Devereux School
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
60 Miles Rd. - P.O Box 219
Rutland, MA 01543


IPM Coordinator
Keith Parker

Primary Contact
Keith Parker, 508-886-4746, kparker@devereux.org
This School has a contract with
  • Steven A Christy of LEI and WPC, 508-865-4367.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Keith Parker, of this School 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 Devereux School on 2/17/2017 9:37:00 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 Devereux School 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, Keith Parker

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Devereux School 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 Devereux School has selected the following as itís IPM policy statement.


    B.POLICY STATEMENT

      Structural and landscape pests can pose significant problems, including safety issues for people, property and the environment.Therefore the policy of this school is to incorporate Integrated Pest Management(IPM)procedures to control structural and landscape pests, while minimizing pesticide exposure of children, faculty and staff.


    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 Devereux School are listed below:
      1) Keith Parker (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Steve Yerdon
      3) Kerryann `Goldsmith
      4) Rebecca  Nichols
      5) Bob Wheeler
      6) Ralph Natale
      7) Stephanie Daniels
      8) Sally  Parry

    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 in writing with an administrator who then passes the information onto the IPM coordinator when necessary.


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      Information to educate and inform staff/clients, as to achieve a pest free environment, is readily available at each building/unit''s staff office, and or reception area, on and off our main campus locations. These are designated IPM areas, in addition and as well as those areas through out our on and off campus locations, which are specifically reserved for any and all IPM issues.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Devereux School has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Weekly inspections. When pests are absent the OUTDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of Quarterly inspections.

      The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: Our Facility uses a combitnation of monitoring techniques for pest inspections, including but not limited to reports from facility pesonnel, IPM coordinatior monitoring and our facility''s contracted Pest Management Professional, who conducts a facility audit monthly.


    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..  Devereux School has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Turf
      The areas that are priority for maintenance are all areas used by clients on campus and off campus.

      Landscaping
      All areas that staff and clients occupy/use. This consists of all Main Campus grounds.

      OutdoorGrounds
      Anywhere that staff and clients utilize.

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Devereux School:

      TURF PESTS   LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
        OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS

      Insects/pests under the soil or root zone
          Grubs (Japanese Beetles, European Chafer, Asiatic Garden Beetles, Oriental Beetles, and other)

      Weeds
          Crabgrass
          Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Turfgrass diseases
          Snow Mold
          Yellow Patch

      Other
       

      Weeds
          Crabgrass

      Other
       

      Pests
          Stinging Insects

      Other
          Does not apply
          Does not apply
          Does not apply


      TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The areas that are priority for maintenance are all areas used by clients on campus and off campus.

      Cultural Practices

      Mowing:
      Our mowing procedures require at least forty hours a week, with the majority of hours spent at the main campus. All locations are mowed and trimmed (weedwacker) weekly. Mower height is set at three inches. Mower blades are sharpened four times a season and clippings are automatically caught up and removed to a compost pile.

      Aeration:
      Aeration/De-thatching is implemented in May annually,at the main campus by Bell's Lawn. This procedure includes the entire turf/landscaped areas, gardens, courtyards, playgrounds, and sports fields.

      Water Management:
      The Devereux Massachusett's main campus, has selected plantings of several varieties, which are heat/drought resistant, requiring only precipitated rainfall. There are however, three ajoining, landscaped areas consisting of front and side lawns/gardens. The Mainhouse, Medical Center and Integrated Treatment Unit's grounds are divided into twelve, small, watering zones. Between the hours of five and seven each morning from May to September, each zone is scheduled for watering by automatic sprinkler system, in an economical mist spray for two alternating, fifteen minute intervals. The variation of this schedule occurs when the system's rain sensors detect rain, or excessive dew. This feature conserves water by cancelling out the automatic scheduled watering.

      Fertilization:
      All fertilization practices are contracted out to ChemLawn.

      Equipment Maintenance:
      Maintenance Equipment is first scraped clean, then scrubbed down with soap and water manually. Equipment is then sprayed clean with watering hose. This is the procedure used on all lawn equipment including under carriages of all grass cutting machines, blades, weed wackers, and manual tools, two times weekly. This routine helps prevent the spread of any transmittable turf fungus/disease.

      Turfgrass diseases
      Snow Mold
      Yellow Patch

      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
      Grubs (Japanese Beetles, European Chafer, Asiatic Garden Beetles, Oriental Beetles, and other)

      Surface and/or thatch pests

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of 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 insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.

