Pest control in schools
A top priority for any school should be keeping pests at bay. Children are more vulnerable to infection than adults, while pest control outbreaks in schools can lead to a closure of the premises, damaging both their education and the school’s reputation. As specialists in pest removal and pest control in schools, Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions here look at some of the principal types of pest problems that can affect schools, and offer helpful pest control advice on how the school can be kept free of these unwanted visitors. We deal with all types of pests speedily and efficiently and use discreet, unmarked vans to protect the school’s reputation.
School Rat Pest Control
Common rats live in any situation that provides food, water and shelter. The common rat is the most widespread type of this species, and it is found in urban and rural areas. In schools, there is a risk they could move into loft spaces, wall cavities and cellars or under floorboards, or burrow into grassy banks or under sheds in the grounds. They are also commonly found living in sewer systems.
Their favourite foods are cereal products, although they will eat or contaminate almost anything that humans eat. They will eat or contaminate food intended for humans. It is estimated that up to 5% of food produced worldwide is lost as a result of rodent activity. Rats can transmit diseases to humans including Salmonellosis (food poisoning) and Weil’s disease. They can also cause damage to school buildings by gnawing and burrowing. Our rat pest control experts should visit the school as soon as possible to stop your cockroach problems and protect your reputation.
School Mice Pest Control
House mice are considered amongst the most troublesome and economically damaging rodents in the UK. They nest in the ground or in any protected location in nests constructed of shredded fibrous materials such as paper, so you might find a nest in school grounds.
A female mouse produces 5-10 litters per year, averaging five mice per litter. Mice contaminate food with their urine, droppings and hair. They also chew cables and wires, and this can cause short-circuiting and increase fire hazards in school buildings. Our mice pest control experts should visit the school as soon as possible to stop your mice problems and protect your reputation.
School Cockroach Pest Control
There are two types of cockroach found in the UK; the Oriental cockroach and the German cockroach. They will feed on almost anything from food to faecal matter, and so they are commonly found in kitchens and heating systems.
Their presence indicates that your school food preparation areas are not as clean as it should be. Cockroaches can carry dysentery, gastro-enteritis, typhoid and food poisoning organisms. Contamination occurs when the cockroaches come into contact with foodstuffs. Our cockroach pest control experts should visit the school as soon as possible to stop your cockroach problems and protect your reputation.
School Pigeon Pest Control
Descended originally from the Wild Rock Dove (a cliff-face dweller) pigeons have adapted to urban environments and lack natural predators. Pigeons can carry psittacosis which can cause respiratory illnesses and flu-like symptoms if teachers and pupils are exposed to infected birds. Local authorities are empowered to control and destroy pigeons if they pose a threat to public health. Other measures professional pigeon pest control experts can take to prevent these nuisance birds nesting include installing wires on window sills and netting across open pathways and courtyards.
School Ant Pest Control
The commonest species of ant is the black garden ant. A highly organised and social insect, a colony will nest and include worker ants which are attracted to sweet foodstuffs. Ants may cause contamination of foodstuffs and preparation areas, and they can also be attracted to crumbs and rubbish in pupils’ lockers.
Limited measures can be taken by school staff on the spot, but professional ant pest control experts should be brought in if large numbers of nests are found. At Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions we use residual insecticide and baits to deal with ant problems in schools.
When summer arrives, it tends to bring large numbers of wasps – and you could find yourself looking for a wasp pest control expert to carry out wasp nest removal in the Ipswich area. There can be hundreds of wasp nests per square mile in the UK. While the insects may be a real nuisance for homes and businesses when there are wasp nests around children the situation is more serious. Wasp stings can be extremely risky for youngsters, especially if they are allergic to them, so, if a nest is found near a school, it is important to deal with it as soon as possible.
These pests build nests in shrubs, hedgerows, and in the eaves of school buildings. They can be attracted to pupils’ packed lunches, food and drink areas and unsealed dustbin. You must not take any chances if you have a wasp problem in or near your school, as children can suffer an allergic reaction to being stung and can go into anaphylactic shock. Wasps also carry bacteria, so if they land on any food pupils can easily end up with an upset stomach.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions are experienced in wasp prevention, pest control in schools and wasp nest removal. As the experts in their field of pest control in schools, they not only receive callouts from homes and businesses needing wasp nest removal in the Ipswich and Colchester areas, but also from schools and educational establishments throughout Suffolk and Essex. We set wasp traps in sensitive areas, and also supply zapper units which come in handy in canteens and kitchens. If there is a nest inside your school grounds, call our wasp pest control experts into the school quickly as inquisitive children may disturb it and get stung.
Let’s take a look at why it is important to deal with any wasp pest problems around children as quickly as possible and also an action you can take to prevent wasps from becoming a pest in summer.
