When it comes to vulnerable populations, senior citizens top the list. Whether seniors live alone, in an assisted living facility, or in an adult community, health risks abound. Many people think about illnesses and physical injuries, but one thing that is often missed is infestations. Seniors living with bed bugs is a growing problem.
Seniors are more likely to have medical problems that make them more susceptible to the effects of insecticides. Pest control service around seniors needs to be adjusted to reduce their potential exposure to insecticides. Special problems and risks include:
Pesticides and insecticides contain toxic chemicals as a way of eradicating pests. The chemicals may include a carcinogen, which is any substance that is directly involved in causing cancer. Pesticides include two types of chemicals, active and inert. The active ingredients kill or repel the pest, and inert chemicals are used for other purposes, including attracting the pest or increasing shelf life.
When a pest control company fails to treat an infestation properly, the person whose residence they negligently treat can be severely injured. There have been many reported cases where pest control companies dumped gallons of poison into senior citizen's apartments over several years, never ridding the apartment of bed bugs, but causing tenants to become severely ill from the poison, and prolonging the time they are bitten.
Unfortunately, some pest control companies do not follow industry guidelines, and actually worsen the problem they are called to fix.