Facilities and operations staff (facility managers, engineers, environmental risk managers, grounds staff, custodians, kitchen staff and others involved with running the school facility) are on the front lines of School IPM and are often the initiators of the program.
Here’s how facilities and operations staff can make a difference.
Understand how IPM strategies work help to reduce pest populations and save time and money.
A collection of photos from Colorado schools of common pest, building and landscape maintenance issues. Sanitation, and pest prevention practices are also featured. To learn more about a particular issue, click on the photo.
School IPM Educational Materials include fact sheets about common pests, weekly blog posts, training videos and more.
Learn what pests are commonly reported from this 2012 survey of Colorado and Utah schools.
Contact other Colorado school districts that are implementing IPM.
A statewide meeting for School IPM was held June 30, 2014.
Determine which pests are in and around your school, where they live and what they need (food, water and shelter), so you can take steps to create sound and healthy environments.
Pest Sighting Form keeps track of pest sightings; distribute the form to staff.
Pest Monitoring Form records when and where pests are caught; use this form to identify areas that have a high frequency of problems.
Many IPM strategies are proactive, emphasizing prevention and exclusion of pests.
Get started with this handy Pest Strategies checklist.
When predetermined pest thresholds, sometimes called action thresholds, are met or exceeded, choose the appropriate intervention strategy. An IPM program takes advantage of all pest management strategies, including reducing sources of food, water and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds and judicious and careful use of pesticides when necessary.
Choose an best intervention strategy when the number of pests exceeds the preset action threshold.
Model IPM action plans help decide when action is needed to manage a pest. The plans can adapted for the individual location.
EVALUATION & PLANNING
Determine how well the method or actions worked and what happened. This allows the site manager to make modifications to the IPM plan prior to pests reaching the action threshold and requiring action again. The evaluation also shows where there is need for improvement and helps fine-tune future actions, allowing for strategic and fiscal planning for the upcoming year.
The iPestManager is a web-based pest monitoring and management tool that was developed by the Salt Lake City School District, with funding from EPA. This program is still in it’s testing phase, but offers a great example of how effective an IPM program can be.
Rules and Regulations governing schools in the state of Colorado (6 CCR 1010-6), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
6.7.4 Insect, Rodent Control and Classroom Animals
A. Insects, rodents, bats and other pests shall be managed, when they reach levels considered to pose economic or health threats, with integrated strategies for long-term pest suppression, using the most cost-effective means with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Irrespective of State law, School Districts can adopt higher standards.
SCHOOL IPM POLICIES MAY STIPULATE
• Who can apply pesticides
• When and where they can be applied
• A list of allowable pesticide products
• More rigorous requirements beyond pesticide label rules, such as extended reentry periods
• Parent notification commitments
• Treated area posting details
• IPM contacts and school nurses
• A registry of students and staff who are chemically sensitive
• A plan regarding the storage of pesticide application records
• Mandated use of established Best Management Practices
• Education and outreach requirements for school staff, students, and/or parents