The Riverton Community School District believes the best way to control pest infestations is through the use of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. We understand that an effective IPM plan in schools involves the cooperation of school staff and pest control personnel to combine preventive techniques, nonchemical pest control methods, and the appropriate use of pesticides with preference for products that are the least harmful to human health and the environment.
GOALS OF INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN
Whenever possible, our IPM plan will include the following elements:
- The identification of pests and their natural enemies;
- The establishment of an ongoing monitoring and record keeping system for regular sampling and assessment of pest and natural enemy populations;
- The determination of pest population levels that can be tolerated on aesthetic, economic and health concerns, and setting action thresholds where pest populations or environmental conditions warrant remedial action;
- The prevention of pest problems through improved sanitation, management of waste, addition of physical barriers, and the modification of habitats that attract or harbor pests;
- The reliance to the greatest extent possible on nontoxic, biological, cultural or mechanical pest management methods, or on the use of natural control agents;
- The use of chemical pesticides when necessary, with preference for products that are the least harmful to human health and the environment; and
- The record keeping and reporting of pest populations, surveillance techniques and remedial actions taken. (Source: P.A. 87-1106)
1. Integrated Pest Management includes monitoring, regular pest inspections, sanitation and pest proofing measures, or modification of environmental conditions leading to pest problems.
2. The District has established pest tolerance thresholds to indicate pest population levels at which control measures will be undertaken. Thresholds will not be set based on aesthetic criteria alone. Control measures will not be undertaken if pest damage or populations are below threshold levels. In such cases, schools will use preventive measures such as improved sanitation, clutter reduction and exclusion of pests.
3. When pests exceed tolerance thresholds, non-chemical pest control measures (e.g., sanitation, screening, physical barriers, vacuuming, mulching, irrigation, fertilization, manual weeding, insect nest removal, pest-resistant plant selection) will be preferred.
4. Pesticides will be used only as a last resort, when other pest prevention and non-chemical control measures have failed to reduce pests below tolerance thresholds. When a pesticide must be used, the smallest amount of the least-toxic product that will meet pest management goals will be used.
5. No pesticide fogging or space spraying will be done. Insecticides will be used only for spot treatments targeted to insect nests or problem areas where a minimal amount of material is used.
6. The School District will keep records of all pest control measures, pesticides used, and amounts and locations of treatments. Pesticide use and pest control records, pesticide Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), pesticide product labels, and available manufacturer information about inert ingredients will be on file in the facility. Additionally, records of all pest control actions are to be maintained including information on the number of pests or other indicators of pest activity that can verify the need for action. These records shall be made available upon request to school staff and the general public during normal school operating hours and shall be kept for at least three years.
7. The School District will notify all parents and staff that are members of the IPM registry at least 2 business days prior to any pesticide applications in school buildings or on school grounds. The District will create this notification registry by providing parents an opportunity to register for notification annually as part of the school registration process. Neighbors immediately adjacent to school property will be notified at least 2 business days in advance of outdoor pesticide applications. Antimicrobial agents and insecticide and rodenticide baits are exempt from notification requirements.
8. Parents and staff will be informed annually about the district’s IPM policy.
PESTICIDE APPLICATION REGISTRY NOTICE
Riverton Community School District #14 practices Integrated Pest Management, a program that combines preventive techniques, non-chemical pest control methods, and the appropriate use of pesticides with a preference for products that are the least harmful to human health and the environment. The term “pesticide” includes insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, and fungicides. This school district is establishing a registry of people who wish to be notified prior to unscheduled pesticide applications. To be included in this registry, please contact the District Office by December 1 of each year using the email link below. Please place notification registry in the email . If there is an immediate threat to health or property that requires treatment before notification can be sent out, members of the registry will receive notification as soon as practicable. Additional questions may be directed to Doug Brown, Maintenance Supervisor, in the Riverton School District Unit Office at 217/629-6009 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.