of flies transmit harmful bacteria and diseases.
First released in 2005, the Recommended Practice for Integrated Pest Management was the first in the organizations Recommended Practice series, which addresses specific topics critical to optimal healthcare environmental services performance.
The newly updated Recommended Practice for Integrated Pest Management is available on AHEs website at:Â www.ahaonlinestore.com, under the environmental services category.