Bio-One Of Oceanside decontamination and biohazard cleaning services

Homeless Encampment - 4 Health Hazards and How We Can Help

Homeless Encampment - 4 Health Hazards and How We Can Help - Bio-One of Oceanside.

Cleaning and removing a homeless encampment is a delicate operation that professionals should only do. Bio-One has assisted businesses, government agencies, and local law enforcement with the remediation of homeless encampments throughout Oceanside and North San Diego County, following the procedures that guarantee safety and complete hazard-free (biological, chemical, and physical) areas.

According to the ASU Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, Homeless Encampments can take many forms: “…tent cities; groups are living under freeway overpasses; and groups sleeping in parks, in skid rows (urban areas with concentrations of poverty and dilapidated buildings), in subway tunnels, on sidewalks, etc.”

Biohazardous waste associated with substance abuse

Unfortunately, homeless Encampmets are often an environment where substance abuse is present. The main biohazard risk associated with this problem is hypodermic needles and other paraphernalia. The cleaning process should be followed by Professionals using adequate PPE and Training. 

Substance abuse also includes the issue of Chronic Inebriation, regardless of the areas where a homeless encampment might be located. Chronic Inebriation can lead to crime and public disorder risk as these individuals become incapable of defending themselves. 

Human feces, urine, and other environmental hazards

Homeless Encampments are usually set in improvised areas without access to a bathroom or other physiological needs. Human Feces and Urine is a severe issue that comes with Homeless Encampment because some will turn to rivers for human disposal, leading to contamination in the water supply system of surrounding communities.

There are also several environmental hazards associated with Homeless Encampments. The absence of adequate living conditions creates a problem for the environment. Humans need food, water, and other basic resources just to stay alive. Batteries, fuels, and other hazardous materials are used for improvised cooking and heating. Also, propane tanks irresponsibly placed can lead to severe accidents in the perimeter. 

Debris and trash - A public safety hazard

Coupled with the fact that many homeless individuals might be struggling with mental conditions (and they most likely won’t have the means to cover treatment or regular checkups) Homeless Encampments can be the center of accumulation of junk and trash. 

Depending on these encampments’ locations, debris and filth can be piled up more easily. Our Team of Professionals at Bio-One of Oceanside is qualified to clear out homeless encampments and remediate areas of public use. 

Pest infestation and other vermin - A common problem in a homeless encampment

The improvised and, sometimes, rudimentary conditions in which Homeless Encampments come about make the perfect scenario for wild animals and other pests infestations to take over these locations and, subsequently, the surrounding properties, businesses, and Communities.

This has been a problem for Property Owners in the areas near Homeless Encampments. Pest infestation (rodents, roaches, fleas) are just a few of the consequences associated with the proliferation of unpremeditated and even short-term Homeless Encampments.

Homeless Encampment Cleanup - Bio-One of Oceanside can help

If you’re a Property Manager, City, or County Official in need of a homeless encampment cleanup in your community, let our team of specialists at Bio-One of Oceanside help you. It’s important to follow strict guidelines and protocols to remediate these areas successfully.

Homeless encampment cleanup before and after with Bio-One of Oceanside.
Homeless encampment cleanup before and after with Bio-One of Oceanside.

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Bio-One of Oceanside is the  #1 Disinfection, Sanitation, and Decontamination Company in North San Diego County, providing professional, industry standards services in all kinds of extreme scenarios:

Recovery Services

  • Crime scene cleanup services
  • Trauma scene cleaning services
  • Blood and biohazard cleaning services
  • Undiscovered or unattended death cleaning services
  • Homicide/Suicide cleaning services
  • Feces and bodily fluids cleaning services
  • Mold remediation services
  • Water damage restoration services
  • Emergency vehicle decontamination services
  • Fentanyl cleanup services
  • Medical waste disposal services
  • Tear gas cleaning services
  • Sewage backup cleaning services

Hoarding cleanup services

  • Hoarding cleanup
  • Animal hoarding cleanup
  • Gross filth cleanup
  • Deep clean
  • Junk removal
  • Homeless encampment clean-out
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Nicotine stain/odor removal
  • Odor removal


Bio-One of Oceanside springs into action to assist survivors when a traumatic event occurs. We work with local law enforcement, emergency responders, victim advocacy organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment communities, and insurance companies to ensure that you receive the greatest service feasible.

We are proudly serving North San Diego and surrounding communities! 

Bio-One is a proud member of the Southern California Rental Housing Association and Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista Chambers of Commerce. Bio-One serves all of San Diego County and neighboring regions, including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Fallbrook, Escondido, San Marcos, and Bonsall.

We also serve the Southern Orange County cities: San Clemente, Dana Point, Rancho Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, and Costa Mesa.

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