Doctors and pest control professionals have a lot more in common than one might think. They both want to get rid of bugs. They both have to wear masks from time to time. And they both know how to spot the symptoms of a bigger problem. So, whether you work in a hospital, a clinic or a doctor’s office, here are a few of the telltale signs of an infestation you should be watching out for:

  • Mattress stains. This first one is easy. What pest likes to hang out under the covers? If you guessed bed bugs, you’d be right. And those tiny brown stains you keep finding? That’s evidence of these nasty pests using your cotton sheets as toilet paper.
  • Tiny droppings. Signs of another nasty diagnosis — this time, brought to you by rodents. Look for their pill-shaped droppings inside drawers, behind cabinets and hiding in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
  • One ant too many. Where’s the one, there’s always more. If you see a few ants crawling along baseboards or coming out of a crack in the wall, give your pest control provider a call. You might have an infestation on your hands.
  • Webs. One of the most obvious symptoms of a pest problem is the spider web. Remember, most spiders spin their web near a readily accessible source of food. So, if you see a spider, you may have also a bigger insect issue to take care of.

While it’s usually not a smart idea to self-diagnose, in this case, the more you know, the better off you probably are. Download “The Fundamentals of Healthcare Pest Control.” You’ll find out which pests frequent which facilities, other signs you should be looking for and some proactive pest control steps you can start taking today.