Educational Institutions

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Schools and institutions are areas of high traffic, and when there are large groups of people, especially sensitive students, some pesticide solutions just aren't an option. Because of regulations barring the use of some treatments, our technicians will work with you to develop treatments that meet your institution's needs and solve its pest problems.

Your industry combines the challenges of food services, highly trafficked areas and storage facilities. On top of that, buildings are often filled with hard-to-reach and sometimes hidden spaces that provide pests with a virtual sanctuary to grow their colonies and attack the structures you run.

With an approach that relies on "elimination" through pesticides, and "prevention," we're sure we will find agreeable solutions to even your heaviest pest problems, while always keeping your students' and inmates' safety in mind.

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Wood to soil contact. Keep soil from touching wood to reduce pest access. If there must be wood to soil contact (on a porch or deck) use pressure-treated wood or material which is insect resistant. Eliminate hollow porch post and columns.

Ventilation and high moisture conditions. Eliminating damp conditions, increasing ventilation and replacing decayed wood, aids carpenter ant management and helps prevent future infestations by the ants and wood destroying fungi. This may include your cellar, crawl spaces or under dirt filled porches.

Flower and shrubbery beds. Adding crushed rock around the foundation instead of mulch will eliminate a food and harborage source for sow bugs, centipedes, millipedes and many other insects. Crushed rock is also a rodent and snake deterrent.

Leaking gutters and roof lines. Keep gutters and roof lines in good repair and free of debris to reduce wood rot. This reduces breeding areas for wood destroying insects. Satellite carpenter ant colonies are usually in areas of moisture damaged wood.

Openings at plumbing, electrical, and telephone line entrances into your home. Sealing openings around these entries reduces access for carpenter ants, stinging insects, and many occasional invaders.

Excessive plant cover around the foundation. Leaves and other debris under decks, in window wells, and behind bushes should be removed to eliminate decaying organic matter which may provide a food source or harborage for insects such as sow bugs, centipedes and millipedes.