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Pest Management Unit

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The function of the Pest Management section is to provide Michigan State University with safe and healthy pest free surroundings. To ensure that insect and/or animal carried pathogens do not effect the human environment, pests are kept to the lowest possible levels. A routine inspection is performed on all University buildings and grounds as well as agricultural areas, some satellite farms, and research stations throughout the state. The Pest Management section uses a Human Systems Pest Management approach for the benefit of the safety and public health of faculty, staff, students, and visitors of Michigan State University . Human systems pest management is the process that utilizes regular monitoring to determine if and when a treatment is needed. It employs physical, mechanical, cultural, chemical, and biological controls, as well as, sanitation surveys and educational programs to prevent pest populations from reaching any level of annoyance or damage. In consideration of public health, chemicals are not the first choice for solving a pest problem. When required, target-specific, low impact treatments are employed. Pesticide treatments are not made according to a predetermined schedule. They are made only when and where monitoring has indicated that the pest will cause a threat to public safety or result in unacceptable economic, medical or aesthetic damage. The human systems pest management approach results in an environmentally, socially, and economically efficient means to keep pests below an economic threshold level that meets current public expectations.

A constant working relationship is maintained between the Pest Management Unit and the Public Health sections within the University. This communication furthers the effectiveness of interrelated work in the areas of sanitation and public health, in addition to benefiting the MSU community through educational programs. A close association is sustained with University Housing, Academic, and Agriculture areas to provide quality, thorough pest management services. The Pest Management Unit complies with all applicable University, State, and Federal regulations.

Requests for pest management service between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday can be made by going to the EHS web site: Submit Pest Request


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