    • 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.
      Monitoring is accomplished area by area done monthly by a licensed lawn care contractor (Chem-Lawn). However, maintenance staff monitors the grounds weekly.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Maintenance identifies the species of pests through picture idenification.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Weeding by hand as much as possible, and as labor and time allow. On a regular daily/weekly basis, we have approximately two maintenance people working four hours per day which averages to 36 manual hours per week.

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      Preventive measures taken are early detection, stringent upkeep of machinery, and using landscape fabric in flower beds, and gardens.Mulching beds, gardens, courtyards, and all planting areas continually throughout the season, starting in April, ending in October.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      We only use herbicides as a last resort. We prefer to use environmentally friendly products if possible.

      LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: All areas that staff and clients occupy/use. This consists of all Main Campus grounds.

      Cultural Practices

      Monitoring Program:
      We have a contractor True Green Chem Lawn who monitors lawn developement. Our maintenance crew is also out doing maintenance/landscaping, and are able to monitor any issues that might arise. Issues are reported, and resolved as soon as possible.

      Soil Maintenance:
      We mulch plantings throughout the spring, summer and fall months. Lawns are arrerated once a year.

      Fertilizer Use Practices:
      We fertilize our lawns two times a year. Slow-release nitrogen and it lawn is limed seperately.

      Plant Care:
      We plant drought/pest resistant varieties of plants, trees, flowers and grasses. Many of them indigeous to our area, therefore, very little care is needed. We use an all purpose mulch and loam which are applied in spring through early summer, this helps to keep weeds away, hold moisture in and keep our campus appearance well groomed. Plant spacings are according to the directions given for that particular planting.

      Watering:
      We have an automatic electronic sprinkler system which consists of twelve individual watering zones at our main campus. Two misting spray intervals, 20 minutes in duration, which alternate through out the twelve zones twice daily.Our system is also equipped with a rain sensor. This conserves water by automatically shutting off the sprinkler system when rainfall or excessive dew is detected.

      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.
      In early spring both contractor and maintenance persons start looking for problem areas.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      It's an ongoing lawn issue. True Green Chem lawn employees are professionally trained and through landscape/lawn experience and pictures, our maintenance people know what to look for.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Starting in early spring and through out the spring, summer and fall seasons, we spray with a natural solution of white vinegar and salt, then we reseed the area if necessary.

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

      Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used
      We try to hand weed when time and man power allow, and use natural non-toxic solutions to deal with weed, and we fertilize lawn and garden areas regularly.

      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Anywhere that staff and clients utilize.

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      We contract a company that supplies us with dumpsters and remove them each month.All trash through out our campus is collected daily by housekeeping and deposed of in recepticles.Dumpsters are located away from school/residental areas and placed on pebble rock directly at the rear of the maintenance facility. Housekeeping keeps this area clean.

      Light Management:
      All lights on campus are photocelled, minimizing light. Many off campus locations are also on photocelled lighting. Any non-photocelled lights off campus, are limited to the main entrance of buildings and turned off at during shift change at eleven o'clock PM, eastern standard time.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      We have a drainage and gutter systems on each building throught main campus and off campus.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      We do not have a problem with noxious weeds.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      Residential and facilities staff watch for stinging insects on and off campus on a weekly basis starting in early spring, and in September till the first frost.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      We use a non-toxic weed killer.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      We do not take any measures in this area.

      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.
      All staff watch for nest building.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Visually through nest and insect.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      We use a non-poision spray, made of victor mint oil to kill bees. Then we remove the nest.

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

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Eco Exempt IC3 Stinging Insects stinging insects are present
      First Strike Soft Bait Difethialone 7173-258 rodents rodents are present
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone 12455-79 rodents rodents are present

    • 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.
      We watch for signs of weeds starting in early spring. If possible we weed them by hand.

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

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      We hand weed when possible and we use a simple solution of white vinegar and table salt.

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


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Devereux School, OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: The use of forms will be used by the IPM coordinator, and or the outside contractor, who are primarily monitoring/treating 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, Keith Parker has assigned committee memberBob Wheeler 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, Keith Parker has assigned committee memberBob Wheeler 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 Devereux School. 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
      Eco Exempt IC3 Stinging Insects stinging insects are present
      First Strike Soft Bait Difethialone 7173-258 rodents rodents are present
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone 12455-79 rodents rodents are present


    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: 10/17/2007 2:41:00 PM
    Plan updated by Keith Parker on: 2/17/2017 9:37:00 AM