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October 16, 2008

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As temperatures continue to drop, we all will have to cope with more rodents seeking warm indoor places to nest and eat.

The university’s pest-management contractors have increased efforts to plug entry points, increase trapping, and reduce indoor foliage that serves as nesting grounds. Cleaning has also been stepped up.

But Apollonia Cifarelli, director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), says everyone at SFU has a role to play.

"Don’t place food remains in garbage containers at your desks, and don’t store food in desk drawers.

If you do store food, be sure it is in a tightly lidded and strong container. Rodents are adept at eating through plastic and aluminum-foil wrappings.

"Close windows where you spot rodents or droppings. Do not touch or work close to rodent remains."

EHS asks everyone to report sightings or evidence of droppings to Facilities Management: Burnaby 778.782.3582; Vancouver 778.782.5252; Surrey 778.782.7511.

After hours and on weekends, report to Campus Security: Burnaby 778.782.3100; Vancouver, 778.782.5029; Surrey 778.837.0873.
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