Keeping your daycare center pest-free is important!

Bugs and critters can cause illness, disease and painful bites. Having a 100% pest-free daycare is a must. Spiders, roaches, beetles, silverfish, ants, mice and ticks have no place in a daycare center! Having said that, its equally important to pay close attention to health and safety. Don’t overdo daycare center pest control. Pest extermination can harm kids’ health if it isn’t done properly or if done too often.

What does pest control cost and how often should you do it?

Daycare center pest control can be several hundred dollars, depending on the size of your facility. If possible, get quotes from a few different exterminators. In terms of frequency, you should have pest control done only when it’s needed. If you have a high density of bugs and are in a humid, cramped location or old building it may be more often. Sometimes you may need to have an exterminator over bi-monthly, or perhaps every month or two months. Remember, though that regular extermination methods can pose a genuine health risk.

Daycare center pest control uses potentially dangerous pesticides, so it should be done only when necessary.Here’s what the EPA has to say …

There are legitimate health concerns about daycare centers who hire exterminators on a frequent, ongoing basis whether or not there are infestations. Daycare center pest control is a necessity and exterminators know what they’re doing, but if there aren’t pests don’t push it! The EPA makes good points about the potentially harmful effect of pesticide residues in daycare centers if you do spraying too frequently. Exposure to harmful pesticides can cause asthma and all sorts of bad conditions. Daycare pesticide control must be done by professionals, and only when necessary. In addition, the EPA recommends taking an Integrated Pest Management approach that starves insects and pests of food and water. The integrated approach naturally drives them away. The link above contains more details about an integrated approach.

Consider natural alternatives …

There is such a thing as green pest control, and it works well! There are so many great options to choose from wherever you’re located; for example, take a look at Truly Green Pest Service in Kansas City, MO, to see what a professional green pest control exterminator can do for you and how it all works. This will get rid of any chance of nasty, toxic pesticide residues while still assuring a thorough extermination. Natural exterminators tend to use plant-based and non-toxic sprays. The more natural ingredients and methods used by green pest exterminators will keep your daycare center pest control fully up to date without the toxins. Lastly, Remember that keeping the daycare center clean will also go a long way to keeping pests away.

Author: Hopping In Blog

Sholom Strick is an expert on the business of running daycare centers and founder of Hopping In, a tool that helps daycare centers earn more when children are absent.

To contact him or for media inquiries email s.strick@daycareteam.com

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