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Applying Pesticides in Schools


You would think that selecting and applying pesticides- whether in the home, the office, schools, hospitals, retail spaces, dormitories, etc. ̶ is a fairly straightforward matter: You identify the kind of pest or pests, you’re trying to eradicate, then you “whack ‘em” with the strongest bug spray you can find, right?


Alas, no. Things are just a little more complicated than that.


Every setting, from your home or office to schools, hospitals, and even taxis and buses, requires a different approach to pest eradication. To say nothing of how the particular pest you’re dealing with will influence the line of attack you ultimately take.


You can find plenty of information about the dos and don’ts of dealing with pests in the home. We’ve written loads on how to get rid of bed bugs, fleas, ticks, and scabies (among others). This is not to say that dealing with pests in your own home isn’t important; it clearly is. But more sensitive environments, such as schools and healthcare facilities, require especially careful handling.


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Getting Rid of Pests in Schools


“An ounce of prevention,” Benjamin Franklin famously advised Philadelphians in 1736, “is worth a pound of cure.” And this is particularly true when it comes to keeping pests out of schools and hospitals. We will get to this later, but some issues should come before others.



Here’s how to get pests out of a school setting:


  1. You need to properly identify the pest, or pests, you’re dealing with. I say pests, plural, because if you notice one sort of bug in your school, chances are good that there are others you just aren’t seeing! This is one reason that using a licensed Pest Management Professional (PMP) from a reliable, well-established company is so important.

  2. Always call in a PMP. We just can’t stress how important it is that you do this! On more than once occasion we’ve been made aware of instances where a clerk in the school office tells a custodian to start spraying insecticides ̶ without asking anyone higher in authority. This really does happen, unfortunately! It may well be that your particular school district, even county or state, actually requires the use of PMPs. So, before you do anything, check with your principal or school superintendent. Failure to do so can get the school district ̶ and you, especially ̶ into a lot of trouble. If you go ahead with pesticide application on your own, not only could you be disciplined (or fired) by the school board, but individual parents could name you, along with the school district, in any civil lawsuits they might bring.

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