A Child's Wonderland Preschool
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
35 route 137
Harwich, MA 02645


IPM Coordinator
Dorothy McDevitt

Primary Contact
Dorothy Rouille-McDevitt, 508-432-4400, childswonderland@netzero.com
This Daycare has a contract with
  • Dave Henderson of All Seasons Pest Control, 508-240-1661.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Dorothy McDevitt, of this Daycare and the Pest Management Professionals described above acknowledge, and agree to the terms of this OUTDOOR integrated pest management plan.


    A. INTRODUCTION

      In compliance with the Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides the A Child's Wonderland Preschool on 8/27/2010 4:55:00 PM has prepared the following outdoor IPM plan about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for outdoor areas of A Child's Wonderland Preschool and clearly states itís pesticide use policies.

      A copy of the plan has been filed with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and at least one printed copy must be kept on site and made available to the public upon request.

      By centralizing all of the information about this facilityís pest management practices the plan serves as a guide to direct this facilityís IPM coordinator,  Dorothy McDevitt

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the A Child's Wonderland Preschool are listed below.

    • Reduce childrenís exposure to pesticides and pesticide residues whenever possible.
    • Manage pests that may occur on facilities to prevent interference with the learning environment of the students.
    • Provide the safest playing or athletic surfaces possible.

      In light of these objectives, the A Child's Wonderland Preschool has selected the following as itís IPM policy statement.


    B.POLICY STATEMENT

      It is the policy of this school to implement Integrated Pest Management procedures to control structural and landscape pests and minimize exposure of children, faculty, and staff to pesticides.


    C. IPM COMMITTEE

      The tasks set before an IPM committee are to:
    • Develop an IPM plan. The IPM plan is in essence, a document that describes the organization and implementation of IPM on school grounds.
    • Evaluate progress of the IPM program.
    • Communicate about IPM - Facilitate communication within the school about IPM practices.
    • Assist in development of contract specifications.
    • Provide notification to parents about pesticide use.

      The OUTDOOR committee members selected for the A Child's Wonderland Preschool are listed below:
      1) Dorothy McDevitt (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Charles  McDevitt
      3) Michelle Koumbouris

    D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY

      Pest Management Personnel to Building Staff:

      The Pest Management Professional communicates with the IPM coordinator of the facility. The IPM coordinator then posts this information in a common viewing area dedicated to the subject of integrated pest management.

      Staff/Students communicate with their supervisors who then pass information onto the IPM coordinator.


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      IPM training will occur on a yearly basis. Training will take place at the first staff meeting of the school year.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, A Child's Wonderland Preschool has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Daily inspections. When pests are absent the OUTDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of Weekly inspections.

      The following technique will be used to monitor for pests:  Reports from facility personnel (pest reporting forms) would prompt the IPM coordinator to setup monitoring traps, which would be used to identity the pest and determine its abundance.


    G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR OUTDOOR PESTS

      Outdoor property includes the turf, landscaping, and the outdoor grounds such as building exterior, playground equipment, etc..  A Child's Wonderland Preschool has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Turf
      front lawn; hill in playground.

      Landscaping
      The playground is a priority area for maintenance.

      OutdoorGrounds
      The playground is a priority for maintenance.

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at A Child's Wonderland Preschool:

      TURF PESTS LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
       OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS

      Surface and/or thatch pests
         Ants
         Chinch Bug

      Weeds
         Crabgrass
         Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Other
       

      Weeds
         Crabgrass

      Other
       

      Pests
         Ants

      Other


      TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: front lawn; hill in playground.

      Cultural Practices

      Mowing:
      mowing is done in front of the school and ona small patch on the hill in the playground. Leaf raking is done each fall . Flower beds are weeded and maintained.

      Aeration:
      not appplicable.

      Water Management:
      The front is watered by a sprinkler system every other day.

      Fertilization:
      fertilizer not applied

      Equipment Maintenance:
      equipment is cleaned with bleach and water. equipment is checked frequently for broken areas and splintered areas.

      Turfgrass diseases

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

      Provide information on how you diagnosed the pests above.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.

      If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.

