Nick Isaac of Bio Con Pest Control joins The Doctors to discuss bedbugs and mice infestations. The Doctors share a story about a woman who discovered bedbugs in her daughter’s hospital room. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork wants to know how somewhere as clean and sterile as a hospital gets bedbugs!
The exterminator says bedbugs are pretty active and can be found in all sorts of places. They are prevalent in old-age homes which is how Nick thinks they may end up in hospitals. Nick explains that an infestation of bedbugs has nothing to do with cleanliness; bedbugs are transferred from people bringing them from one place to the next. However, bedbugs are unlikely to transfer on the body. They are much more likely to be on something that is carried into a place.
Nick’s advice is to avoid bringing a bag into places you don’t need to, for example, the movies or if possible, the hospital.
Nick explains bedbugs leave bites but they can vary in looks depending on the individual’s body’s reaction to them. However, they typically form patterns of threes in a linear shape. If bedbugs are present, people will normally get more than one and at least three bites. Nick adds that you can’t do much to prevent them from coming into your home but if you do find the bugs or see these bites, call a professional immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get rid of the problem. Thankfully, Dr. Travis points out that bedbugs are more of a nuisance than a true danger.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry adds that it’s not as though bedbugs in a hospital happen all the time and Dr. Travis notes if you’re in the hospital, bedbugs shouldn’t be your big concern, whatever brought you there should be!
Mice are another pesky infestation but now, they are a bigger threat; it's estimated that as many as one in four mice might be carrying drug-resistant germs. A study conducted in New York looked at all four boroughs and found 37% of mice contain at least one pathogen and 23% carry at least one antibiotic-resistant pathogen. It’s estimated that this is occurring not just in New York but in environments across the country.
Nick thinks this is happening because mice come in contact with a lot of unsavory areas and then also eat what we eat which means they also eat the medications we have. They come in contact with bacteria that they are able to fight, but humans might not be. This is frightening because you don’t need to come in direct contact with a mouse to have bacteria spread to you by them. They can rub up against something that you then touch and from there, catch their germs.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says this makes sense, just like humans are developing resistance by taking antibiotics they don’t need or taking them the wrong way, the same is happening to these mice who ingest them.
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Nick notes that rodents come in from places where they can go from inside and back out because there is not enough food inside alone for them. Mice, on the other hand, can slip inside your home, even squeeze under your door. Nick recommends getting a door sweep or something to prevent mice from finding any cracks under your door.
The way you know you have a rodent problem is by the mice droppings that will be found all over the place. If you see these droppings, Nick says you can try to fix the problem yourself using mice traps for about a week. If you can’t get it under control, it’s time to call in the professionals.