Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs):

 

  • Can I apply some insecticide or pesticide myself in my lab office?
  • How do I place a Pest Control Work Order?
  • What to do if I see a pest?
  • What to do if I suspect there is a pest?
  • What to do if I find a dead pest?
  • Is there a dead pest spill kit?
  • Who can clean up after the pest?
  • What to do if we need a repair to prevent pest access?
  • Why do we have to create a request for everything…?
  • How can I help in the reduction of pests?
  • What do we do about pest at MIT?
  • Who manages Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at MIT?

 

 

  • Can I apply some insecticide or pesticide myself in my lab office?
    • NO, to apply an insecticide or pesticide in the Institute you must a certified pest management professional (with a registration number and everything)

 

  • How do I place a Pest Control Work Order? (image of community member placing an atlas request)
    • It is simple, it is free, and anyone with a Kerberos can do this. 

 

  • What to do if I see a pest?
    • Place a Pest Control Work Order in Atlas to report the pest
    • State the location of the sighting in the sections labeled Additional Information or Special Instructions
    • Specificity is useful (i.e. building, room, details -corner of the lab between the wall and where the spectrophotometer sits)

 

  • What to do if I suspect there is a pest? (image of droppings and gnawed material)
    • Place a Pest Control Work Order in Atlas to report the concern
    • Be observant of pest signs like droppings and gnawed materials
    • State your observations in the sections labeled Additional Information or Special Instructions

 

  • What to do if I find a dead pest?
    • Cover it up immediately (if it is in a place where there is a lot of foot traffic, please consider cordoning it off) (image of cordoned off section pest CSI -humor?)
    • Place a Pest Control Work Order in Atlas
    • State there is a dead pest that needs to be picked up in the sections labeled Additional Information or Special Instructions
    • Please be clear about the location (leaving a note with a “dead pest here” is also helpful)

 

  • Is there a dead pest spill kit?
    • No, but that is a valid question.  It is better to rely on the pest management vendor to take care of the capture and removal of pests. (image of pest management vendor)

 

  • Who can clean up after the pest?
    • Anyone who has taken course 221cBL2 + training can clean up after a pest is removed.  The Dept of Facilities custodial team is also trained to manage minor biological cleaning.  Create a request for Cleaning in Atlas.  Articulate that the cleaning requested is due to pest presence or pest death, so appropriate disinfectants may be used

 

  • What to do if we need a repair to prevent pest access? (Photo of Alex making an IPM repair!)
    • Place a request for Repairs in Atlas
    • Articulate the type of repair needed and that the repair requested is due to pest presence (i.e. cover hole in the wall next to the drill press, mice are coming through it)

 

  • Why do we have to create a request for everything…?
    • The data generated by the request is tracked to manage how resources are allocated and improve services

 

  • How can I help in the reduction of pests?
    • Engaging in and promoting certain behaviors increases our chances of minimizing pests
      • Cleanliness:   
        • Keeping our work spaces free from food debris
        • Keeping our sinks and kitchens free from dirty dishes or open containers with food
        • Keeping our foods stored in hard plastic containers, glass, or metal when not consuming the food
      • Communication:
        • Ensuring our community knows and supports behaviors that minimize pest proliferation
        • Ensuring our community knows what actions to take when we encounter pest

 

  • What do we do about pest at MIT?
    • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the strategy by which the Institute manages pests. This management system is a contextual and environmentally conscious approach that leverages human habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices –human behavior, and pest behaviors- to target longitudinal prevention of pest in our buildings, residences and campus spaces

 

  • Who manages Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at MIT?
    • We all do!  IPM is a community based approach to pest prevention, and we all have a part in it: Custodial Services, Dining Services, Repair and Maintenance, Recycling Services, Housing, Athletics, Libraries, MIT Environment Health and Safety (MIT EHS), Facilities, the pest management vendor Environmental Health Services of Norwood MA (confusingly, also abbreviated EHS), and our MIT community members (image)