Healthy Colorado Schools
Colorado Coalition for School IPM
July 29, 2015
8 am – 12 noon
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
1500 E. 128th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80241-2602
• Ants and how to bait — Matthew Camper, Colorado State University
• Pigeon exclusion — Enviropest
• Zoonoses update — Leah Colton, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
• Cockroach control methods — Matthew Camper, CSU
• Calculating costs for IPM — Deborah Young, CSU
• Update on Colorado laws and regulations
Please RSVP to Deb Young (970-491-1377) or Kevin Delohery (720-972-4266)
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR DUMPSTERS ARE?
One of the most common ants around schools are pavement ants; these ants respond to baiting. Place baits near trails and other locations where ants are likely to encounter them. Place baits outdoors; avoid indoor baiting as that may attract more ants into the building. Place in protected areas inaccessible to children and pets. Offer small portions of each bait to see which one is preferred before employing an extensive baiting program. Follow up regularly to make sure bait is working and place fresh bait as necessary.
Field ant on honey
Use multiple strategies to control ants. Ant entry can be reduced by caulking around door thresholds, windows, and openings where utility pipes and wires enter buildings. Keeping all food in airtight containers will help eliminate food sources for ants.
FILL THOSE GAPS
Caulking closes up the cracks and gaps that allow air and water and pests to infiltrate your school. Caulk/seal along baseboards, floor and wall joints, window and door moldings, pipes, vents and plumbing, edges of electrical outlet covers, and radiator covers. Caulk smaller openings using elastomeric silicone sealant.Talk to your maintenance department about the right kind of caulk to use — it makes a difference.
Phorid or humpbacked flies are found wherever moisture exists around plumbing and drains in bathroom and kitchen areas, garbage containers, garbage disposals, crawl space areas, wall voids, or basements where plumbing leaks provide wet areas supporting mold or fungal growth. Occasionally, drainpipes will break under slab floors, and phorid flies can breed in immense numbers in the organic debris deposited through the break in the pipe. Check areas where any fruits or vegetables are stored outside of refrigerators or coolers. Also inspect recycling bins, garbage cans, damp mop closets and used rag storage bins, and beneath refrigerators where dust and other organic deposits can be found in damp evaporation pans. Fly trapping products that utilize a sticky surface may be effective in determining areas of infestation.
ARE YOU ATTRACTING INSECTS?
Many schools have switched to CFL light fixtures for energy savings. CFLs need a little more energy when they are first turned on, but once the electricity starts moving, CFLs use about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs (according to the U.S. Department of Energy). We recommend using CFL light fixtures with yellow CFL bulbs in order to attract fewer flying insects.
Insects, such as the moth below, are attracted to light with longer wavelengths, such as infrared, UV and blue light. Warmth plays a minor, if any, role. LED lights mostly emit blue light, so insects ARE attracted to them.
The Colorado Coalition for School IPM is a collaborative effort by Colorado State University, U.S. Environmental Protection, USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Education, school districts, National Environmental Health Association and private pest control professionals, committed to implementing IPM principles in schools throughout Colorado.
This newsletter is designed for faculty, staff, students and parents in Colorado schools. Our goal is to help schools maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff using Integrated Pest Management. IPM emphasizes long-term prevention of pest problems and reduces exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.