Children need protection. A safe and secure environment is necessary for a child to grow in life and learning. Child care centre pest control services must be carefully managed to prevent injury, disease and property damage.
An effective child care centre pest control management plan minimises disruption to learning and physical activities. It also prevents the spread of pests from the centre into the community and family homes.
That’s why an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution is essential. It takes into account human behaviour, building and grounds, indoor and outdoor play areas; including sandpits, gardens and pets. At Suburban Pest Management, we provide 100% support for IPMs.
Our approach to pest management for child care centres is all-encompassing. We’ve been servicing child care centres in Queensland for over 20 years. During that time, we’ve gathered data about the type of pests daycare centres want to target.
We’ve even introduced an online customer portal. It gives our child care centres access to their historical jobs. You can review this data along with data from our electronic pest monitoring stations to identify a centre's hot spots and target unwanted creepy crawlies.
Suburban Pest Management offers the best long term solution for child care centre pest control services. We use the safest methods while still achieving results. If you need help developing your pest management plan for your centre, just ask our qualified technicians.
Managing pest control in a child care centre requires prompt attention. Cockroaches, for example, can cause asthma attacks, and more children are becoming prone to asthma every year. So, even if you see one cockroach, it’s possible there are more hidden out of sight.
Under Quality Area 2 of the National Quality Framework for child care and early learning, children’s health and safety are paramount. Child care centres must minimise risks, protect children from harm, injury and infection.
At Suburban Pest Management, we can help you achieve this goal with quality pest control services. We don’t just react to a problem, we take a proactive approach to reduce risks before they become a problem. We can help you provide a safe and secure child care centre environment with:
- Integrated pest management
- Pest and vermin control
- A safe and healthy child care setting
- Best practice pest control policies and procedures
- Eliminating potential hazards in childcare.
What is Integrated Pest Management
An integrated pest management plan is a long-term pest suppression strategy with the environment in mind. It combines minimum pesticides with pest behavioural data to reduce risk to people, property and the environment by the most efficient means.
Daycare and early learning centres are responsible for choosing the least hazardous chemical control options. Children have much closer contact with floors and walls than adults. Our job is to know chemicals, and we only apply environmentally safe gel baits, sprays and aerosols.
Additionally, our child care centre pest control service monitors and predicts pest problems. Following a thorough pest inspection, we also provide a comprehensive report with recommendations for physical and behavioural pest solutions.
As part of our approach to integrated pest management, we work with you to:
- Identify the safest and most economical methods for pest and vermin control
- Organise regular inspections to audit and review pest control methods
- Observe pest behaviour and levels with electronic monitoring stations
- Establish pest levels of tolerance
- Assist with record keeping
- Evaluate the effectiveness of your IPM plan.
Pest and Vermin Control in Child Care Centres
With twenty years of experience servicing child care centres in South-East Queensland, we’ve collected comprehensive information on pests and vermin control. The pests most likely to terrorise daycare and early learning centres are cockroaches, spiders, rodents, flies and ants.
Cockroaches carry diseases. Their hairy legs touch everything spreading diseases and causing diarrhea, allergic reactions, and asthma. That’s some serious stuff. They often live in groups and during the day will hide in boxes, cracks, electronic devices, drains and sewers.
Spiders jump and bite. While they have an essential role in providing pest control, some spiders inject toxins that can be fatal if left untreated. Their fangs also have a painful sting which can cause local swelling. Have you seen any webs or long legs in the corners of your rooms?
Rodents destroy property, carry and spread diseases. While mice and rats can look kind of cute, their attractive qualities are skin deep. Brisbane has two types of pest rats, the Norway rat and the smaller grey or black, climbing roof rat. And rats like to hang around child care centres.
Flies have been tormenting Australians for years. While it’s an Aussie custom to learn the salute at an early age, we really want to avoid having any contact with the common house fly. They visit places like rubbish tips and sewerage works, and they also like to drink our sweat.
Ants bite while others sting. And they bite multiple times. They also like to carry away our food. There are thousands of different ant varieties with the black ants the most common. They may seem harmless, but a severe ant infestation can cause property damage.
