Pest Services for Schools and Child Care
Given that young children are the most vulnerable in our community, it is important for us to take an approach that reduces their exposure to any chemicals. This is where IPM for child care centres is so valuable.
Our approach is that pest control doesn’t have to be toxic. Removing the pests’ access to food, water and shelter is the first step in eradication and then it is combined with other non-toxic methods to reduce the risk of them returning.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy that uses on long-term prevention methods such as:
- regular pest population monitoring
- regular site pest inspections
- an evaluation of the need for pest control
- resident education
- structural, mechanical, cultural, and biological controls
Some techniques involve:
- improving sanitation & hygiene
- building maintenance
- other non-chemical measures such as sealing gaps and crevices, traps, screens and insulation for hot and cold water pipes. Least-hazardous pesticides are only used as a last resort to minimise the exposure