Facilities Services Division

 

  • Integrated Pest Management Approach

     

    When necessary, reduced or low-risk pesticides approved for use by the IPM Team may be used at schools and offices, but only by the District's hightly trained Pest Management Technicians. The goal, however, is to use effective non-chemical management techniques, including:

    • Monitoring (tracking paths of movement and shelter, trapping)
    • Exclusion (e.g., installation of door sweeps, caulking cracks and crevices, repairing holes, installation of spikes and netting to deter birds)
    • Sanitation
    • Habitat modification (e.g., storage of food in classrooms in metal containers, disposal of food and trash in trash cans, removal of paper and other clutter)

    All members of the school community, including principals, students, teachers, parents, custodians, cafeteria staff, and craftspeople have an important role in the success of the IPM program. One or more of the above IPM methodologies can be employed by each of these groups of individuals in an effort to manage pests with minimal need for pesticide use.

    Any observation of a pest presence on a campus should be reported to the Plant Manager who will either handle the situation or place a trouble call for a Pest Management Technician to respond. Other crafts may assist in providing appropriate repairs or remediation to solve pest problems in a permanent manner.