Termites can also be an issue in child care centres. It all depends on the building design, use of chemical barriers and baiting stations, and whether the centre has regular pest and termite inspections.
Using Chemicals in a Safe and Healthy Child Care Setting
As part of an IPM, we use pesticide chemicals to destroy, repel or hinder the growth and life cycles of pests and vermin. Do you know what chemicals you can use in a safe and healthy child care setting?
The products we use for child care centre pest control services require no PPE or personal protective equipment. They're safe for children, educators and our technicians with no known reactions when used correctly.
None of the products we use has strong odours. You can spray them on glass windows, and they dry clear. So, there are no worries with staining or stinky after effects.
If your centre requires the use of pesticides, we come in after hours to apply the treatment, after all the children have left. Suburban provides you with instructions on how to prepare and what to do afterwards. This includes information about the chemicals we've used.
Best Practice Pest Control Policies and Procedures for Child Care Centres
Suburban uses comprehensive inspection methods, treatments and rechecks to keep your centre pest and vermin free. We only employ best practices in pest control policies and procedures.
When asked for a quote, we’ll provide you with a rough assessment for free.
A pest inspection service for child care centres provides you with a thorough assessment. The report lists problem areas with recommendations for pest control and compares the effectiveness of different treatment options. It also considers non-chemical options too.
When we investigate, we look at the conditions that attract and harbour pests, and we recommend changes. This includes changes to cleaning practices, pest proofing buildings and alternative methods of pest control.
On arrival, we provide the centre with an onsite folder. It’s a record book that logs our visit and what we do on site. It also contains information on monthly or quarterly treatments and a rundown of pest sightings. We encourage centre staff to log any sightings in the folder.
Also included in the folder is an on-site service report. It lists the types of pests we’re treating, such as cockroaches or spiders, and contains a chemical log sheet. As well, the folder includes a certificate of currency from our insurance provider.
After we’ve made our assessment, we’ll decide what chemicals to use. We provide Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or copies of product labels on request.
In addition to the service folder, Suburban also uses ServiceM8, an online customer portal for scheduling and reporting. As our child care centre client, you’ll get secure access to photos, reports and historical data.
All our service technicians carry Queensland pest management technician licenses, working with children checks - Blue cards and have also completed a National Police Check.
HACCP (FOOD SAFETY) AND ISO9001 Certified
We have a HACCP (FOOD SAFETY) system in place and have met the requirements for provision of pest control management services for food processing, manufacturing, and food handling facilities. For childcare centres, this means that we have the systems in place for pest control services in food preparation areas.
We are also ISO9001 certified as we have the systems in place for pest management including residential services, commercial services, termite management and pre-construction.
Eliminating Potential Hazards in Child Care
As part of our commitment to integrated pest management, we work closely with daycare and early learning centres to eliminate potential hazards in child care environments. Don’t have an IPM? That’s okay, we can also help you create one.
As part of our pest control services, we’ll discuss with you the type of pests and vermin you want to target. As well, Suburban works with you to address your safety-related concerns including the use of chemicals and other treatments. Communication is a big part of our service.
You may still see pests for a short period after treatment. We’ll advise you on how you can take action to reduce pests and eliminate potential hazards, especially those relevant to food preparation areas and waste management.
As part of our all-encompassing IPM services, we also provide electronic pest monitoring stations for rodents and termites. These make use of QR codes and GPS coordinates to record the details of any events. Over time we can see and target the pest control hot spots.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what our customers have to say:
Get The Safest Child Care Centre Pest Control Services
The NQS has identified children’s health and safety as paramount. As your commercial pest controller, we take the NQS seriously. Suburban Pest’s child care pest control services work with you to help you exceed the National Quality Standard.
It’s crucial that daycare and early learning centres minimise hazards to protect children. We use safe, reliable treatments. As well, we provide you with comprehensive advice on physical and behavioural pest solutions.
We put children’s safety first. Call Suburban Pest Management for the safest child care centre pest control services in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.