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IPM In Schools by Invader Pest Management

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Invader Pest Management Performs Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Arizona Schools

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IPM In Schools by Invader Pest Management

  1. 1. IPM in Schools<br />Safer Pest Control for Childcare Facilities<br />Presented by<br />Fred Willey, President<br />Invader Pest Management<br />www.Invader.net<br />
  2. 2. Is There a Safer Way to Control Pests?<br />School administrators and others who have decision-making responsibilities for pest management in and around school buildings and grounds should know that safer options exist. <br />
  3. 3. Stage 2 IPM<br />Most pests found in school buildings can be attributed to faulty building design, lack of structural repairs, sanitation issues and poor food handling and waste management practices.<br />
  4. 4. To achieve permanent solutions to pest problems, pest management staff must devote time to educating building maintenance and custodial staff, food handlers, and teachers and students about their role in attracting or sustaining pests, and enlisting their participation in solving the problems.<br />
  5. 5. What is Integrated Pest Management?<br />Keep Pests Out<br />Remove Pests’ Food & Water<br />Remove Pest Harborage<br />Monitor for Pests<br />Create an IPM Plan & Keep Records<br />Treat Existing Pest Problems<br />Routine Monthly Spraying is NOT Part of IPM<br />
  6. 6. #1. Keep Pests Out<br />Doors & Windows<br />Let me know if your screens have holes.<br />Cracks and Holes<br />An open door is an invitation… <br />to a pest problem.<br />We will fill all holes like these…<br />Deliveries<br />
  7. 7. #2. Remove Pests’ Food & Water<br />Problems…<br />Yuck!<br />Solutions…<br />Picture: University of Florida/IFAS<br />
  8. 8. #3. Remove Pest Harborage<br />Clutter provides lots of hiding spots AND covers up evidence of a growing problem.<br />Clutter<br />Yes, that is a roach.<br />Before<br />After<br />
  9. 9. A safer, and usually less costly option for effective pest management in the school community. A school IPM program employs commonsense strategies to reduce sources of food, water and shelter for pests in your school buildings and grounds. IPM programs take advantage of all pest management strategies, including judicious careful use of pesticides when necessary.<br />
  10. 10. 5 Things you should know about School IPM in Arizona<br />Laws – pertaining to making pesticide applications in schools and childcare facilities<br />How to Prevent Unnecessary Exposure to Pesticides<br />Notification– You are responsible to let the school know that you may use pesticides.<br />Posting – it’s who, where and what you used.<br />Integrated Pest Management – It’s how you do it<br />
  11. 11. WHYIPM?<br /> CUZit’s more effective and economical overtime; <br />CUZit eliminates the root cause of the pest problems, pests issues will get smaller over time. <br />CUZit Protects kids from pesticides<br /> And<br />CUZit’s REQUIRED by law<br />
  12. 12. Arizona School Notification Law<br />32-2307. Notification of pesticide applications to schools and child care facilities; exemptions; definitions<br />
  13. 13. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency<br />"One of EPA's highest priorities is protecting children's health from unnecessary exposure to pesticides that are used in their schools to control pests."<br />
  14. 14. Required 72 hours in advance<br />There are exemptions:<br />Emergencies – ie.. BEES – no time to notify 72 hours in advance.<br />Be careful - <br />You still have to POST a Notice<br />And <br />Exempt Products – I would recommend POSTING for these as well. Why chance it?<br />
  15. 15. POSTINGRequired At time of applicationMust remain posted for 48 hours.<br />Educate the school Admin. <br />They must keep these records in their files. OPM makes inspections at all schools and they want to see these notifications.<br />
  16. 16. What is IPM?<br /> Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. <br /> IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction 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.<br />
  17. 17. To Spray or not to Spray!<br />
  18. 18. Set Action Thresholds<br />Before taking any pest control action, IPM first sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. <br />Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is needed. The level at which pests will either become an economic threat is critical to guide future pest control decisions.<br />
  19. 19. Monitor and Identify Pests<br />Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. <br />IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. <br />This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of pesticide will be used.<br />
  20. 20. Prevention<br />As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the exterior areas, lawns, or indoor space to prevent pests from becoming a threat. In a child care setting, this may mean using sanitation procedures, cultural methods, mechanical controls, such as more comprehensive cleaning schedules, lawn irrigation schedules, introducing garbage cans with flaps, caulking and sealing holes in walls. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.<br />
  21. 21. Control<br />Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, IPM programs then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. <br />Effective, less risky pest control solutions are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of “Least Toxic” pesticides.<br /> Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is a last resort and a hard habit (easy way) to break in your technicians. <br />
  22. 22. Goals of IPM Plan<br />
  23. 23. Rats !<br />I’m out of time!<br />For More Information about School IPM:<br />Fred Willey, President/owner <br />Invader Pest Management<br />willey@invader.net<br />623-435-0228<br />

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