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Schools & Daycares Pest Control
Schools and daycares represent some of the sites that are most vulnerable to pests. Students struggle to study in compromised classrooms, and parents don’t want to send their children to a daycare that’s struggling to contain cockroaches, spiders, ants, or mice. If your educational establishment has unwanted insects, rodents, or wildlife in or around the premises, you need to deal with it as soon as possible — and Smithereen Pest Management Services can help.
Daycare Center Pest Control Matters!
Everyone wants effective pest control for schools and daycares, but were you aware that the wrong kinds of extermination efforts can harm young students? Everyone knows that pests can spread illness and disease amongst young learners. However, fewer realize that outmoded forms of pest control may do just as much damage.
Traditionally, many schools have implemented self-directed forms of pest control, using personnel who haven’t taken a pest management course or even gotten a pest management certificate online. In such cases, daycares and other educational establishments simply apply harsh pesticides whenever they believe the situation warrants it, and this leads to an overuse of chemical remediation measures. That overuse can harm individuals of any age.
School pest control is important, and daycares’ pest control is doubly so, especially given that young children spend more time on the floor. Studies have shown that pesticide residue is much more intense and concentrated on floors than on other surfaces. And such exposure may lead to negative side effects, such as:
Exacerbation of asthma symptoms
General breathing troubles
Immune system disorders
Smithereen Pest Management takes another approach. We practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an earth-friendly and people-friendly approach that’s recognized by the EPA, CDC, USDA, and multiple international organizations. Integrated Pest Management training involves both removing existing pest populations and addressing the factors that led to their thriving. Smithereen’s approach involves our technicians doing the following:
Determining why the pests got into your property
Discovering what specific conditions are attracting them
Crafting a personalized extermination and prevention plan
Eliminating the ongoing pests
Sealing any entry points and establishing a secure perimeter
Monitoring the situation to ensure that the pests don’t return
Our IPM approach minimizes pesticide use, only applying them when the situation requires it and using judicious amounts that are unlikely to harm human health.
Common Pests Found in Daycares and Schools
Many pest control record sheets chronicle the kinds of pests that plague schools and daycares, and they’re sadly very similar to the pests you’ll find in homes and other businesses. They include:
While many cases involving these pests require professional attention, there are specific steps that schools and daycare can take to help address them on their own. These include:
Promptly emptying trash cans
Ensuring that floors remain free of clutter
Addressing any leaks
Addressing any points of ingress (e.g., poorly sealed spaces around doors, windows, foundations, attics, etc. that might allow pests to gain access)
Inspect deliveries to determine if they’re introducing pests
Disposing of all cardboard boxes
Packaging up foodstuffs in sealable containers or bags
Child-Safe Pest Controls Services
If you have a pest problem in your school or daycare, contact Smithereen Pest Management Services ASAP. Not only can pests hurt youngsters under a school’s care, but they may also damage your institution’s reputation. The best time to stop an infestation is before it begins, and the second-best time is as soon as you see evidence of it. Don’t let a minor inconvenience turn into a major issue. Smithereen prides itself on providing discreet, collaborative service that solves your problems and ensures they don’t return. Our IPM practices will also keep your employees and students safe. Contact us today!
"The service you and your technicians continue to provide to the University is outstanding. Your rapid and effective response to a myriad of past problems dealing with pests, rodents and wildlife has been appreciated. Smithereen's exceptional performance has contributed to providing a campus environment which supports our faculty, staff and students. Thank you!"
Northeastern Illinois University
Commercial and Residential Pest Control Since 1888