Students complain about cockroaches
Township health inspector is looking into the situation
Just in time for Halloween creepy, crawly cockroaches have been spotted in parts of Villanova University.
RADNOR >> Just in time for Halloween creepy, crawly cockroaches have been spotted in parts of Villanova University.
An article in the university’s newspaper said that students have reported the bugs in some of the residence halls and dining areas. There have also been reports of mice in The Holy Grounds, a coffee shop, the article said.
“The cockroaches come up from the sewer and settle in campus buildings, because they are attracted to food left out in the open and dampness,” The Villanovan reported. “These conditions can be easily met by a dorm building with untidy students and leaking pipes. The duration of these infestations can be traced back to the cockroach’s resilience.”
The Radnor Health officer, Larry Taltoan, is on the case.
Township Manager Robert Zienkowski said that Taltoan had spoken to the manager of dining services and found that all but one area affected were student living quarters. Taltoan was given invoices for extermination services of the dining areas.
“The one dining facility is a coffee outlet and it is my understanding from Larry that the building was treated and sealed to prevent rodent/insect infiltration from the outside,” said Zienkowski. Taltoan will be inspecting the facilities and
Zienkowski plans to accompany him.
Taltoan also “has reached out to the manager of environmental services to get something in writing from them (Villanova) on their plan of action to address the complaint in the other facilities,” Zienkowski said. “Once we get that back, which I am hoping Larry will have that today or no later than tomorrow, and he has a chance to review the material, we will then schedule a site visit.”
Meanwhile, university spokesman Jonathan Gust said, “The university has not seen an increase in pest reports this semester. We have had reports but Villanova is proactive as far as its pest management plan and is responsive to any report of cockroaches or other pests.”
“American cockroaches come from sewers,” he said. “While the population can be knocked down it can never be eradicated. The university has an integrated pest management plan that uses the least toxic method of pest control, although it does not rule out use of pesticides, if necessary. The university has a pest control contractor on campus three days a week and, in addition, dining services also has a pest management service.”
And if the pest management companies recommend repairs to screens or to holes that need to be plugged up, the university’s facilities management “follows up promptly,” Gust said.
Officials also “recommend to students and employees that food not be left out and trash emptied regularly,” said Gust. “Those are things that can minimize pest occurrences in residence halls.”