Safety Policies and Procedures Manual

Pest Control

SPPM 6.30 | Revised 11-21 (See SPPM Revision 132)

For more information contact:
   Environmental Health and Safety
   509-335-3041
   Facilities Services
   509-335-9000
   Public Safety
   509-335-8548


Overview

When rodents, insects, or other pests, including birds or bats, infest or inhabit University locations, University departments are to implement the following pest control procedures.

Other wild and domesticated animals are covered under SPPM 6.28: Animal Control.

Pest Control

In Whitman County

University departments in Whitman County must contact the applicable office as specified in SPPM 6.30 Appendix 1: Pest Control Call List and Bat Response—Whitman County to request pest control services.

WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver, and WSU Everett

WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver, and WSU Everett departments must contact the campus Facilities or Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) departments for pest control services.

Obtaining Pest Control Specialist/Contractor Services

In Whitman County

WSU personnel in Whitman County must refer to the contact list and guidelines in Appendix 1 to request assistance from the appropriate pest control specialist or contractor.

Public and Common Area Spaces

Facilities Services and EH&S evaluate Whitman County areas. After evaluation, including possible consultation with an outside contractor, Facilities Services and EH&S determine if treatments are feasible and who would be financially responsible.

If treatments are determined to be feasible and effective, Facilities Services pays pest control contractor treatment charges for public access and common areas (e.g., classrooms, public restrooms).

Departmental Spaces

If treatments are determined to be feasible and effective, Facilities Services pays pest control contractor treatment charges for departmental areas in Whitman County where the department was not responsible or negligent for the infestation.

If personnel cause a pest problem in a departmental space, their department is responsible for paying for the pest control contractor. The responsible department is also responsible for treatment charges if the infestation spreads to other departments or areas.

WSU Pullman has contracts with local vendors for pest control. (See BPPM 70.19.) A departmental official with purchasing authority submits a supplier invoice to Payment Services following the Workday submission guidelines. (See the Invoice Submission to Payment Services Workday reference guide.)

Housing, Dining, and University Recreation Spaces

For pests in Housing, Dining, and University Recreation facilities in Whitman County, departments and/or personnel are to contact Auxiliary Facilities Services; telephone 509-335-1541.

EH&S

EH&S maintains a WSU Pest Control Program Document that describes roles and responsibilities regarding pest control in Whitman County. EH&S also maintains a call list to help coordinate WSU departments, local agencies, and contractors who provide pest control services. To access the program document, contact EH&S. To view the call list, see SPPM 6.30 Appendix 1.

Outside of Whitman County

Departments and/or personnel at University locations outside of Whitman County are to contact the campus or station facilities department to request pest control. The campus or station facilities department dispatches the appropriate contractor or personnel to provide assistance.

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane Facilities pays pest control contractor investigation and treatment charges related to control of pests in all WSU Spokane public access, common, and departmental spaces.

Note: WSU Spokane departments are responsible for paying for pest control contractor investigation and treatment charges if the departments, deliberately or by negligence, cause the pest problems.

WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities Facilities pays pest control contractor investigation and treatment charges related to control of pests in all WSU Tri-Cities public access, common, and departmental spaces.

Note: WSU Tri-Cities departments are responsible for paying for pest control contractor investigation and treatment charges if the departments or department staff, deliberately, repeatedly, or by negligence, cause the pest problems.

WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver Facilities Services pays required pest control contractor investigation and treatment charges related to control of pests in all WSU Vancouver public access, common, and departmental spaces. Contact WSUV Facilities Services for assistance; telephone 360-546-9706 or 360-546-9000.

WSU Everett

WSU Everett Facilities provides pest control investigation and treatment related to control of pests in all WSU Everett public access, common, and departmental spaces.

Birds or Bats in Building

For birds or bats in buildings, departments must contact the campus public safety office. The campus public safety office contacts campus EH&S, Facilities, and other applicable departments to assist with removal.

Exceptions:

  • For bats in buildings in Whitman County, departments must follow the bat response contact procedures in Appendix 1.   
  • For bats or birds in buildings at WSU Spokane, departments should contact Facilities; telephone 509-358-7994. Departments may contact Campus Safety and Security after hours; telephone 509-358-7995 (or dial #40 from campus telephones).

See also SPPM 6.35.

Appendix 1: Pest Control Call List–Whitman County

Note:: Housing and Dining Services units call 509-335-1541 for all wild or domesticated animals.

