Integrated Pest Management Procedures
Kent School District follows an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) for managing vegetation and insect pests that affect grounds, buildings and personnel. IPM is an approach to pest control that utilizes regular monitoring and record keeping to determine if and when treatments are needed. It employs a combination of strategies and tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent unacceptable damage or annoyance. Biological, cultural, physical, mechanical, educational, and chemical controls are used only when needed and in the least toxic formulation needed to control the pest.
IPM is an ecological approach to suppressing pest populations (i.e., weeds, insects, diseases, etc.) in which alternative pest control measures are considered. Where practical, these alternative measures are implemented before chemical controls are used so that pests are kept at acceptable levels in an effective, economical and environmentally safe way.
The goal of IPM is to protect human health by suppressing pests that vector diseases, reduce loss from pest damage, reduce environmental pollution, reduce human exposure to pesticides and reduce the cost of pest control. In IPM programs, treatments are not made according to a fixed schedule. They are made only when and where monitoring has indicated that the pest will cause unacceptable economic, aesthetic, or medical injury.
Kent School District Pest Management practices shall incorporate the following decision screens to control pest problems:
· Threshold level refers to the point in growth of a vegetation or pest population where it will cause an unacceptable impact on public safety, recreation, health, natural or managed ecosystems, aesthetic values, economic damage to desired plants, and the integrity, function or service life of facilities.
· Action level is the level of development of a vegetation or pest population at a specific site at which point action must be taken to prevent the population from reaching the threshold level.
In determining appropriate strategies for pest control that reached the action or threshold
levels, the following factors shall be considered:
· Selection of measures least hazardous to human health.
· Selection of the least toxic control measures that will effectively eradicate the pest population.
· Selection of measures that are the least disruptive of natural controls in the landscape and least toxic to non‑target organisms.
· Selection of measures that is most likely to be permanent and prevent recurrence of the pest measure.
· Selection of measures that are most cost effective in the short and long term and the easiest to carryout safely and effectively.
· Use of selectively placed spot treatments rather than broadcast
Kent School District shall adhere to the following practices for the approval, compliance, notification and documentation of pesticide use.
Pesticides used in the school district must be communicated and pre‑approved by the Maintenance Supervisor.
MSDS and product labels for approved materials will be on file at the Support Services Center and with the person applying the product.
All persons who apply approved pesticides will be licensed and current with recertification training.
Application equipment shall have properly installed shields to minimize drift. Notification and posting of pesticide treatments shall be made in accordance with applicable state law.
Records pertaining to use shall be maintained as required by state and federal law at the administration office and made available for public review.
· Placement of 4x 5 markers at each primary point of entry to the school grounds (at the time of treatment only) and will remain in place 24 hours after the application.
· An 8 ½ x 11 notice needs to be posted in a prominent place in the main office 48 hours prior to treating a building or other such areas (and left for 24 hours after treatment).
· No notice is necessary for rodent bait or insect bait not accessible to children.
· No notice is necessary for emergencies (bees, etc.). A notice afterwards is acceptable and will remain posted 24 hours after the application.
· No notice is needed when work is done and there are two consecutive days between reentries.
· An annual notification will be sent home each school year at the start of the school year.
· A copy of the Integrated Pest Management program is available on site for interested parties to view.
Contracted Pesticide Services