Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management

In 2009, Senate Bill 634.700 required school districts to adopt an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management using comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interactions with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM programs take advantage of all pest management options possible including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.

Understanding pest needs is essential to implementing IPM effectively. Pests seek habitats that provide basic needs such as air, moisture, food, and shelter. Pest populations can be prevented or controlled by creating inhospitable environments, by removing some of the basic elements pests need to survive, or by simply blocking their access into buildings. Pests may also be managed by other methods such as traps, vacuums, or pesticides. An understanding of what pests need in order to survive is essential before action is taken.

The best way to manage pests is for staff to follow practices that eliminate moisture, food, and shelter for pests. Strategies should include the following:

  • Eliminate pest habitat by maintaining neat and orderly classrooms and/or workspaces.
  • Minimize the amount of food and candy stored in schools.
  • Minimize the number of areas that food is consumed in.
  • Utilize the kitchens and staff rooms.
  • Store necessary food items properly in sealed, airtight containers.
  • Eliminate pest-harboring material such as couches, bean bags, etc.
  • Purge items that are no longer necessary.
  • Report pest sightings to custodial staff immediately.
  • Do not apply pesticide on your own.
  • Support and take the time to understand the intent of the IPM plan.
  • Be part of the solution.

All applications pf pesticides must be coordinated with the District Manager of Facilities & Grounds. Only licensed applicators are allowed to administer a pesticide.

View our Integrated Pest Management Plan