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As the leader of a school or daycare, you know that a healthy learning environment is a top priority. Pest sightings — and especially infestations — can detract from a quality educational experience and ultimately harm students, staff, and your reputation. Your library could be under attack from bugs that eat paper like silverfish. And bacteria, viruses, and germs are difficult to keep away from educational facilities especially. That’s why Western offers the Western PurClean™ disinfectant treatment in addition to a complete set of expert services to help you keep pests away — even bed bugs. Our highly-trained canines will detect them early at a 90-95 percent effectiveness rate to save you money, time, and your reputation. If your school has a cafeteria or kitchen with a floor drain, we can keep them free from flies with bioremediation services. We can even provide scenting services to either neutralize foul odors in and around garbage and dumpster areas or provide a pleasant, calming scent throughout your school.
Schools and daycares attract a wide variety of pests inside classrooms, in dorms, and in cafeterias as well as outdoors on fields and playgrounds. Western employs integrated pest management strategies to help mitigate the risk of infestations and help prevent health and safety hazards caused by pests in educational facilities.
Stinging pests can be a significant issue in schoolyards and sports fields. Paper wasps often build nests on playground equipment and can deliver multiple stings when defending their colony. The Mid-Atlantic region also has over 500 species of native bees, and many of them build ground nests that often go unnoticed. Stings are painful and can trigger severe allergic reactions.
Stored food and crumbs in classrooms invite ants and cockroaches indoors. Once they find food and water sources, these two pests can quickly overwhelm a cafeteria pantry or daycare center’s snack cabinet. While most ant species are harmless, food contamination is common and infestations are unsightly. Cockroaches, on the other hand, can spread disease wherever they step. Parents finding ants on their child’s belongings may make formal complaints or post negative reviews online damaging the school’s reputation. Just imagine what a review about a cockroach can do.
Bed bugs are a real problem in dorms. Not only can they hitchhike in on an unsuspecting student, but that also means they can hitch a ride back to that student’s home when the time comes. Bed bugs that can be traced back to your dorm can create not only negative reviews and social media comments but can lead to lawsuits. These pests can multiply quickly and spread from room to room easily.
Pests access preschools, early childhood education daycares, and other school buildings in several ways. Insects follow the scent of food through open doors and windows, while children and staff can unknowingly bring in pests like lice and bed bugs. Western Pest Services offers integrated pest management solutions for businesses in the education industry to help lower the risk of serious infestations.
“Western Pest is fantastic and very responsive to all the needs of our school. Our tech Steve has been with us for years and always does a great job! We wouldn’t work with anyone else!”