Tips For Improving Efficiency Levels Of Integrated Pest Management In Schools

If you have pest problems in your school, you likely have decided to take a general approach to get rid of them as quickly as possible. You don't want to deal with pests anymore because they disrupt learning and make parents worried. You might have chosen an integrated pest management approach to make sure that the pests that are around are forced out and that they are not able to return. However, it is going to be a waste of time and money if you do not take the time to actually ensure that the efficacy of the process are as high as possible. Here are some tips for making sure that your efficiency levels of integrated pest management are high.

1. Keep a Pest Sighting Log

The first thing that you need to do is have a pest siting log, preferably online in a shared document, that people can add to as they spot cockroaches and other pests. This will allow the school to keep on top of the problem and contact professional pest control services as soon as possible in order to minimize the disruptions that are caused by the pests.

2. Have Trash Removed From Classroom Throughout the Day

Do not allow trash, specifically food trash, to stay in the classroom for longer than necessary. Small crumbs can quickly turn into a huge bug problem. For every classroom, try to have someone assigned to remove the trash to the general trash can in the hallway and then make sure that the janitors empty the general trash cans throughout the day. This will allow you to reduce the chances that bugs gather after breakfast, lunch, or the odd pizza party that a classroom might throw. 

If you have kids eating full meals in the classroom, be sure that someone sweeps immediately after the meal in order to make sure that crumbs do not stay on the floor for very long.

3. Talk to Your Pest Manager

Talk to a pest manager to make sure that your school is working through every point of an integrated pest management program. These programs tend to work the best if all of the steps are followed. Discuss integrated pest management plan implementation at teacher meetings throughout the year. This will give your pest manager a chance to touch base and provide advice or updates about the pest situation.

For more information, talk to a company, such as Alta Sierra Pest Control, that specializes in pest control.