In addition to working with residential, commercial, and government customers, Pest Solutions also works with schools in Oregon and Washington. Our school clients include k-12 schools (public and private), community colleges, and education service districts, among others.
In school environments, we use a method of pest control called integrated pest management, or “IPM”. IPM methods are different from traditional pest control in that IPM seeks to find the SOURCE of the pest – typically a form of food, water, or shelter – and address this source of sustainenance and attraction to help PREVENT future occurrences. Food, water, and shelter sources can look quite different for different pests, and solutions to “fix” these sources of pest attraction may range from sanitation measures (like corner-cleaning) to exclusion maintenance (such as installing door sweeps), and often include changes in human behaviors that are creating the food, water, or shelter to be easily accessible (like how food is stored in a desk drawer). Our skilled staff is adept at inspecting and diagnosing these non-chemical fixes, as well as identifying the pest to species or genus and employing knowledge about its biology to help the school discourage future encounters.
IPM may also involve the use of pesticides. Our skilled technicians determine if pesticides are needed, and select the lowest-toxicity, most appropriate pesticide for the job. Pesticides are always employed as a compliment to the non-chemical methods described here. The pesticides we use in Oregon school environments are “Caution” label, often in the form of baits, which are most likely to reach their target pest and least likely to be contacted by students, staff, and non-target organisms.
Our staff includes a school IPM implementation expert who provides support to our clients and ensures quality service to schools. Our staff is also regularly trained on the latest IPM methods and state law for schools by our in-house IPM expert. The methods that we use on school campuses strictly abide by the particulars of federal and state law, and ensure maximum effectiveness while prioritizing children’s health.