The Catholic University of America

CUA uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach that focuses on the long-term prevention of pests. IPM looks at environmental factors that affect the pest and its ability to thrive. This practice allows us to work together to create conditions that are unfavorable to the pest.

Residents are encouraged to: 

  • Make sure all food is stored in plastic, metal, or glass containers or similar type of resealable, airtight container.
  • Wash any dishes before going to bed each night.
  • Place garbage in tightly covered trash cans. Place the trash in the trash room on a daily basis.
  • Keep your room clean. Vacuum or sweep behind and underneath the furniture.
  • Recycle newspapers, containers, and cardboard rather than letting it pile up.
  • Report to the Facilities Service Center any leaking plumbing, dripping faucets, or other areas that will give pests access to water.
  • Report any holes around pipes, radiators, vents in the walls, in window screens, or missing window screens, which could be giving mice access to your space.
  • Keep clothing and linens in dressers, closets, or sealed plastic boxes or bags when not in use.
  • Keep floors and areas around walls free of clutter.
  • Keep exterior doors to residence halls closed.

Please report any pest-related and/or maintenance issues to the Facilities Service Center by submitting an online service request at or calling (202)319-5121.