School Integrated Pest Management

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Pest control in schools, day care centers, and other child care centers presents special challenges for pest management professionals.

Children go to school to learn, and it's not conducive to learning for students and their teachers to be distracted by pests. That's unacceptable. Neither is it acceptable to have disease-carrying insects and rodents in a school, spreading pathogens wherever they go.

At the same time, however, it's important to avoid pesticide use in schools as much as we possibly can. There's considerable research suggesting that children may be more sensitive to certain pesticides than adults are. In addition, some children may have allergies to even naturally-derived products, but not yet be aware of it.

Dayton Pest Control's Integrated Pest Management programs for schools are designed to conform to or exceed the Ohio School IPM Standards, while delivering effective control of all major pests. Our School IPM program is based on the following principles and procedures.

A comprehensive pest management assessment is conducted to identify current pest problems and conditions conducive to pest infestation.

Pest control needs, priorities, and acceptable control measures are defined.

Meetings are scheduled with with the school's administration, maintenance, janitorial, food service, and other departments to exchange information about pest problems and implement effective solutions.

Meticulous records are kept, including the use of Pest Sighting Reports and log books to make it easy for teachers and staff to report pest problems, and for our technicians to address them.

Non-toxic pest control methods such as exclusion and trapping are relied upon as the primary pest control methods.

Pesticides are used only as a last resort, only where absolutely needed. Any pesticides that are used are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in schools, are the least-toxic materials that will be effective against the pest problem, and are applied according to a schedule that avoids any exposure of children to the products.

Ongoing and continuous inspection and monitoring is conducted to quickly identify pest problems that might otherwise have gone overlooked.

A Cooperative Approach to Pest Control

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School IPM requires an extraordinary degree of cooperation if it's going to be effective. The pest management professional has to think of himself or herself as part of a team that includes the school's administration, the maintenance staff, the food service staff, the faculty, and even the children.

Kids are interested in and notice things like bugs. In fact, most times they know about the bugs before anyone else does; and the only reason they don't tell us is because no one ever asks them. That's why we ask teachers to encourage the children to tell them about pest problems that they observe, so the teachers in turn can let us know about them.

We also work closely with the school's maintenance staff to help them identify problems that are conducive to pest problems. Most of these things are very easy repairs, such as replacing missing door sweeps to keep rats and mice from getting into the building. But with everything else the maintenance staff has to do, they don't have time to run around the school thinking like rodents.

We do. In fact, that's our job.

If you're a school administrator in search of an effective, Ohio State IPM-compliant pest control solution, we invite you to contact us for a no-obligation inspection and consultation. We look forward to partnering with you to maintain a safe, healthy, pest-free learning environment for our children.


Jarrod's Corner

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