Pest Control Procedures
The following steps have been established by Custodial Services collaborated with Buildings & Grounds to ensure that the proper rodent abatement occurs at all district facilities.
- School sites’ Administrator, designee or custodian phone (434-2202) pest concern to custodial services.
- Upon receiving the complaint, Custodial Services will contact Pest Control and establish a time for Western Exterminator / Certech Pest Control to service the site.
- Custodial Services will notify the site with confirmation of the date and time of Pest Control’s anticipated arrival.
- Pest Control will visit the school’s office and service the site by conducting an assessment and setting traps.
- Pest Control will give Custodial Services a detailed report on the actual assessment along with a corrective action plan.
- Custodial Services will schedule a follow-up visit.
- Custodial Services will send the assessment and corrective action plan to Buildings & Grounds.
- Buildings & Grounds will create a service tag and complete the necessary work for rodent abatement while the Custodial Field Supervisor will conduct a weekly check-in with the custodian in charge to assess the ongoing rodent abatement.
- Custodial Services (site custodian) and/or pest control vendor will monitor the problem and remove traps when necessary. In addition, more traps will be set, by our pest control vendor or the custodian, if necessary.
- When traps are removed, Custodial Services will request additional traps if necessary.
- Pest Control will continue to service the site until the rodent abatement is complete.
- Once the extermination is complete, Custodial Services and the school will receive a report indicating the completion of the abatement.
- Custodian or front office manager contact Custodial Services immediately
- Custodial Services contact pest control vendor immediately
- Custodial Services notifies site of the date/time pest control will arrival
- Pest control vendor assesses the site and set traps
- Pest control vendor will provide Custodial Services with a detailed report on assessment and corrective action plan; Custodial Services will share the report and plan with the school site leader & Buildings & Grounds
- B&G will complete the necessary work for rodent abatement based on the corrective action plan
- School site custodian will monitor traps, get rid of dead rodents in plastic bags and clean up all areas where droppings were identified; repeat until abatement is complete
- Once abatement is complete, a report from the pest control vendor will be filed with Custodial Services
What Causes Rodent Infestation?
In California, there are three main types of rodents: House mice, Norway rats (aka: sewer rats) and Roof Rats. They thrive and are attracted to the following environments:
- Gardens, bushes, ivy, and fruit bearing trees/bushes
- Unsanitary places where food is left out or is easily available
- Wood piles & paper
- Warm weather environments; especially during droughts
- Buildings where there is access to food, paper or wood, sewer pipes, and dark places
A successful rat /mouse control strategy typically includes four elements: sanitation measures, building construction, rodent proofing and population control.
- Remove all crates, boxes, gardening equipment from off the ground storage
- Eliminate leaving food out over night after events or celebrations
- Eliminate access to food, water and shelter
- Avoid leaving dog or cat food out to feed stray animals
- Close entry doors to the school buildings
- Purchase outside garbage receptacles with tight-fitting covers
Nutrition Services can:
- Tightly seal and store food properly
- Clean kitchen and ensure that food is not left out
- Eliminate access to food, water and shelter
Custodial Services can:
- Ensure that school is clean regularly both Inside and outside
- Collect, trash, and garden debris frequently
- Ensure all outside garbage receptacles have tight-fitting covers. For controlling rats/mice indoors, use rat/mice traps
Buildings & Grounds can:
- Thin dense vegetation areas (ex. ivy, bushes)
- Seal cracks and openings in buildings that are¼ inches wide or larger
- Cut back trees overhanging rooftops within 3 feet of the rooftops
- Seal quickly all access points, busted water pipes, electric wires, sewer pipes, drain spouts, roofs, and vents.
- Ensure that windows and screens fit tightly. Use materials such as sheet metal, coarse steel wool, wire screen, and lightweight sheet metal for plugging gaps and
- Ensure that all outside garbage receptacles are secure; chain and lock
The City of Oakland can:
- Increase the frequency of trash and garbage pick-up
- Re-evaluate their waste-management system
- Cut back trees overhanging rooftops within 3 feet of the rooftops owned by the city
- Clean thoroughly city parks and cut back ivy and bushes
- Monitor construction zones duration of exposure of open pipes, sewers, etc.