School Wildlife Management

Real Expertise for Schools & Colleges

Keeping schools free from nuisance wildlife is a must. Not only do invading animals damage structures, they are also a threat to your students, staff and visitors. Our professional, licensed technicians are experienced in wildlife removal and control at schools. We’ll help your property maintain an A+ in safety and cleanliness.

Protecting Your Bottom Line

Nuisance wildlife can be a liability for you. You can’t afford to put your students, employees and visitors at risk, and closing down your building isn’t an option. We understand. Our fast response time and expertise ensure that your wildlife problem is handled efficiently and effectively. Call on us to protect your property and your people from harm.

Wildlife Control for Schools
Bat Control

Bats are considered by many to be among nature’s most beneficial creatures. However, bats and schools are not a good mix. Bat roosts often contain an accumulation of droppings and urine — called guano — which can cause significant odor problems as well as health issues. In addition to the bacteria that often accumulates in bat roosts, there are fungi that can propagate and infect humans. Also, bat droppings act as a food source for cockroaches and other insects inside walls.

But the most serious disease concern with regard to bats is rabies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common way for people to get rabies in the United States is through contact with a bat.1 It is not uncommon for bats to find their way into the interior spaces of the structures where they roost, which creates a significant danger of exposure through a bite or scratch.

Bats can exploit what seem to be insignificant gaps, cracks or imperfections in the exterior of a school building to enter the structure and roost. Often, the only clue that bats are present is when a bat is found inside the building. Because bats are colonial, they often congregate in large groups. With students, faculty and visitors in the same structure, a colony of bats creates tremendous liability for your school.

All bat species are protected by state and federal regulations, and they must be mitigated in accordance with the law. In some states, a special permit or license is required, so using a professional to handle a bat problem is highly recommended.

Your first step should be to call Trutech® to assess the situation.

Solutions

Bat removal is a delicate procedure and should only be done by trained professionals. If removal procedures are not done carefully, bats can enter the building in great numbers, causing a serious emergency and safety risk to students and staff.

Our full-service bat removal program is designed to humanely evict bats, provide bat-proofing repairs, clean up accumulated droppings and sanitize the space.

To start, our professional technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your school property, assessing where bats are causing problems, as well as any areas where they may be able to enter the structures.

We remove the bats from the school by first eliminating any potential entry points by sealing or screening them off. We then install a one-way “bat valve” so they are unable to return to the roost once they leave to feed.

There are specific times of year when bats can’t be removed. These “blackout dates” are in place to prevent juvenile bats – flightless and dependent on their mothers for food – from being trapped inside the structure, where they will die.

Trutech® technicians are experts in bat removal and exclusion, and we offer a renewable warranty on our bat removal service. We also perform any necessary clean-up, sanitization and insect treatments needed to mitigate the waste bats leave behind.

1https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education

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Pigeon Control

Pigeons use a variety of habitats but are most common in and around urban areas or large man-made structures. Schools, especially those with larger athletic structures such as gymnasiums and stadiums, are often prime locations for pigeons for roosting and perching.

Pigeons nesting under building canopies can become a serious inconvenience, as well as a health hazard. Their droppings contaminate the area with bacteria and fungi and can harbor several serious diseases, including salmonella and histoplasmosis. The longer the birds stay in the area, the more numerous they will become. Their nesting and perching can cause damage to the structure and, in some cases, can be hazardous, especially when their nests are situated on or near light fixtures.

Bird feces are also particularly damaging to metal and painted surfaces, and they will often leave stains etched into the surface, even after cleaning and disinfecting. This is due to the corrosive nature of the acids in their droppings.

The best way to prevent damage is to eliminate pigeon perching and nesting activity. Most pigeon problems will require a combination of treatment techniques.

Solutions

Denying pigeons the ability to perch and nest can be accomplished in a variety of ways, depending on the school building structure. Options include exclusion netting; bird wiring; metal screens; electrified deterrent systems; gel repellents; visual deterrents such as lasers, reflectors or other light-emitting devices; and even sonic and subsonic repellents. Often the most straightforward and inexpensive solutions are the most effective.

In addition to repelling or excluding the birds, we might also suggest population reduction. This can be done in a variety of ways, but trapping is usually the most cost-effective and efficient. Trutech® technicians are experts at trapping pigeons, and our trapping techniques can often remove large numbers at one time. This type of service can be done on an as-needed basis or as a recurrent service, similar to pest control.

Accumulations of pigeon droppings can be very hazardous to human health and can damage structures, causing expensive repairs if the droppings are not cleaned and removed appropriately. Trutech has the equipment and expertise to mitigate these problems while minimizing danger to faculty and students. Our personnel are focused on providing a permanent, quality solution to your pigeon problems.

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Snake Control

Snakes are found across the United States, but the species of snake — and how common they are in a given area — depends on the region and the habitat immediately around the school.

The presence of any snake species creates a potential hazard to students, faculty and visitors. Typical snake calls involve a snake on a playground or athletic field, but snakes also find their way into buildings and are frequently unwanted visitors in a cafeteria or classroom.

If the snakes are venomous, there is the obvious risk of a venomous snakebite, which can be even more serious when children are involved. But because it can be difficult for non-professionals to easily determine which snakes are venomous and which are not, all snakes should be treated as a threat and removed from school property.

In areas where snakes are common, it may be necessary to take a proactive approach to snake control and prevention. This requires an ongoing, professional snake control and prevention program.

Solutions

Snake control and prevention begin with an on-site inspection and consultation by a Trutech® technician. He or she will look for snakes on campus, especially if one has been recently sighted and will remove any snakes found if at all possible.

Our technician will also assess the accessibility of campus buildings for snakes, including doors, utility entry points and vents, plus potential habitats such as landscaping, wooded areas, even retention ponds. Since all snakes require specific habitat types and foods, our professionals can often tell which species are most common in a particular area.

For ongoing snake control, we offer two options: One is snake trapping in a particular area for a set amount of time. The type of trap and duration depends on your school’s unique circumstances.

The other option involves a combination of techniques – monthly trapping, reduction of food sources, manipulation or modification of the landscape to make the area less desirable and sometimes a snake repellent. This aggressive snake control service is unique to Trutech and has been perfected over years of testing and experience. This approach often yields the best results and is usually the best option to keep the campus as safe as possible from snakes. It is typically serviced on a monthly basis.

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