Pests in University buildings can be disruptive to normal operations and, in some cases, present a health and safety hazard to the occupants. While the University has a pest management process, there may be times where employees or students may need to report the presence of a pest. To clarify steps to be taken for pest control, the following information is provided.
For pest problems such as insects (ants, cockroaches, etc.) and pests behind walls or above ceilings that cannot be seen, contact your Area Services Shop or campus Business Services Office and report the problem. The University's pest control vendor checks the complaint log daily, and will decide on the most appropriate course of action.
Some pest problems require immediate action. This includes flying pests (birds, bats) in buildings and/or rodents (such as squirrels, chipmunks, etc.) which are interfering with normal operations. At University Park, the pest control vendor will respond to emergencies within 3 hours of being contacted, and often have a technician already on campus. They may be summoned by contacting the OPP Work Reception Center at 865-4731. At all other locations, contact the campus Business Services Office. In Dining Commons and Residence Halls, similar procedures should be followed; contact the area Housing or Food Services Manager, who will in turn contact the pest control vendor.
If the animal appears to be acting in a strange manner suggesting illness or injury, contact University Police. Be aware that University Police may determine that it is necessary to destroy the animal to remove it from the building.
To help prevent pests from entering buildings, please be sure to close all windows and doors at the end of the workday, regardless of the outdoor temperature. Most birds, bats and rodents enter buildings through open windows or doors.
Integrated Pest Management at University Park
At the University Park campus, the Integrated Pest Management Plan guides the process for preventing pest conducive situations, identifying pests, and eliminating them. For more information see the Integrated Pest Management webpage.