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Pest Control on Campus

Safety Office


Insect and rodent infestations are best prevented through effective control of food sources through proper storage, waste handling, good housekeeping, and building maintenance practices. Non-chemical methods are used on campus as much as possible; however, despite best efforts, infestations will sometimes occur, and the use of pesticides may be necessary. If infestations are not controlled either through good practice or chemical methods, health risks may become an issue. The volume of pesticide products used and stored at the University is limited and only used when high infestation occurs. In addition, safe work procedures for the use and handling of chemical pesticides where these are applied are in place, along with training and licencing for anyone who may be required to apply these pesticides.

The Safety Office, in collaboration with Campus Sustainability and Physical Plant, will continue to investigate alternatives to controlling pest infestations using non-toxic chemicals, where available. 

The University of Winnipeg as part of the regulation requirements is sending notice to the campus community of intent to use pesticides on campus.  Concerned individuals have 15 days from the date of the notice (April 18, 2017) to send written submissions to MB Conservation regarding any concerns they may have.

Pesticide Use Notification

Public Notice is hereby given, that the University of Winnipeg intends to conduct the following Pesticide Control Programs from March 31, 2017 to December 31, 2017, as may be required. 


Pesticide

Chemical Name

Target Species

Application Method

Konk 400

Propoxur

Piperonyl Butoxide

Insects

Aerosol spray can

Konk 409

Pyrethrine

Dicarboximide

N-octyl bicycloheptene

Flying Insects

Aerosol spray can

Dragnet FT Emulsifiable Concentrate

Permethrin

Insects

Tank Mixed with water. Pump sprayed into crack and crevices
Masterline Lambdacey Lambda - Cyhalothrin

Insects

Tank Mixed with water. Pump sprayed into crack and crevices

PRO  Ant and Roach Pyrodust

Pyrethrins Piperonyl Butoxide

Insects

Dust

ON GUARD PD 5

Pyrethrins Piperonyl Butoxide

Insects

Pressurized Spray

Contrac Blox

Bromadiolone

Mice

Bait Blocks

Final Blox Brodifacoum Mice Bait Blocks
Generations Mini Blocks Difethialone Mice Bait Blocks
Avitrol 4-Aminiopyridine Feral Pigeon Mixed with corn

The following is additional information regarding the University's safety procedures on pesticides application so that employees fully understand why the University requires a control program, and the extra measures that are taken to ensure that the application of pesticides is conducted in a safe and responsible manner, particularly in offices, resident areas and day care.

Pesticides may be applied in areas of concern where there is an infestation or possibility of advancing to infestation and which pose a potential risk to health due to the following: 

- Rodents may carry Hantavirus and people may become infected through contact with Hantavirus infected rodents or their urine and droppings.

- Insect sting or bite may result in a potentially lethal reaction for those who are allergic to the insect's venom

Process for Using Pesticides/Insecticides

The Safety Office will be informed of usage of pesticides and monitored for their use on a monthly basis. 

Offices and Resident areas: 

When using insecticide, Physical Plant staff will follow the procedures below to minimize exposure potential in office and resident areas:

1. Insecticides will never be used in the concerned areas without prior notice to the occupants.

2. Insecticides will be applied only when the occupants are not in the area, and occupants will not be allowed to re-enter the area until at least four hours have elapsed.

3. A notice will be placed on the door indicating that the area is closed and off limits and a time specified.

4. Tape will be placed over the door lock as a reminder to occupant(s) not to enter the area.

'Final Blox' or 'Contrac Blox' are used to control rodents on campus.  These blocks are placed in 'Protecta' (RTU) tamper proof containers.  These containers will be monitored until the problem has been appropriately controlled.

Daycare:

Procedure for applying the insecticide 'Konk 400' in Daycare will be conducted on Friday evenings only so that the children will not be present when it is applied, and will be allowed to off-gas for at least two days before normal occupancy resumes.

The University's Health & Safety Office will ensure that any pesticides are used correctly and safely according to procedure. 

Concerned individuals may send written submissions or objections within 15 days of the publication of the notice to the department below.  

Manitoba Conservation
Pesticide / Fertilizer Section
Suite 160, 123 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1A5