Pests! Could They Be Hiding in Our School?

by Baillie Holmberg and Katie Burrows, The Herd Staff

You might not be able to see them, but they could be beneath our very noses. Thankfully our school doesn’t have bugs, but some of the main pests could be ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, flies, lice, mosquitoes, rodents, termites, stinkbugs, and ticks. The main places that these horrible little pests breed in are cafeterias, locker rooms and gyms, doors and windows, and dumpsters. Gross!
“But, how,” you may be asking yourself, “do I get rid of pests?” A few safe ways to keep lice out of your hair – pun intended – are: restricting where food is eaten, moving dumpsters and food disposal containers away from the school, repairing and maintaining leaking pipes, pressure cleaning food service areas, sealing cracks and crevices, instituting sanitation measures, cleaning gutters, and directing water flow away from buildings to prevent saturation. If you already have pests, consider carefully cleaning, rather than using pesticide, as it can be hazardous to the health of you and everyone around you. The main ingredient in most pesticides – DEET – has been linked, by scientists, to asthma attacks, seizures, and even nerve damage! Common sense tells you that that’s not a good thing.

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