Pest control and clean-upAll principals and assistant principals
Schools must follow the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Integrated Pest Management approach to control pests and reduce pesticide risk. This includes the following best practices:
Please note that rodents which enter a building may leave droppings along baseboards, in crevices, or on other surfaces. These must be removed immediately to prevent contamination and allergic reactions. Failure to remove droppings is a code violation.Schools having problems with pests or rodents should contact their education building supervisor and enter all concerns in the pest control log book.
- Sealing gaps and openings where rodents or other animals may enter buildings
- Using good sanitation practices for occupied areas such as cafeterias, kitchens, hallways, and classrooms, and also for lockers, garbage cans, grounds, and dumpsters
- Using proper plastic or metal storage containers for supplies and food
- Eliminating clutter
- Placing sticky traps, pheromone traps, or other physical methods to catch pests
- If a chemical treatment is necessary, using the option with the least potential for human exposure
For questions, contact Alice Watson in in the Health and Safety department at AAWatson@bcps.k12.md.us.Click here for other items in the February 9, 2017 Leadership Action Update.