      Insects/pests under the soil or root zone

      Surface and/or thatch pests
      Ants
      Chinch Bug

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      The playground is monitored for ants and chinch bugs daily.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Ants and chich bugs were identified by the IPM website.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Non chemical control measures have not been needed.

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      No biological strategies have been used.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Insecticides would only be used if insects present a significant problem.

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 
    • Selective insecticides are used where possible instead of broad spectrum insecticides. 
    • Insecticide chemical classes are rotated. 
    • Insecticides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where insects occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 
    • Insecticide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      Weeds
      Crabgrass
      Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      We weed frequently and mow frequetly.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      I identified them by the IPM website.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      We weed them by hand.

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      No bilogical strategies are used.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      We so not use herbicides.

    • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 
    • Herbicides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where weeds occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 
    • The herbicide chemical classes are rotated. 
    • Selective insecticides are used where possible instead of broad spectrum insecticides. 
    • Herbicide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The playground is a priority area for maintenance.

      Cultural Practices

      Monitoring Program:
      The playground is monitored daily for weeds and vines. These are removed by hand.

      Soil Maintenance:
      The flower beds in front of the school are mulched.

      Fertilizer Use Practices:
      No fertilizer is applied.

      Plant Care:
      FLowes and muclh are done in the front of the school. We also have a garden in raised beds on the back corner which is weeded.

      Watering:
      The front of the school is on a sprinkler system. The garden is watered daily.

      Tree and Shrub Diseases

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

      Provide information on how you diagnosed the pests above.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.

      If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them in for the pests above.

      Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used

      Insects and Related Pests

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.

      Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used

      Weeds
      Crabgrass

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      The playground is monitored for crabgrass on a weekly basis.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Crabgrass is identified by the IPM website.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Crabgrass is removed by hand.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Herbicides are currently not used.

      Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used
      No bilogical strategies are planned.

    • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 
    • Herbicides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where weeds occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 
    • The herbicide chemical classes are rotated. 
    • Selective insecticides are used where possible instead of broad spectrum insecticides. 
    • Herbicide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The playground is a priority for maintenance.

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Trash is thrown into a dummpster located in the staff parking are that is dumped biweekly.

      Light Management:
      Exterior lights are on a timer to go on after hours for a period of time.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      Excess water detected is dumped immediately.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      No noxious weeds.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      Playground equipmnt monitored for nests and removed if seen.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      Weeds are pulled by hand.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      The storage shed is kept organized to dter mice.

      Insects observed in and around outdoor grounds of school property.
      Ants

      Pests
      Ants

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      The playground is monitored daily.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      The ants are identified through the IPM website.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      Cinnamon is used if needed.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      none have been used.

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 
    • Selective insecticides are used where possible instead of broad spectrum insecticides. 
    • Insecticide chemical classes are rotated. 
    • Insecticides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where insects occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 
    • Insecticide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of A Child's Wonderland Preschool, OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: checklist


    I. EVALUATING THE PROGRAM

      The IPM plan will be evaluated on a Annually basis.


    J. NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS & EXEMPTIONS

      During the creation of this IPM plan, Dorothy Rouille-McDevitt has assigned committee member Charles McDevitt with the responsibility of assembling and issuing all the documents that accompany the standard written notification whenever pesticides are applied outdoors.


    K. IN THE EVENT OF A HEALTH EMERGENCY

      During the creation of this IPM plan, Dorothy Rouille-McDevitt has assigned committee member Charles McDevitt with the responsibility of applying for an emergency waiver.


    L. LIST OF PESTICIDES TO BE USED OUTSIDE THE FACILITY

      The following list includes all the pesticides that will be used outside A Child's Wonderland Preschool. This list includes all herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that will be used in the event that chemical is required.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use


    M. WELL WATER SYSTEM

      The school does not have its own on site well water system.


    I attest, to the best of my knowledge, that the above information is complete, accurate and true

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    IPM Coordinator SignatureDate
      
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    Administrator, Director, or PrincipalDate

    Outdoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 6/27/2008 12:27:00 PM
    Plan updated by A CHild's Wonderland Preschool on: 8/27/2010 4:55:00 PM