Superbugs: Invisible Deadly Threats
Superbugs constitute a major threat to you and your family. Before an outbreak turns into an epidemic or pandemic, the threat needs to be neutralized immediately. Outbreaks, like the Norovirus for example, can run rampant through schools, a senior center, nursing home, or any public place where people frequent and could require a superbug disinfection. The effects of most viruses on a normal, healthy adult may be temporary, but for the elderly, a child, or someone who is immunocompromised (see this article), the impact can be catastrophic.
A superbug can be a virus or a strain of bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics commonly used today. Viruses and bacteria can live for hours on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent hand-washing will help reduce the chance of contamination from these common surfaces. Resistant bacteria that cause C-DIFF and MRSA are just a few of the most common superbugs and can live on surfaces for 5 months and 12 months respectively. A professional cleaning service can properly disinfect contaminated areas and restore the property to a safe environment.
What is Influenza (Flu)?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. During flu season, hospital ICUs are packed with very sick patients, often ending in death (~36K to 60K deaths each year). The best way to prevent getting the flu virus is by getting a flu vaccine every year.
Flu is different from a cold. As it usually comes on suddenly. The CDC says, “People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.”
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
A bacterium that causes infections in various parts of the body. The symptoms of MRSA depend on where a person is infected. It typically causes mild infections on the skin, causing pimples or boils but it can also cause more serious skin infections or infect surgical wounds, bloodstream, lungs, or the urinary tract.
C-Diff (Clostridium Difficile)
Clostridium difficile, often called “C. diff,” is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly appears in older adults and typically occurs after the use of antibiotic medications. C-diff affects about 500,000 Americans a year, contributing to 15,000 to 20,000 deaths.The most common signs & symptoms of mild to moderate C. diff infection are:
Watery diarrhea three or more times a day for two or more days
Mild abdominal cramping and tenderness
In some cases, infected individuals are unable to make it to a bathroom which ultimately infects the entire space where they have been confined.
Scabies is a skin condition caused by microscopic mites burrowing in the skin and laying eggs. We coordinate treatment of the area using an Ultra Low Volume fogger and Permethrin in a 40x concentration. This combined with a thorough cleaning is effective to remove the mites.
Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by an itch mite.
Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission.
A severe and relentless itch is the predominant symptom of scabies.
Steri-Clean uses the latest technology for superbug disinfection in a facility, commercial building, or residence. We treat all touch points using an electrostatic sprayer which electrically charges the particles to create a chemical bond to every surface. The negative charge forces the particles toward the positively charged surfaces in the room, ensuring even coverage from all angles. Please see this video about electrostatic technology.
The broad-spectrum disinfectants are extremely effective and have a proven 6 log kill, meaning 99.9999% of colony forming units will be reduced, a reduction statistically
equivalent to zero.
Bed Bug Prep
Bed bugs are a common misfortune among apartment residents, home owners, etc. Our discreet services will alleviate the stress due to the extensive preparation that is oftentimes required before an exterminator can come on-site to treat the area. In order to be certain bed bugs are present, look closely at where a person is sleeping. The bugs can be found on a bed, sofa, arm chair, etc. Bed bugs are flat and oval and have a reddish-brown color.
*Disclaimer: STERI-CLEAN® is not an extermination company; we work closely with local exterminators to properly prepare for treatment.***
Below are three actionable steps taken to clear a space for treatment.
FURNITURE: Empty drawers and move large pieces of furniture away
from walls and baseboards.
CLOTHING: Remove all affected clothing and take to laundromat or dry cleaners.
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Remove clutter and take out all items that could melt or explode under potential high heat treatment.