Clean schools, is an initiative of LeaPro Group Limited aimed at ridding schools of all pests
promoting a clean and safe learning environment. LeaPro wants to ensure that our children are safe from
diseases within the nation’s learning halls. We have a strong belief in the future of our nation and so it is
our duty to create an environment where learning is free from diseases and disruptions.
This initiative was created because of the large number of schools that have serious termite, rodent,
roach and mosquitoe issues. These creatures are known vectors for some of the world’s most deadly
diseases, such as Leptospirosis, Dengue Fever, Chik V, Zik V, Malaria and the Bubonic Plague, just to name a few.

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What are termites?

Termites are small (measuring between 4 to 15 millimeters (0.16
to 0.59 in) in length) ant-like insects that eat solid material high in
cellulose their only source of energy for termites. There are
several species of termites in Jamaica, however, the three most
destructive species are Heterotermes (Subterranean Termites),
Cryptotermes (Drywood Termites/Chi Chi) and Nasutitermes
(Dampwood Termites/Duck Ants). These creatures can live in any
wooden structure such as furniture, roof structures, wooden
furnishings and trees as well as underground and can have devastating effects on their constitutions.

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Things termites eat in schools.

Wooden Beams and Columns – These structures maintain the
structural nintegrity of buildings. When these structures are weakened,
any stress applied to it will result in a collapse of the structure causing
injury or worst.

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Students’ files – Most paper is made from cellulose or tree material
which termites find irresistible. Therefore, they will pass through crevices in
the file cabinets to get to their feast, hence, destroying records.

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 Books and teaching aids – are also vulnerable to the termite scourge. All
teaching aids made from cardboard and cartridge paper are susceptible to
termites which can amount to several thousands of dollars of lost material,
which will need to be replaced.

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Furniture, Chalkboards and Class Partitions – made from wood are also
susceptible to termites if the boards used to make them are not treated before use.

All of these points outlined above are real issues faced by school administrations that have termite
infestations. However, all of these issues can be avoided with proper pest control methods and
responsible administrations.