Building Blocks Child Care, Inc.
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
32A Nagog Park
Acton, MA 01720


IPM Coordinator
Kimberly Simoneau

Primary Contact
Kim Simoneau, 978-635-0007, buildingblockschildcareinc@verizon.net
This Daycare has a contract with
  • John Cormier of Waltham Services, Inc., 781-893-1810.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Kimberly Simoneau, 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. on 5/20/2010 12:48:00 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. 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,  Kimberly Simoneau

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. are listed below:
      1) Kimberly Simoneau (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Alyssa Forman
      3) Perri Ritchie

    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

      Upon hiring staff is trained on the procedures to follow if they see pests or eveidence of pests.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. 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..  Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Landscaping
      The flower beds just outside the entrance is monitored for pests.

      OutdoorGrounds
      The outdoor play structures sometimes house bee nests during the spring and summer months.

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Building Blocks Child Care, Inc.:

      TURF PESTS LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
       OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS
       

      Other
       

      Pests
         Stinging Insects

      Other



      LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The flower beds just outside the entrance is monitored for pests.

      Cultural Practices

      Monitoring Program:
      Visual monitoring is done to make sure pests have not made a home in the flower beds and plants. We have not had any nests made.

      Soil Maintenance:
      The flower beds are maintained by our landlord.

      Fertilizer Use Practices:
      Fertilizers are not used.

      Plant Care:
      Annually seasonal plants are replaced and the mulch is covered with a laywe of new mulch.

      Watering:
      We only irrigate when there is a dry spell in the weather through the summer.

      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

      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.

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


      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The outdoor play structures sometimes house bee nests during the spring and summer months.

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Our dumpster is emptyed every other week.

      Light Management:
      Our outdoor light is set to a timer to minimise the time it is left on.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      Any sanding water in toys or buckets is emptyed immediately after a rainstorm.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      We do not have any noxious weeds in any areas where it needs to be addressed.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      The structures are monitored daily by the staff to see if ahy of these insects are making a nest so that it can be removed and disposed of immediately.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      The surface was just redone so the cracks are minimal. If they do occur they are pulled up and chamicals are not used to prevent them.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      The shed is checked for pests weekly to make sure none hae taken up residence.

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

      Pests
      Stinging Insects

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Daily the staff monitor the climbing structures to make sure that there are no stinging insects making a home.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      once they are distroed they are looked at to identify them.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      Fly swatter is used to knock the nest down and it is then distroyed.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      If a nest is discovered and it is too large to distroy with a fly swatter.

    • 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc., OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: The use of forms which will be filled out by the person monitoring the facility


    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, Kim Simoneau has assigned committee member Alyssa Forman 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, Kim Simoneau has assigned committee member Alyssa Forman 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc.. 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

    __________________________________________________/______/___
    IPM Coordinator SignatureDate
      
    __________________________________________________/______/___
    Administrator, Director, or PrincipalDate

    Outdoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 5/20/2010 12:48:00 PM
    Plan updated by Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. on: 5/20/2010 12:48:00 PM