School & University Pest Control

Overview

School and university pest control programs must center on prevention and commitment to a healthy environment, while addressing the needs of a busy environment with numerous pest-attracting factors. Western is a trusted partner for hundreds of schools, upholding strict safety controls and delivering results. That’s why the State of NJ turned to us when developing their system-wide pest control standards.

A Leader in Pest Standards

Our eco-friendly NPMA-certified GreenPro pest control methods meet or exceed the state regulations for your school or university.

  • Adherence to IPM regulations
  • Flexible scheduling to work around student programs
  • Customized, audit-friendly reports aligned with state regulations
  • 24-hour emergency response
  • Eco-friendly, prevention-based procedures
  • In-service training from our entomologists
  • Open communication
  • A commitment to student safety
  • Up-to-date on all state certifications
  • University termite and pest control solutions

Pests in the Classroom 101

Start the school year with insight into the most common campus pests.

Ants

  • Seasonality: Spring (high), Fall (medium-high)
  • Danger level: Low
  • Often found: In student cubbies, where teachers keep treats, break rooms, kitchens

Flies

  • Seasonality: Spring (high), Fall (medium-high)
  • Danger level: Medium
  • Often found: Near trash bins, around cafeteria spills

Rodents

  • Seasonality: Fall (high), Winter (high), Spring (Medium)
  • Danger level: Medium-high
  • Often found: Storage areas, trash areas, kitchens, janitor’s closets, dumpster areas, exterior perimeter

Cockroaches

  • Seasonality: All year
  • Danger level: Medium-high
  • Often found: Kitchens, trash areas, janitor’s closets, food storage areas, locker rooms

Bed Bugs

  • Seasonality: All year
  • Danger level: Low
  • Often found: Classrooms, dorms, teacher lounges, anywhere people store their belongings

Your Best Pest Defense:

  • Sanitation
  • Clutter removal
  • Enhanced maintenance protocols
  • Regular classroom checks
  • Education for students & staff

Communication Tips When Students Bring Pests

This can be sensitive, especially when a socially charged issue like bed bugs is traced to a specific student. Students should never be called out in front of peers, which can cause embarrassment. Instead, depending on the student’s age, you should aim to gently raise the issue with them or a parent privately – with an emphasis on education, to help them deal with it. Overall, the school may also take a proactive stance, regularly disseminating tips that help students and teachers join in the fight against pests.

A Partner in School & University Pest Control

Western brings deep experience in the education space, and even helped author New Jersey’s system-wide pest control standards. Within schools, it’s all about IPM, and we can help you fine-tune your program and keep pests out while school is in.

College Bed Bug Battles

To a bed bug, a college dorm is a buffet, with beds packed tight and numerous potential hosts for an evening blood meal. As a result, Western has seen serious bed bug problems on some college campuses. Luckily, Western fumigation has the experience to help.

Working in partnership with Western’s commercial division, Western’s fumigation team assists university clients that need to address bed-bug problems quickly. In one recent case, a school purchased a dedicated, 20-foot ocean container in which to fumigate dorm-room contents – a testament to the regularity of bed-bug issues on campus. While bed-bug dogs root out infested rooms and Western technicians devise appropriate treatment plans, bed-bug fumigation can play a key role in efficiently and effectively treating problems.

Cognizant of schools’ IPM requirements and 100% committed to safety and student health, bed-bug fumigation – administered by experts – can help campuses turn the tables on persistent bed bug

Western Spotlight: Felicia Gogol

We recently met up with Western’s Princeton, NJ Branch Manager, Felicia Gogol, to talk about how teachers can take the initiative to be proactive when it comes to their pest control.

What is the most important thing for schools when it comes to pest control?

“It comes down to education and awareness. Teachers and students need to know what signs to look for and should be aware of any pest issues that are in their school and/or individual classrooms so they can report it right away.”

What should teachers look out for in their classrooms?

Different pests exhibit different behaviors. It greatly benefits our Integrated Pest Management to identify the type of pest so we are able to better tailor our solutions to the problem. If teachers suspect they have a pest issue in their classroom, they should report it to their school’s facility management so they can contact a pest professional to resolve the problem effectively.

  • Don’t store food or sweets in student or teach drawers. Leaving food around can attract pests into the classroom.
  • Ensure maintenance is constantly looking for signs of pests and possible entry points.
  • Keep all windows and cracks in the building’s foundation caulked to minimize pest entry points.

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