Schools can make an attractive home for pests such as cockroaches, rodents, ants, termites, wasps, and more. The food from the cafeteria, the messy lockers and desks, and the damp, warm locker rooms all make a great place for pests to call home. In this blog post, we are going to discuss some tips that will help you keep your school pest free. Continue reading to learn more about school pest control. 

At Earthwise Pest Management, we utilize an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process to safely and effectively rid your school of and prevent pests. This process works by removing a pest’s source of food, water, and shelter and minimizes the use of chemicals. To learn more about IPM and school pest control, contact the Sacramento pest control experts at Earthwise Pest Management. 

Seal Cracks and Openings in Walls

It’s important to take away a pest’s way of getting into the school. Taking the time to seal any cracks, crevices, or openings in the school’s walls and around windows will make it harder for the pests to get in. If it proves too difficult for a pest to gain entrance, they will move on to a place with easier access. 

Adhere to a Strict Cleaning Schedule

Removing a potential food source is one of the best ways to keep pests away. The cafeteria, classrooms, gym, and any other area that is susceptible to a pest infestation needs to be cleaned thoroughly and on a regular basis. The cafeteria should be cleaned between meals and after lunch is over. Cleaning of the classrooms may suffice with tidying up everyday and a complete cleaning and sensitization at the end of the week. The cleaner that the school is kept, the less likely pests will be to find a consistent food source. 

Repair Leaking Pipes

Besides food, pests also look for a water source. Even the smallest leaks may be enough to provide pests with a sufficient amount of water. By routinely checking pipes and ensuring that repairs are made as problems arise, you’ll be less likely to attract pests. 

Do Not Allow Standing Water

Without a water source, pests cannot survive. Standing water in sinks, showers, and bathrooms should be cleaned up promptly so that pests do not have a source of water. Standing water around the school should be taken care of as well. 

Allow Food Only in Certain Areas

Limiting where food is allowed in the school can help focus cleaning efforts where they are needed most. If food is only allowed in the cafeteria, you know that cleaning the cafeteria should be prioritized and happen more frequently than other parts of the school. It also ensures that there isn’t food left in lockers or desks where rodents, ants, cockroaches, and other pests could find it. 

Keep Dumpsters Away From School

Dumpsters are an inevitable source of food for pests. It’s important to keep the lid closed securely and to store the dumpster away from the school so pests that frequent the dumpster do not enter the school. 

Keep Up With the Landscaping

Poorly maintained landscaping can give pests a place to hide and make their home. Bushes, plants, and other shrubs should be trimmed and sprinkler systems should be kept in working order to ensure that there is not an excess of water around the school. 

Hire the Sacramento Pest Control Experts

If you are in need of school pest control in Sacramento, Earthwise Pest Management can help. We can safely and effectively remove and prevent pests from the school making it safer and cleaner for you, the staff, and the students. Contact us today to learn more about our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process and how we can help with school pest control.