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Monitoring for School Pests

MONITORING INCLUDES

- Identifying and locating pests

- Determining the stage of the pest and where they are coming from

- Estimating size of pest populations

- Identifying the factors that are contributing to the pest problem (poor sanitation, improper storage, holes in walls, etc.)

- Assessing environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, weather or seasonal changes)

- Look for moisture in buildings; many pests require moisture.

- Look for gaps under doors; exclusion effectively reduces many pests instantly.

PEST INSPECTION

Inspection of school areas should be done at least monthly or on an on-going basis. These Integrated Pest Management (IPM) inspections should be performed by someone who is knowledgeable about pests and the conditions that favor pest infestations. Ideally, inspections should be performed with someone who is familiar the school, staff and the way things are done. Professional pest management services can provide this level of inspection. 

Inspections should focus on pest vulnerable areas of the school or facility. These are the areas where pest's can find food, water or moisture, warmth, living space (harborage) and a way into the facility. In each of these areas, the inspector needs to identify any signs of current pest infestation and also note any existing conditions that may potentially support pest populations or make it difficult to adequately inspect.   

INSPECTION TOOLS AND ITEMS

- Keys to all areas of the school.

- Building maps with areas named to list problems on data sheets. The map can be used to mark areas that may need follow-up.

- Data sheets to record pest issues.

- Powerful flashlight

- Black-light flashlight to find mouse urine trails.

- Screwdriver, a spatula for crack and crevice inspection.

- Mechanic's mirror for seeing around tight corners.

- Hand lens for insect identification and plastic vials for collecting specimens.

- Field guides for accurate identification of pests.

Record sticky trap and other trap data on the Pest Trap monitoring Form


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John Connett

Integrated Pest Management Specialist

UW-ES, Entomology-ESM

Dept. 3354

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5022

Email: jconnett@uwyo.edu

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