Students com­plain about cock­roaches

Town­ship health in­spec­tor is look­ing into the sit­u­a­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Stein lstein@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @lstein­re­porter on Twit­ter

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.”

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