Table 1: Pest Control Call List for WSU Facilities in Whitman County
Pest Inside Building
Business Hours
Inside Building
Non-Business Hours
Outside Building
Business Hours
Outside Building
Non-Business Hours

Ants

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

Bats

Refer to response procedures below

Refer to response procedures below

Refer to response procedures below

Refer to response procedures below

Bedbugs

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

N/A

N/A

Bees / Wasps

EH&S 509-335-3041

Facilities Services
Maintenance Staff
509-335-9000

Public Safety
509-335-8548

EH&S
509-335-3041

EH&S
509-335-3041

Grounds
509-335-9000

Entomology
(Honeybees)
509-335-5422

Facilities Services
Maintenance Staff
509-335-9000

Public Safety
509-335-8548

EH&S
509-335-3041

Birds (alive)

1. Public Safety
509-335-8548

2. EH&S
509-335-3041

Public Safety 509-335-8548

EH&S 509-335-3041

Public Safety 509-335-8548

Bird droppings

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

Birds (dead)

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

Cockroaches

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

N/A

N/A

Fleas

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

N/A

N/A

Flies

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

N/A

N/A

Mice / Rats

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

Miscellaneous bugs

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

Silverfish

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

N/A

N/A

Spiders

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

Termites

EH&S 509-335-3041

EH&S 509-335-3041
(leave message)

N/A

N/A

WSU Bat Response Roles and Responsibilities in Whitman County

Rabies is the main concern with bats. A rabies exposure includes bites, scratches, and fresh wounds or mucous membranes contaminated with the bat’s saliva or neural tissue. Touching animal fur, blood, urine, or feces is not a rabies exposure. In addition, exposure must be assumed when a bat is found in a room with a person who cannot say that exposure did not occur (e.g., sleeping person, unattended infant or child, intoxicated adult, etc.). Bat bites may not leave visible marks. For more detailed recommendations for bats, and assessing exposure, refer to the Washington Department of Health (DOH) Rabies website.

Facilities Services

During business hours Facilities Services contacts Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and provides the reporting party’s contact information. During non-business hours Facilities Services contact an EH&S employee on the emergency call list and provide the reporting party’s contact information.

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

EH&S contacts the reporting party to determine exact location of the bat and helps determine if a suspected bat exposure occurred. (Note: Bites, scratches, and fresh wounds or mucous membranes contaminated with the bat’s saliva or neural tissue are considered types of exposure. Touching of fur, blood, urine, or feces is not an exposure.) If a suspected exposure occurs, immediately contact the Whitman County Health Department (WCHD); telephone 509-397-6280. If WCHD is unavailable, contact the Washington State Department of Health; telephone 877-539-4344.

EH&S then contacts the appropriate personnel and/or WSU departments. as noted below, to secure the area, capture, remove and release, or humanely destroy bats as necessary. 

  • Instructional laboratory Supervisor
    School of Biological Sciences
    509-335-3516 (business hours)
    509-432-5021 (nonbusiness hours)   
  • Pullman Animal Control
    509-332-2521   
  • Campus Veterinarian
    509-335-6246
    509-330-1871   
  • EH&S
    509-335-3041   
  • Public Safety
    509-335-8548
    (secure area/open windows)
Public Safety

Public Safety only secures the area to prevent potential rabies exposures, and/or opens windows/doors to allow the bat to leave on its own.

Officers must not physically remove the bat or come in contact with the bat unless they have had rabies vaccinations, and wear gloves or use other methods without direct hand contact with the bat.

Campus Veterinarian

The Campus Veterinarian works with the WSU department to capture, remove, and release, or humanely destroy bats as appropriate.

Instructional Laboratory Supervisor, School of Biological Sciences

The Instructional Laboratory Supervisor, School of Biological Sciences works with the WSU department to capture, remove, and release, or humanely destroy bats as appropriate.

Disposal of Bats and Cleanup

If possible, save the dead bat for the Instructional Laboratory Supervisor’s research. Otherwise, dead bats must be disposed of as biohazard waste (contact WSU Waste Management at 509-335-4530) unless rabies is suspected. If rabies is suspected, contact the Whitman County Health Department or WA State Department of Health for more information.

Occasionally bats release guano (feces) when captured. If so, refer to the EH&S Bird and Bat Waste fact sheet for cleanup instructions.