Frequently Asked Questions

Each year, students and faculty call Plant Services with questions. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions, with answers and useful links.

1. I need to have something in my building fixed. Can anyone submit a work request to Plant Services?

No. Only building monitors or their alternates can submit work requests in academic buildings. In residential areas, area coordinators, assistant area coordinators and resident assistants can submit work requests. See Work Request Policy for more information.

2. There are black and red bugs all over my building. What are they, and how do I get rid of them?

These are box elder bugs. They're a nuisance, but they are not dangerous; your best bet is to ignore them. Visit the Oregon Extension Service fact sheet for more information.

3. Eek! There are spiders in my house. Do something!

Plant Services is not licensed to spray the interiors of buildings. Outside perimeters are sprayed on a rotating schedule and are not likely to keep spiders out anyway. However, residents may purchase RAID on their own. There are also sticky traps available at Plant Services on request. If you do set up a sticky trap, sticky traps must be set up on level surfaces and away from fabric.

Fortunately, there are really only two kinds of dangerous spiders in Oregon; most are pretty harmless. For more information about Oregon spiders, visit these fact sheets:

  1. Oregon Department of Agriculture: Spiders in Oregon
  2. Oregon Extension Service: Hobo Spiders
4. There are ants everywhere in my house! What can I do?

Recipe for Dealing with Sugar Ants

  • 1 Part Sugar
  • 1 Part Boric Acid - (Available at our local dry goods store)
  • 1 Tablespoon Yeast

Make little piles of this mixture around areas of infestation. In about 2 weeks the nest should be gone.

5. How do I get a building key for my building, and how long will it take?

You will need to obtain a GFU Key Authorization form, either from your department secretary or from Plant Services. Indicate the building or room where you need access, and get a signature from your Department Head and Building Monitor. Sign the form and return it to Plant Services. It generally takes 2-3 days to cut a new key; we will notify you via email when it is ready. Be sure to bring photo ID with you to pick up your key from Plant Services.

6. What do I need to know about reserving and renting a van?

Twelve-passenger vans are available by reservation, only to George Fox University employees and students who plan to use them for a school function. Drivers must be members of George Fox, at least 21 years of age, and be on the University Approved Drivers list. To get onto the University Approved Drivers list, please take the online certification found here. Call Plant Services at ext. 2010 to reserve a university vehicle. Refer to Van Policy for more information.

7. Does Plant Services have any tools that I can borrow?

Power tools are not available for personal use. Basic hand tools and ladders are sometimes available; call the office to check availability. If available, tools would then be checked out from the Plant Services office.

8. Where can I find chemical information?

Chemical information is found on Safety Data Sheets, referred to as an SDS. Any chemical in use on the George Fox University campus should have a Safety Data Sheet on file. To locate a specific chemical used by Plant Services, use the search bar in the SDS Folder. (If you have not logged into Google Docs, it will prompt you for your username and password. Use the search bar at the top of the window to search for the desired product name or chemical.) For a more detailed explanation of the SDS, as well as a list of common office and cleaning supplies, follow this link.

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