ORKIN VITAL OMAN
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN REOPENING
At the time of closing…
- What were the circumstances?
- Was the establishment completely cleaned?
- Was the equipment working properly?
- Has the heating and air systems being maintained?
- Have the facilities been inspected regularly during the shutdown?
Inactive facilities for 2-3 months will probably have fewer rodents as their food supplies would have been limited.
- Inactive facilities for 2-3 months will probably have fewer rodents as their food supplies would have been limited.
- There is a possibility rodents could have died inside. Dead rodents will have attracted flies and beetles as well as being a source for disease causing microorganisms. Blow fly larva will migrate away from the a carcass to pupate. There could be fly emergence from these pupa weeks to months later so if rodent or other animal carcasses are found this needs to be noted for future fly issues. A carcass could have leaked blood and body fluids so repairs maybe required.
- Upon removal of all dead rodents and other animals a complete disinfection of the facility is required.
- Vacant facilities could have become homes for animals not usually associated with a busy facility like birds, feral cats and dogs and other wildlife like weasels, raccoons, foxes etc.
- Inspection for these animals is required.
- Bed bugs survive up to a year with out a meal. The few months the hotel has not received guests they have just been waiting for guests coming to spend the night in the rooms.
- They only eat blood. So unkempt rooms will not impact them.
- Bed bug survive better in cooler temperatures, 10-20 C. The pandemic hit the western hemisphere in the winter so the temperature of the rooms has been cool perfect for bed bug survival.
- Bed bugs are often identified by the fecal smears they leave behind. But if they have not had a blood meal there will not be fecal smears to identify.
- Also bed bugs could have wandered away looking for food so an infestation may have expanded throughout a hotel.
Orkin recommends all rooms are inspected for bed bugs before opening.
- Speed of which hotels were closed could have left items desired by ants and roaches that may be sustaining them in the rooms. Inspection for these is essential.
- Spiders can go months without eating so they maybe in rooms and if the room lights were not turned off flies may have entered and spiders are feeding on them.
- Some of the fiber feeding pests such as spider beetles and carpet beetles may have increased in numbers. Inspecting for these pests is required.
- Drains may have dried out in the rooms allowing phorid flies and cockroaches to come up through the piping system.Pore a cup of water in all drains. In stalling “green drain” is advised.
- There is always a chance that because of limited food and water that rodents and other wildlife pests could have died. A complete inspection is required.
MANAGER CHECKLIST AT REOPENING
- Evaluate the situation/condition of the facility closing at the time of closing
- Inspect to ensure dumpsters and trash cans are present and in good condition
- General regular cleaning of facility, removing and trash or debris
- Arrange pest control company to be on site at opening if possible
- Insure access to entire facility such as roof, suspended ceiling, crawl spaces and basements, locked rooms, behind equipment etc.
- Check all plumbing systems
- Check Air curtains
- Check all door sweeps
- Deep clean the entire facility
- Disinfection products labels indicate cleaning should be done first
- Accompany manager at facility reopening
- Inspect entire facility for dead animals
- Inspect roof for animals and or other pest conducive condition
- Inspect for animals such as rodents and wildlife that have taken up living there
- Inspect motors of equipment for pests such as flies and roaches
- If pests are located a clean out should be preformed
- Inspect all drains for flies and cockroaches.
- Inspect for ants that have established ant colony inside
- Inspect door sweeps integrity and replace if needed
- qInspect to assure dumpsters and trash cans are present and in good condition
- Inspect outdoor rodent stations. Replace missing and damaged equipment and establish fresh baits and record keeping
- Inspect indoor rodent traps. Replace if missing and damaged. Clean and establish them properly
- Inspect Insect light traps (ILT) check UV output and replace bulbs if needed. Replace all glue boards and reapply any residual application of products.