How Big a Threat is Wasps to Schools?
Wasps are often regarded as just a nuisance, but they are also a health hazard to children. One very real risk is an allergic reaction to being stung, which could be mild or, in rare cases, even life-threatening. Unfortunately, often people don’t realise they are allergic to stings until they have been stung, and it is also possible suddenly to react badly to a sting even if this hasn’t happened in the past.
A severe reaction could even mean going into anaphylactic shock, with symptoms including your mouth and throat swelling up and difficulty in breathing. You need to call an ambulance if someone suffers this type of reaction, and sufferers who know they are allergic may have to carry an adrenaline pen. Severe allergies are very rare in children but, if stung by a wasp, at the very least it can be painful and uncomfortable. Wasps are also a health hazard because, like flies, they spread bacteria causing diseases, so a wasp landing on a child’s packed lunch or ice cream could bring a risk of a stomach bug as well as the danger of the child being stung in the mouth.
When there is a wasp nest near a school, there is a risk that children might either try to tamper with it or unwittingly disturb the insects and get stung as a result. Wasps are as big a threat in the countryside as to inner-city schools, as they congregate around food and drink areas and outdoor bins.
Staff and caretakers should be cautious in early summer and carry out regular patrols of low trees and hedges around children’s play areas. Wasp nests can be on the ground in fields, or in the eaves of buildings, as well as in shrubs and hedgerows. So it would be all too easy for a child to disturb a nest by kicking a football into a hedge or hitting a nest hanging low in a tree with a Frisbee or skipping rope.
How We Tackle Wasps in these Areas
Wasp traps can be used to protect sensitive areas and Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions provide highly effective traps to their customers which will give protection all through the summer. Fly zapper units in canteens can also give some protection and help to prevent wasps from landing on children’s food.
We also carry out wasp nest removal, which should ideally be done out of school hours when staff and children are not around. If you are a school staff member, don’t try to undertake to remove the nest yourself, as this is extremely hazardous because you could get stung by large numbers of insects at once. It is always best to call in the pest control in schools experts who know how to deal with nests safely and have the correct equipment and protective clothing to do so.
What to Do if you Spot a Wasp Nest in School Grounds
If a school staff member or child spots a wasp nest in or near the playground or a school playing field, immediate action is needed to prevent children getting stung before Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions arrive to deal with the situation.
It is vital to cordon off the area and keeps children well away until the experts arrive to deal with the nest. Being a local pest control company, Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can attend schools throughout Suffolk and Essex quickly and would give priority to such a situation, where children are at risk. The wasp nest would be treated and removed by experts in pest control in schools.
How to Take Preventative Action Against Wasps
As with other places where food is eaten, schools should carry out good hygiene practices to avoid attracting wasps. This includes covering and regularly emptying waste bins, keeping picnic tables tidy, clearing up any food and drink spillages or leftovers and keeping food covered. It is also a good idea to encourage children to drink water outside rather than sugary drinks, which are a magnet for wasps and offering straws from drinking out of cans or bottles.
Many schools have a recycling bottle bank area attached and these can be extremely attractive to wasps. Wasp traps would need to be strategically placed to prevent tampering by inquisitive children but, at the same time, it is important to ensure they are in the most effective place as possible to combat the insects.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can give advice on where best to site a wasp trap. Do you have a wasp nest in your school or educational establishment? Contact Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions for fast, efficient wasp nest removal service. We provide swift, effective action to tackle pests and give priority to schools for wasp nest removal. As a local company based in Holbrook and serving the Suffolk and Essex areas, we offer competitive prices, and you can rely on us for expert advice. We offer preventative contracts and can guarantee our work.
School Squirrel Pest Control
Grey squirrels were introduced in this country during the 19th century; they now occupy most of the mainland of England and Wales. They live in woodland as well as urban parks and gardens. The main threat from squirrels is that they enter roof spaces and chew woodwork, strip insulation from wiring and water pipes and drown in open water tanks causing contamination. Professional squirrel pest control contractors like Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions should be called in to deal with them.
School Pest Control in Essex & Suffolk
Whatever the nature of your school’s pest problem, Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can help you deal with it with our school pest control services. Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions have achieved Accredited Membership status of the National Pest Technicians Association. This means that we have proven our credentials by passing a detailed audit of our premises, working practices, equipment and training. We carry public liability insurance and have to undergo regular, ongoing auditing to ensure a continued high level of service. In the case of cockroaches and fleas, we typically use a residual insecticide spray. Our rodent control methods involve putting down anti-coagulant baits. We will make several visits to make sure all your rats and mice have been fully eradicated. To get in touch with us, call us on 01473 328092 or 07979 301334 (for out of hours pest control emergencies). Our school pest removal services are available in all parts of Essex and Suffolk, including Harwich, Colchester, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Sudbury.