Blossom Station Child Care Center
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
20 Main St
Acton, MA 01720


IPM Coordinator
Brenda Katz

Primary Contact
Brenda Katz, 9782662779, blossomstation1@aol.com
This Daycare has a contract with
  • Steve Arnold of Waltham Services, 781-893-1810.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Brenda Katz, 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 Blossom Station Child Care Center on 3/17/2017 10:38:00 AM has prepared the following outdoor IPM plan about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for outdoor areas of Blossom Station Child Care Center 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, Brenda Katz

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Blossom Station Child Care Center 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 Blossom Station Child Care Center has selected the following as itís IPM policy statement.


    B.POLICY STATEMENT

      Structural and landscape pests can pose significant problems for people and property. Pesticides can pose risks to people, property, and the environment. It is therefore the policy of this school to incorporate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures for control of structural and landscape pests. The objective of this program is to provide necessary pest control while minimizing pesticide use.


    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 Blossom Station Child Care Center are listed below:
      1) Brenda Katz (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Brenda Katz

    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 passes this information onto an administrative assistant who decides how the information will be distributed throughout the facility.

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


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      Training programs will be held annually.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Blossom Station Child Care Center has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Monthly inspections. When pests are absent the OUTDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of Monthly inspections.

      The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: The facilityís contracted Pest Management Professional would conduct regular pest inspections and would then instruct the IPM coordinator as to the proper course of action.


    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..  Blossom Station Child Care Center has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      OutdoorGrounds
      All areas where children or staff may frequent.

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Blossom Station Child Care Center :

      TURF PESTS   LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
        OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS
       
       

      Pests
          Ants
          Stinging Insects

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)
          Mud Dauber
          Yellow Jackets
          Digger Bees

      Other
          n/a
          Rodents are always a potential issue.
          n/a



      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: All areas where children or staff may frequent.

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Waste disposal is done by a professional company and picked up bi-weekly.

      Light Management:
      Lighting will be adjusted if recommended by the pest control provider.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      Excess water prevention strategies will be discussed with pest control provider if needed.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      Facility staff will monitor exterior areas to determine what measures should be taken if needed.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      Playground areas will be monitored frequently during warmer weather. Any potential pest issues will be reported to pest control provider.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      Facility will monitor exterior areas and determine what measures should be taken id needed.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      N?A

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

      Pests
      Ants
      Stinging Insects

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)
      Digger Bees
      Mud Dauber
      Yellow Jackets

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Inspections are performed monthly

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      The forming of paper nests or bee activity. There may also be some ant or other pest activity.

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

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

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Termidor Fibrinolytic 7969210 Ants, Termites, wasps, or occasional invaders should there be a problem. Control if needed.;
      Telstar P Bifenthrin 279-3206 Insects if needed Control if needed
      Demand Lambda cyholathrin 100-1066 Insects if needed Control if needed
      Max force ant gel Fipronil 432-1264 Ants if needed Control if needed
      Tempo dust Cyfluthrin 432-1373 Insects if needed Control if needed

    • 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.
      n/a

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

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

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

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
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    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Blossom Station Child Care Center , OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: All information will be recorded in a log book to be kept at the front desk.


    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, Brenda Katz has assigned committee memberBrenda Katz 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, Brenda Katz has assigned committee memberBrenda Katz 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 Blossom Station Child Care Center . 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
      Max force ant gel Fipronil 432-1264 Ants if needed Control if needed
      Termidor Fibrinolytic 7969210 Ants, Termites, wasps, or occasional invaders should there be a problem. Control if needed.;
      Tempo dust Cyfluthrin 432-1373 Insects if needed Control if needed
      `
      Telstar P Bifenthrin 279-3206 Insects if needed Control if needed
      Demand Lambda cyholathrin 100-1066 Insects if needed Control if needed


    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

    ________________________________________________ __/______/___
    IPM Coordinator Signature Date
       
    ________________________________________________ __/______/___
    Administrator, Director, or Principal Date

    Outdoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 2/4/2013 10:41:00 AM
    Plan updated by Karen Henricksen on: 3/17/2017 10:38:00 AM