Hugs Plus Learning Center
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
681 Central Street
Stoughton, MA 02072


IPM Coordinator
Julie MacLean

Primary Contact
Julie MacLean, 781-341-2220, hugsstoughton@aol.com
This Daycare has a contract with
  • Guy Tonucci of Watch All, 781-331-9022.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Julie MacLean, 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 Hugs Plus Learning Center on 6/1/2016 9:53:00 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 Hugs Plus Learning 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, Julie MacLean

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Hugs Plus Learning 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 Hugs Plus Learning 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 Hugs Plus Learning Center are listed below:
      1) Julie MacLean (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Julie MacLean
      3) Guy Tonucci

    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

      We will provide training at an annual staff meeting.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Monthly evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Hugs Plus Learning 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: Reports from facility staff and students (pest reporting forms) would prompt the IPM coordinator to contact the facilityís Pest Management Professional who would then conduct a facility audit.


    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..  Hugs Plus Learning Center has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      OutdoorGrounds
      Playgrounds

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Hugs Plus Learning Center:

      TURF PESTS   LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
        OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS
       
       

      Pests
          Stinging Insects

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds
          Poison Ivy

      Other



      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Playgrounds

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Trash is removed weekly by a third party contractor.

      Light Management:
      None.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      containers that collect water are removed to reduce insect breeding areas.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      String trimming.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      All areas are monitored for the presence of stinging insects.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      Manual weeding is performed regularly.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      Seed is stored in tamper-proof containers to eliminate food sources for pests.

      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.
      Visual inspections daily of playground areas. Mint oil may be used in areas susceptible to nests.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Staff and students notice insects and Director identifies.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      Reduction of areas that are conducive to insect nesting.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Pesticide usage is a last resort used only when the pests are a threat to human health.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Talstar Pro Bifenthrin 273-3206 ants/stinging insects public health
      Recruit IV Novilflumuron 118204 termites structural
      Recruit HD Novilflumuron 3125-569 termites structural
      Essentria IC3 Insecticide Concentrate exempt ticks public health

    • 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

      Poison Ivy

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Landscaper rids area of poison ivy.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Our landscaper came out to identify.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Landscaper cuts down/eliminates growth of poison ivy.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      These will be used as a last resort, if unable to contain the poison ivy.


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Hugs Plus Learning Center, 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 Monthly basis.


    J. NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS & EXEMPTIONS

      During the creation of this IPM plan, Julie MacLean has assigned committee memberJulie MacLean 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, Julie MacLean has assigned committee memberJulie MacLean 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 Hugs Plus Learning 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
      Talstar Pro Bifenthrin 273-3206 ants/stinging insects public health
      Recruit IV Novilflumuron 118204 termites structural
      Recruit HD Novilflumuron 3125-569 termites structural
      Essentria IC3 Insecticide Concentrate exempt ticks public health


    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: 9/13/2004 9:41:00 AM
    Plan updated by Julie MacLean on: 6/1/2016 9:53:00 AM