When implementing an Integrated Pest Management program, selecting the right professional is extremely important (you can read about our process here) for the program?s ultimate success. Further, it is important, too, that custodial decision makers enjoy a good understanding of what IPM is, as well as the risks that are associated when dealing with pests.

When they are selecting a pest management company, the decision makers should seek recommendations from other businesses that are similar in nature to their own. Then, upon meeting a pest professional to assess their capabilities, find out if they do in fact practice IPM and learn about the type of methods they would implement in terms of their own preventative pest program.

Custodial managers ought to solicit bids from a number of pest management companies, while also taking care with respect to due diligence by checking customer references. Should a company provide some form of guarantee, understand what will be covered, how long the guarantee will be in place, and what it is that ought to be done in order to keep the guarantee in place.

Make an evaluation of contracts closely, then invest in the contract based on the value to be gained as opposed to the price being charged. Choosing a pest control company is going to be an important decision, given that it will help to safeguard the health and overall wellbeing of the building?s occupants, and thus, it is the value of the service provision that should greatly outweigh every other factor.

After a pest management company is selected, both the custodial manager as well as the pest professional should work together to develop a training program for the employees, which will help the custodial staff to learn more about the detection and prevention of pests.


Begin with Pest-Proofing

Upon the custodial staff being trained in the importance of pest detection and prevention, some generalized pest-proofing tips may then be implemented:


  • Make sure that high-volume areas are cleaned regularly, such as the kitchenettes and public eating areas, where scraps of food and trash will likely build up rapidly and on a daily basis.



  • Ensure that all food is first sealed and then stored appropriately in the cafeterias and facilities? kitchens.



  • Trash should be disposed of frequently while it should be stored in dumpsters or sealed containers.



  • Dumpster lids should be tightly closed, and loading dock areas must be kept clean.



  • All storage areas should be kept dry and well ventilated.



  • Exterior doors should not be kept open for prolonged time periods.



  • Holes and cracks that lead to the building?s exterior should be sealed, which includes the entry/ exit points for piping and utilities.



  • The exterior wood on all of the facilities? buildings should be repaired if found to be in a state of decay. There are a variety of insects that tend to be drawn to wood that is undergoing decay.



  • Repair any loose mortar and regularly replace weather stripping which is found around windows and the basement foundation.



  • Any clutter that has built up in less utilized areas should be cleaned out.




The prevention of pests is one of the most important responsibilities that custodial managers will be expected to undertake as most facilities are very vulnerable to a pest infestation of some magnitude.

Nevertheless, the custodial managers should not be expected to deal with this issue alone, and thus, working together with a good quality pest management company so as to educate custodial staff, is in fact a crucial step in providing protection for buildings against a potential for pest infestation.

Through the implementation of appropriate pest-proofing steps on a seasonal basis, through the provision of education for the facility personnel in terms of pest prevention, by maintaining an awareness with respect to any potential problems, and by way of partnering up with a quality pest control professional, any facility will be in a strong position to succeed in reducing potential pest problems to a very minimum.

It can prove to be a hard fought battle when it comes to keeping on top of pest problems, but it is a battle that will be won when the correct tools are implemented.