Green Valley Preschool
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
10 Allen St.
Hampden, MA 01036


IPM Coordinator
traci croteau

Primary Contact
Traci L. Croteau, 413-566-5070, croteau35@comcast.net

Green Valley Preschool employs Traci L. Croteau an on-site certified and/or licensed pesticide applicator (certification/license #: 28152) who may be called on to manage all or some of the necessary OUTDOOR pest problems that may arise.

In addition, this Daycare also has a contract with

  • Brian of Environment First Pest Control, 413-569-1624.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, traci croteau, 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 Green Valley Preschool on 3/24/2011 11:41:00 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 Green Valley Preschool and clearly states it’s 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 facility’s pest management practices the plan serves as a guide to direct this facility’s IPM coordinator,  traci croteau

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Green Valley Preschool are listed below.

    • Reduce children’s 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 Green Valley Preschool has selected the following as it’s 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 Green Valley Preschool are listed below:
      1) traci croteau (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)

    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

      The coordinator will conduct quarterly meetings to review any new information and to refresh on the previous information established by IPM.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Quarterly evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Green Valley Preschool 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 facility’s 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..  Green Valley Preschool has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      OutdoorGrounds
      not applicable

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Green Valley Preschool:

      TURF PESTS LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
       OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS
       
       

      Pests
         Ants

      Other



      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: not applicable

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      not applicable

      Light Management:
      not applicable

      Excess Water Prevention:
      none

      Noxious Weed Management:
      none

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      inspect play ground equipment daily for any start of infestation

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      not applicable

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      certified pest control specialist applies EPA registered pesticides

      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.
      contractor used Maxforce to control ants

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

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      The facility made sure that entrances are tighly sealed

      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
      max force4321245antscontrol

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 

      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 Green Valley Preschool, 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 Quarterly basis.


    J. NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS & EXEMPTIONS

      During the creation of this IPM plan, Traci L. Croteau has assigned committee member traci croteau 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, Traci L. Croteau has assigned committee member traci croteau 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 Green Valley 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
      max force4321245antscontrol


    M. WELL WATER SYSTEM

      The school has an on site well water system. No pesticide or fertilizer applications will take place within the Zone I of the well.


    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: 12/16/2006 7:09:00 PM
    Plan updated by Traci L Croteau on: 3/24/2011 11:41:00 AM