Natchez Day School Wishes for Donations for Termite Control Budget

The Natchez-based Pleasant Acre Day School is wishing for something a little different from usual this year: instead of toys or books for the children, it is seeking donations in aid of the structure where it operates being given a proper termite control treatment. The school’s director, Mary Ann Foggo-Eidt, reported that that the building was already suffering significantly from damage by the critters, even to the point of one wall’s paint having been eaten away.

This is not an isolated case. Dozens—even hundreds—of schools around the country are suffering from major damage because of the lack of funds for termite control. Termite control costs have not actually risen significantly in the past few years, but a tanking economy and a persistent recession have left schools even more pressed for funds than usual, with the result that institutions such as Pleasant Acre have to rely largely on fundraising events and donations to even begin to get up enough money for yearly maintenance.

Another problem compounding situations like this is that many educational institutions, when going to local termite prevention and extermination facilities in search of an answer to the problem, are often presented with only one option, devoid of cheaper alternatives. Granted, termite control is a fairly strict field in the sense that there are limited ways of dealing with termites: but even so, there are actually a fair number of versions for these ways now, with different treatments having different price tags. When consumers are offered only one option, they tend to fear that it is going to be an expensive one, and so end up steering clear of asking at all.

Public schools, in particular, have been suffering from the lack of termite control and maintenance budgets for a while now. As shown in a recent report, the number of public schools that had skipped what should be a mandatory termite inspection and maintenance check has been rising in the past years, leading to serious concerns about the safety of the nation’s children. Some people say it is not so serious, and that people live in termite-riddled structures without any accidents for a long time. However, the higher possibility of accidents is always there due to the termites’ presence or threat. Think about it: would you be willing to let your child study in a place where there is even the slightest possibility that either the floor or ceiling shall give out due to structural damage caused by termites?

Termite control just may be the thing that most schools are wishing for from Santa this year, given how bad the situation is in most areas. The problem now is whether the ho-ho-ho-ing harbinger of the holidays can fit that in a stocking.