Pest Control

    Georgetown University provides regular pest control throughout campus. Pest Control spraying and other treatments occur on a regular basis. Pest Control Services at Georgetown Main campus and Medical Center are provided by a professional contractor five days a week. (need to check w/ Law Center)

    Despite regular treatment, on occasion, some pests may be spotted in buildings or their surroundings. If you happen to encounter any insects or rodents, please report the incident through the Facilities Management online portal , call 202-687-3432 or visit the Facilities Management office (Harbin Hall B-24). 

    Tips to prevent pest problems

    1. Reduce food sources that pests are attracted to
      • Store food in hard containers with fitted lids
      • Take out trash regularly
      • Make sure trash is stored in a container with a tight fitted lid
      • Clean up spills immediately
    1. Make sure there is no water in places it shouldn’t be
      • Get leaks and drips fixed
      • Eliminate unnecessary sources of standing water
    2. Eliminate places for pests to hide
      • Get rid of clutter
      • Keep screens closed so pests cannot get in, and get broken screens fixed
    3. Communicate the problem before it gets worse
      • Talk with neighbors to see if pests have spread
      • Address pest issues as soon as they are noticed

      Common pests

      • Ants
        • Enter homes and buildings looking for food
        • Concerns: nuisance, carpenter ants can cause structural damage
        • Control: For small infestations, ant traps can be used. For larger
        • Infestations, pest control is needed
      • Bed bugs
        • Can enter homes and buildings through used furniture or clothing; hide during the day and feed at night
        • Concerns: Bed bugs do not cause disease, but can cause inflamed at itchy spots after bites
        • Control: Professional pest control is required for a bed bug infestation; infested furniture and clothing may need to be thrown out
      • Cockroaches
        • Prefer moist, warm, dark areas, usually near food sources
        • Concerns: Considered an allergen source and an asthma trigger in some people
        • Control: Cover floor drains with screens, store food in sealed containers, reduce clutter, pest control may be needed for long-term control
      • Flies
        • Can enter the house through open doors and unscreened windows
        • Concerns: Nuisance, potential to transmit disease
        • Control: Make sure possible entry points into the home or building are screened properly (no holes or tears); fly traps; remove garbage regularly
      • Lice
        • Can be transmitted by person-to-person contact or indirectly
        • Concerns: Irritation
        • Control: Use a specialized lice comb to remove lice; follow all instructions and make sure the comb is cleaned properly; recheck for lice every 3 days for at least two weeks; wash clothing and bedding properly
      • Mosquitos
        • Lay their eggs in standing water; female mosquitos feed on humans and other animals
        • Concerns: Can transmit disease
        • Control: Eliminate sources of standing water; use safe repellants, wear skin-covering clothing when appropriate
      • Termites
        • Feed on wood-based structures and fixtures
        • Concerns: Structural damage
        • Control: Requires professional pest control
      • Ticks
        • Attach to humans, usually after outdoor activities, but can move from person-to-person indoors
        • Concerns: Can transmit various diseases, including Lyme disease
        • Control: When doing outdoor activities where you might encounter ticks, wear skin-covering clothing and use bug spray that is rated for tick protection; always do a full-body check after doing any activity in which you might encounter ticks; see a doctor if you think you might be exhibiting symptoms of Lyme disease or other tickborne diseases


      • Rodents include mice and rats, which can spread diseases (hantavirus)
      • Rodents can enter homes and buildings through holes as small as the size of a pencil
      • Rodents are especially attracted to food storage areas and food waste, and will often nest in these areas
      • Most rodents are more active at night
      • Look out for droppings that are small and dark-colored as evidence of rodents; DO NOT sweep or vacuum the droppings
      • Concerns: rodents can cause structural damage and can chew through almost anything, including electrical wire; rodents can spread disease and trigger asthma attacks in some individuals
      • Tips for preventing rodents from entering homes and buildings: seal gaps around building foundations, pipes, and wiring; keep doors and windows closed or screened off; repair any broken or loose doors, windows and screens; remove trash and garbage regularly; reduce clutter inside and outside buildings; store food in tightly sealed containers


      • Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people. Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).
      • The hantavirus is carried by infected rodents, primarily deer mice in the southwest, cotton and rice rats in the south, and the white-footed mouse in the northeastern coastal area. Since 1995, 728 cases of HPS have been reported in the United States. The last time a Virginia resident reported with HPS was in 2004.
      • The risk of acquiring hantavirus is extremely rare, and the hantaviruses that cause human illness in the United States cannot be transmitted from one person to another; however, it is still important to take precautions to prevent exposure.
      • Preventing exposure: Use precautions when rodent droppings, nesting material, or other evidence of rodents has been found; never sweep, vacuum, or generate airborne dust where there is evidence
      • Get assistance: Contact Facilities Management for clean-up and control measures

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