As schools begin to fill up with students, there is another population that is still thriving: pests. The weather is warm and pests are naturally a problem when they invade homes and businesses. While pests are a nuisance for students and their teachers, it can be easy to overlook the issues that arise with pests in schools.
Every region and state has its own recurring pest problems, but there are some that are issues in just about every part of the country. Many of these pests go beyond just being a nuisance- they can carry diseases and cause other serious health problems. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common pests found in schools and what you need to know about them.
The Ants Go Marching
One of the most common pests in schools is ants. Ants are attracted to food and moisture, so they can often be found in kitchens and cafeterias. With kids coming in and out of school all day, it can be difficult to keep the area clean enough to prevent ants from coming inside. Between snacks and lunches for hundreds of people in one space, it might be hard to pin down and control an ant infestation.
Ants can cause serious health problems if they are not removed quickly. They can spread germs and contaminate food. If you see ants in your child’s school, be sure to notify the administration. While ants are not known to carry diseases, they can be a nuisance for students and staff.
The Little Cockroach
Cockroaches are another common pest in schools. Cockroaches can carry diseases and cause asthma attacks, so they are a serious concern for students with allergies or respiratory problems. What are cockroaches attracted to? Unfortunately, just about everything. Cockroaches are attracted to food, moisture, and warmth. This makes them difficult to control and get rid of once they have infested an area.
If you see cockroaches in your child’s school, be sure to notify the administration immediately. While cockroaches do not typically bite humans, they can cause serious health problems.
Blood Sucking Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are not typically thought of as a school pest, but they can be a problem in areas where there is standing water. Mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika Virus, so it is important to remove standing water from around the school to prevent them from breeding.
Not Mickey Mouse
Another common pest in schools is mice. Mice can carry diseases and contaminate food, so they are a serious concern for students and staff. You might find mice in areas where there is food or water. Mice are also attracted to warmth, so they might be found in classrooms or near heating vents.
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
Stinging insects like bees, wasps, and hornets can be a problem near schools. These insects are attracted to sweet drinks and foods, so they might be found near vending machines or in cafeterias. Stinging insects can cause serious allergic reactions, so it is important to remove them from the area as soon as possible.
Spiders might not be a common pest in schools, but they can be a problem in areas where there is food or water. Spiders are attracted to moisture, so they might be found near sinks or in bathrooms. Most spiders are harmless and might just give a fright but some spiders can cause serious health problems. Make sure your children know how to identify harmful spiders in case they encounter one in between classes.
Pest Control in Schools
The best way to prevent pests in schools is to have a good pest control plan in place. This should be done by a professional pest control company that has experience dealing with pests in schools. The company should visit the school regularly to inspect for pests and remove them if they are found.
Prodigy Pest Solutions can provide pest control services for schools in the area with children safe, effective, and holistic approaches. We have experience dealing with all types of pests and can tailor a pest control plan to fit the needs of your school. Contact us today to learn more about our services.