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CDC ensures rodent control at facility

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- With the appearance of rodents in the facility due to the recent high levels of rain, the Child Development Center is making every effort to ensure child safety.

"The staff is performing additional sanitizing of rooms, toys and materials. Traps are being set after all children have left the building at the end of each day. The traps are checked and removed early in the morning before children arrive," said Mary Barkley, Airman and Family Services Flight chief.

On Aug. 1, the contracted pest-control company completed an assessment and determined there is no cause for concern within the CDC. The contractor noted that as the temperatures drop, the rodents will look for other places to go.

According to Jessica Parks, CDC Director, the staff will continue to set traps during the hours children are not in the building and emphasize cleanup procedures before opening and closing each day. "With everybody chipping in, we should be able to prevent more mice from entering the facility," Parks said.

The CDC is also working with the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron to replace door-bristle sweeps with solid rubber door sweeps, fill in the cracks in the grout that are on the outside of the building and close any gaps in the doorframes.

"These efforts will reduce the rodents' access to the center," Barkley said. "Work orders have already been submitted to complete the contractor's recommendations during the next couple months."

For more information regarding the CDC's rodent control program, call Parks at 567-4742.
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