Archive for Monday, November 26, 2012

More roaches found at Lawrence schools during inspections

November 26, 2012


Roach problems continue in the kitchens of Lawrence Public Schools, according to recent inspection reports from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

In September, inspectors found roaches at Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana Street. They returned in October, and found a roach and an roach egg sack behind a freezer.

Inspectors also found several live roaches at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive, during an Oct. 5 inspection. When inspectors returned to the school Nov. 6, they found even more roaches, as well as “20 to 30 dead roaches.”

Both schools received a noncompliance notice during the inspections, which is a preliminary step in the inspection process that does not initially carry fines or call for immediate closure.

Lawrence High had also received such a notice during following the September inspection.

Lawrence Public School spokeswoman Julie Boyle said the district is taking measures to address the problem. Those include keeping logs to identify where pests are entering buildings, checking pest traps daily, and using food-safe sprays three times per week. Boyle said the school district is also preparing a proposal request for new pest control services.

In the past two years, only one other Lawrence public school, West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Road, has received such a notice, in 2010.

Restaurants are inspected at least once each year, and school cafeterias twice annually, but inspectors make return visits to those with numerous critical violations and noncompliance notices.

Critical violations are not unusual in restaurants across the state. For instance, in 2012 so far, 326 Lawrence restaurants and school cafeterias have been inspected, resulting in 927 such violations.

To see a full listing of all Lawrence inspections in 2012, visit


volunteer 4 years, 10 months ago

It is about time the district change pest control companies!

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 10 months ago

They found more roaches at Lawrence schools?

They should use roachclips or pipes, and not be so wasteful.

Briseis 4 years, 10 months ago

I heard that keeping areas clean would help. Why are places with children allowed to get filthy? Is it because the employees do not care? Roach infestation is not healthy for children.

DoUntoOthers 4 years, 10 months ago

The roaches were at West Middle School two years ago and are now at both high schools. Don't the West kids go to both high schools? Instead of Typhoid Mary maybe we need to look for several Roach Ralphs.

Joe Hyde 4 years, 10 months ago

Routine spraying for roaches and various other indoor pests is an outdated control method. It is expensive, ineffective and very often counter-productive, the reason being that spraying contact and residual poisons as a first response attacks only the symptom while leaving the fundamental cause of the problem(s) unknown and therefore uncorrected.

If pest problems in our school cafeterias are of a chronic and ongoing nature, changing pest control companies will solve nothing. Changing pest control methods is the only way the problems can be corrected. Contracting with a company whose technicians are skilled in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the way to go.

The IPM method is a discipline that achieves great success using non-toxic methods such as: physically sealing structural access points and interior harboring areas (cracks and crevices); altering janitorial and housekeeping practices to deny food and water to pests during overnight hours; using baits and traps in appropriate areas; instituting an inspection program involving monitor traps; focusing treatment only in areas where complaints have originated.

Any pest control company that recommends a program of routine spraying is to be rejected. Such old-style companies only want to put their clients on an expensive, never-ending treadmill of regular chemical applications. The "beer gut Bubba with a pump can" method is the lazy, scientifically ignorant face of pest control.

IPM companies, on the other hand, use technicians who've been trained to identify the specific pest species. These technicians will inspect the environment in which the pest is causing a problem, then execute or recommend measures that systematically remove critical resources the pest needs. This approach is lethal because it is a cooperative action in which the technician and client have identified the root cause of the problem and have solved it long-term without using poisons that threaten the health of children and school employees.

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