Keep Pests Out of Universities

Preventing pest infestations is an effective way for colleges and universities to take care of their students, staff, and facilities. The large numbers of people in and out of buildings, roaming between classes, and living on campus make these institutions hotspots for pests. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these nuisances are most likely to be found in the following areas:

  • Dorm rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Common areas, such as student centers and dining halls
  • Gyms and locker rooms
  • Building entrances and exits, especially those with nearby dumpsters

Bed Bugs

Residence halls are one of the most common places for bed bugs to be found. Students do not always clean up their messes or take out trash regularly, which welcomes bed bugs into their rooms. These vermin are easily spread when they hitch rides in bags or backpacks as students visit their friends down the hall and across campus. The time of year is a factor as well. In a survey, 66% of professionals agree that summer is the most popular season for bed bug treatment, which could be attributed to people packing up and traveling more often.

Did You Know? In 2011, 99% of pest professionals said they encountered a bed bug infestation within the last year.


roach-creepinCockroaches can quickly and easily cause infestations too. They will live anywhere that provides them with water and food, such as restrooms, locker rooms, cafeterias, classrooms, and residence halls. Not only are they frightening sight, they can aggravate asthma symptoms when they shed their skins, and spread up to 33 kinds of bacteria, such as including E. coliSalmonella, and parasitic worms. They acquire these germs from all the garbage, sewage, and decaying matter they walk through and share it when they shed skins and leave droppings.

Did You know? Cockroaches have been known to cause dining hall closures on campuses.


Rodents are just as comfortable settling anywhere, especially as winter approaches. As mice can fit into holes the size of a dime and rats can fit through spaces no larger than a quarter, both nuisances can easily sneak into any building that will keep them warm. Not only do rodents provide their share of bacteria, they can also bring in other pests, such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. In addition to the extra guests, mice and rats can cause expensive structural damage by chewing through wood, wires, and walls.


Did You Know? Chewed-up wires are fire hazards, and can put staff and students in danger.


Preventing a pest problem is better than having to eliminate one. Integrated pest management (IPM) focuses on inspections, monitoring, and actions that will make buildings less desirable places for pests. Avoiding these issues costs less over time than treating active problems at their worst. Plus, IPM practices save money in other ways too. The EPA provides an excellent example, “weatherization of buildings not only excludes pests but also saves energy and reduces moisture problems.” It is also great for the environment and the health of building occupants, as pesticides are only used as a last resort and therefore, are utilized less often.

Citron Hygiene Pest Control Exterminator Achieve Associate Certified Entomologist Status

AceAshfaq Ahmad of Citron HygienePest Control was recently certified as an Associate Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation. To achieve Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) status, a pest-control operator must have a minimum of seven years of verifiable pest management experience, the knowledge and ability to pass a rigorous test on insect pest control, a current pesticide applicators license, and a willingness to adhere to the ACE Code of Ethics.

“We’re very proud of the work Ashfaq Ahmad did and the knowledge he gained in order to become certified ACEs,” said Peter Farrell, President.  “It means a lot to have nationally-recognized, certified experts as part of the company.”

The ACE examination includes questions about basic entomology; insect identification, life cycles, and control measures; health impacts of pests; ecological principles pertaining to pest control; environmental impacts related to pest control; integrated pest management (IPM); pesticide safety and health issues; pesticide technology and resources; organizations and associations of significance to the pest control industry; and laws and regulations affecting the industry.

For more information about the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation, go to

About Citron Hygiene Pest Control

With over 20 years of experience, Citron Hygiene is a leading provider of washroom hygiene, pest control and life safety services. Through our comprehensive range of services and products we strive to enhance health and hygiene in the commercial facility environment. The design and delivery of our services and products reflects our deep understanding of commercial facilities, our focus on creating successful customers, and our respect for the environment.

Citron Hygiene Media Contact
Katy Baker
Manager, Marketing & Communications
145 Shields Court, Markham, ON, L3R 9T5
Tel : 905-946-1711 ext 26

3 Reasons to Consider a Professional Pest Control Provider for your Business


Bed bugs are an insect that doctors and Pest Control Professionals alike would consider to be non-threatening, as they don’t transmit diseases to humans. Yet, the moment someone posts a review online criticizing your business for having them, your facility’s pest management issues will go viral and potentially deteriorate your reputation. Imagine the public relations nightmare you would encounter if a more “visible” pest, like cockroaches or mice, were scurrying around the floors.

Why let this happen?

qualityProAt Citron Hygiene, we only hire the best. All Citron Hygiene Pest Management Professionals are fully licensed and Quality Pro Certified with years of experience in both residential and commercial sectors. Our pest control services follow well established Integrated Pest Management protocols which mean we don’t just treat a pest infestation; we identify the root cause of the problem and implement preventative measures to avoid future issues. Our experienced team can deal with a full range of pest issues and will provide you with the peace of mind that your issue will be resolved reliably and cost – effectively.


Cost Savings

Specific pests require targeted applications based on their habits. Therefore, hiring a company for a one-time treatment of your building’s issues isn’t the best way to solving your pest issues long term. Your business needs a Pest Prevention strategy to combat future problems.

Citron Hygiene pest control services follow LEED certification requirements and are based on well-established Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles.  By focusing on pest prevention and reducing the attractiveness of host buildings, Citron Hygiene is able to minimize the use of pesticides and avoid situations where remediation is necessary.

Our Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) are trained consultants who develop programs based on the specific dynamics of the facility in question.  Our PMPs follow a structured process to ensure we develop and maintain effective pest prevention programs, thus saving you money in the long run.

Brand Management

The Bed Bug registry compiles thousands of user-submitted reviews across Canada. Each comment demonstrates how pests drive customers to remove all trust from your business, potentially damaging the relationship. This registry is just one example, but any review site will do the same.

As a business, you should display the building’s ongoing pest management strategies. Utilizing a commercial service specializing in IPM will only benefit you, proving to your clientele that an all-encompassing approach to pest control exists.

Record Keeping

On an ongoing basis, Citron Hygiene PMPs evaluate the effectiveness of the program.  They communicate on a frequent and regular basis, escalate issues, report on activity and recommend program changes and enhancements if required. PMP’s inspect and monitor both the interior and exterior areas of the business to identify potential problem areas.


Don’t wait for an issue to arise and scare impending business away. Call Citron Hygiene Pest Control, 800.643.6922 for more information on preventing pest issues in your business.