Physical barriers are needed to prevent rodent infestation

Physical barriers are needed to prevent rodent infestation
October 10 13:47 2018 Print This Article

Lowcountry Source has learned that setting traps inside a building alone is not an effective measure to prevent rodent infestation. Setting up physical barriers to entry and exit is the only reliable method to solve the problem. Justin Ludy from Palmetto Wildlife Extractors said, “Rodents are creatures of habit. They follow the same route to enter and exit a building. Only by setting up exclusion barriers will you stop the infestation problem.”

A report conducted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released Wednesday revealed that there was rodent activity in the culinary arts dry storage area at Garrett Academy of Technology. Despite receiving a score of 94 out of 100, the school will receive a follow-up inspection Friday, October 19 and would have its rating downgraded if signs of rodent infestation remain.

Photos of rats in traps at Garrett began circulating on social media on Monday. Charleston County School District (CCSD) released a statement later that day that the pictures dated back to August 22. Lowcountry Source has learned that the photos were taken last week by a Garrett teacher. A pest control company has been hired by CCSD to set traps several times per week.

Garrett has a student body which is 92% black and 4.3% hispanic. School board member Kevin Hollinshead, who represents one of the three North Area seats where Garrett is located, said the infestation problem has been overlooked for years. He said, “This situation would never be tolerated in one of the Mt. Pleasant schools.”