Pest Management

It is unlawful for anyone to apply pesticides at any university property. Applications are only permitted by EH&S licensed personnel and approved contract exterminators. 

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Even the most skillful and precise application of pesticides will not solve pest problems. Some pesticides may be necessary and will only be used by a certified applicator after performing a thorough inspection to identify the pest "target" and to determine the cause for the existence or infestation (e.g. poor sanitation, open penetrations, water leaks, etc.).

What can you do?

General Housekeeping

  • Close all screens, windows and doors.
  • Collect and dispose all scrap paper, boxes and other debris.
  • Vacuum and mop floors regularly.
  • Empty all garbage containers daily.
  • Inspect plants regularly for pests.

Good Sanitation

  • Allow food and beverages in designated areas only.
  • Prohibit storage of food in desks, file drawers and lockers.
  • Store food and condiments in tightly sealed containers.
  • Dispose of all scrap food promptly.
  • Clean all dishes, appliances and utensils thoroughly and regularly.
  • Clean behind and underneath appliances, cabinets, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces.
  • Clean and dry all mops, buckets and sponges promptly.

Building Maintenance

  • Fix leaking pipes, faucets and other plumbing fixtures.
  • Clean grease traps and floor drains routinely.
  • Install weather-stripping and door sweeps.
  • Caulk wall and floor cracks and crevices.
  • Install and maintain screens in doors, windows, vents and floor drains.
  • Keep loading docks clean of food waste, garbage and debris.
  • Seal pipe chases and other penetrations.
  • Keep shrubs, grass and mulches at least one foot away from buildings.
  • Prune shrubs and remove leaves from around buildings on a regular basis.