Pest control

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Pests - the non-human variety.

If you would like to help out, please join our new mailing list, rodents@lists.omnicommons.org:

https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/rodents

Reported Sightings

Please email rodents@lists.omnicommons.org with any rodent or other pest sightings. A picture of the area would be most appreciated, especially if you noticed where they seem to be coming in/out of the building or room.

Space stewards

We need YOUR help! We would like to have someone assigned to each area in the Omni, to help patrol, empty, and reset traps, search for entrance holes, and keep an eye out for left out food or leftovers. If you can help and be a steward for your area, please email us at rodents@lists.omnicommons.org.

The following areas already have a steward (highlighted in green). Please consider volunteering for any of the spaces that currently do not have a steward listed yet, especially the ones highlighted in red. Refer to the Omni Commons Floorplan if you are not sure what these areas refer to and the red Xs on the maps indicate trap locations:

  • Basement:
    • Food Not Bombs Kitchen & Pantries:
      Steward needed!!
    • Basement Hall:
      Steward needed!
    • Material Print Machine:
    • Phat Beets room:
    • Basement Library:
      Robb
    • Crawl Spaces:
      Steward needed!!
  • Ground Floor
    • Trash Room:
      Steward needed!!
    • Walk-in Freezer + room in front:
      Steward needed!!
    • Utility Room:
    • Counter Culture Labs:
      Patrik D. + Ken C
    • Sudo Room:
      Robb + Patrik
    • A/V equipment room
    • Entrance Hall / Cafe area
    • Ballroom
    • Ticket Booth Room
    • Kids' Room + Blue class room
  • Upper Level
    • Disco Room
    • Kitchen + Counter Area
      Steward needed!!
      Diane?
    • Upstairs Den + Public Terminals
      Diane?
    • Timeless Infinite Light Office
    • Treatment Room
    • Ballroom mezzanine, Library & Restroom


Rodents

We currently have two electronic mouse traps, and one electronic rat trap (post here if you know of any more!)

  • Mouse trap #1:
Current location: trash room; against the wall directly to the left as you enter the room
  • Mouse trap #2:
Current location: upstairs fridge area, underneath the wooden rack of shelves against the wall, to the left of the fridges
  • Rat Trap:
Currently under repairs (Robb had it last). LED did not light up when flipping power switch, even after putting in fresh batteries.

There are also large snap traps deployed throughout the building. Here is a video that shows a great way to bait the traps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6surVql9hHk

Flies

The best way to keep flies under control is not to let let any food sit out to rot, and keep a tight fitting lid on any composting waste containers.

Fly catcher ribbons are cheap, non-toxic, and reasonably effective. We may also want to invest in some fluorescent fly lights for the trash room and Fermentation Station in CCL.

Ants

How to Get Rid of Ants - tons of good home remedies!