Residential Services

3.19 Pests & Notification of Pesticide Use

To minimize pests in the residences, please keep all food in sealed containers (e.g. Rubbermaid or cookie tins), keep beverages closed, and take empty cans and bottles to the recycling area. If there are bugs in your room/suite/apartment, submit a maintenance request to have the area assessed and treated. Notices from Facilities Management (maintenance) will be posted 24 hours in advance of any treatments.

Field mice, or voles, are native to the Willamette Valley and are typically seen in the late summer and early fall or early spring. If you have mice in your room/residence, contact your Residence Life staff member immediately for traps and submit a work order for a Facilities staff member to set traps in your residence (and your room/suite/apartment if you prefer not to set them yourself). Keep your room/apartment “nest free.” Mice like piles of clothes (clean or dirty). If the first sign of mice is ignored, they will multiply quickly.

These steps are followed by Facilities staff when mice are reported in more than one room:

  • Facilities Management posts the residence to notify students that snap traps will be delivered to each room. Traps are placed out of sight (under desks or beds usually since mice typically travel along the walls).
  • When a mouse is trapped, call 503-370-6003 from a campus phone, (M-F, 7:30-4:00) to request to have the mouse disposed of. After hours and on weekends, call Campus Safety (503-370- 6911). Campus Safety will then contact an after hours/weekend staff member to pick up the mouse and bring another snap trap.
  • If a student elects to dispose of a mouse on their own, they should use rubber gloves (available from your Residence Life staff member).
  • Bait stations are located outside of campus buildings and are regularly monitored. Do not put out poison in your room/apartment. Mice will crawl into the walls and die, creating other problems (including noxious odors!).
  • During semester break, Facilities staff members put traps in all affected areas (student rooms, bathrooms, hallways and common areas) and check them regularly.