RARITAN TWP., NJ – The Hunterdon County Division of Public Health has asked the Flemington-Raritan School District to provide it with “weekly updates, detailing targeted areas and results until the small rodent population is eliminated.”
The request was included in a report from health specialist Daniel Wycoff, who inspected Robert Hunter School last week.
Problems with mice at Robert Hunter School have been widely documented. Wycoff asked the school district to “continue its effort to aggressively remove” the mice from the school. He suggested that the school’s pest control contractor be notified immediately when rodents are reported, rather than leave the matter to the district’s maintenance department.
Last week’s inspection was triggered by an anonymous complaint, the report states. Wycoff, accompanied by school officials, inspected the school’s main office, art supply storeroom, cafeteria dry storage area, faculty lounge, copier room, kindergarten storeroom, the PTO closet, room 166, internal courtyards and the custodian’s closet. The exterior of the building was also examined.
The report cites “marked progress” as the pest control contractor and school staff work ‘together to eliminate the mouse activity ... Aggressive steps have been taken to trap and remove mice” as well as following recommendations to eliminate food and water sources.
The report’s recommendations include having the school’s contractor – Alliance Commercial pest Control – increase inspections to biweekly visits. Some parts of the school, including the art supply storage room, the kindergarten storage room and the PTO storage area – should be better organized and unnecessary items removed, the report states. Plywood and metal shelves should be replaced with wire, open grate shelves.
Other recommendations include storing birdseed in covered, sturdy containers and removing the birdfeeders at the end of the school year.
The report notes that the “environment at Robert Hunter School is improving as the rodent population declines and the school is becoming safer.”