Infant Toddler Children's Center
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
149 Central St.
Acton, MA 01720


IPM Coordinator
Ulrika Shepardson

Primary Contact
Cindy Heaney, 978-263-2064, cheaney@itcacton.org

Infant Toddler Children's Center employs NA an on-site certified and/or licensed pesticide applicator (certification/license #: ) 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

  • Mary Wilson of Bee Busters, 978-263-2663.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Ulrika Shepardson, 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 Infant Toddler Children's Center on 10/15/2015 7:06:00 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 Infant Toddler Children's Center 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, Ulrika Shepardson

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Infant Toddler Children's Center 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 Infant Toddler Children's Center has selected the following as it’s 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 Infant Toddler Children's Center are listed below:
      1) Ulrika Shepardson (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Ulrika Shepardson
      3) Cindy Heaney
      4) Peter Ashton

    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. In addition, the IPM coordinator also communicates information to the staff supervisors who then distribute the information to all the staff and occupants concerned.

      Staff/Students communicate in writing and leave this information in a common “drop box” for the IPM coordinator to review and pass onto the Pest Management Professional if necessary.


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      The IPM plan will be reviewed with staff at the first staff meeting of the year. Reminder notices will be sent out if problems are present.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Infant Toddler Children's Center has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Daily 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 personnel (pest reporting forms) would prompt the IPM coordinator to either contact the facility’s Pest Management Professional who would then conduct a facility audit or set up a daily observation schedule to identify 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..  Infant Toddler Children's Center has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Turf
      Grass inside playgrounds and at the edges of fencing

      Landscaping
      Larger trees and areas adjacent to parking lot and playground fences.

      OutdoorGrounds
      NA

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Infant Toddler Children's Center:

      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
          Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Other
       

      Other
          none
       

      Pests
          Stinging Insects

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

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds
          Poison Ivy

      Other


      TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Grass inside playgrounds and at the edges of fencing

      Cultural Practices

      Mowing:
      Mowing is at a height that allows for shade and moisture retention. Clippings are not removed.

      Aeration:
      NA

      Water Management:
      Lawns are not watered regularly.

      Fertilization:
      No fertilizer used

      Equipment Maintenance:
      Landscape company maintains and cleans equipment.

      Turfgrass 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.

      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.
      There are small areas of the lawns in which grubs are present - determined by digging up slice of turf and bare spots. These are not treated and are tolerated.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Digging up turf to see if grubs are present.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      none

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      none

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      none used

      Weeds
      Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Visual scanning during growing season.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Species identified through consultation with landscapeer.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Cutting regularly

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      none

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      NA

      LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Larger trees and areas adjacent to parking lot and playground fences.

      Cultural Practices

      Monitoring Program:
      We monitor trees and plants for disease. If a tree should present a danger it will be pruned or removed. Plants that are diseased will be removed.

      Soil Maintenance:
      We mulch areas for weed control.

      Fertilizer Use Practices:
      None are used

      Plant Care:
      Weeding and mulching.

      Watering:
      Limited watering on town schedule

      Tree and Shrub Diseases

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      NA

      Provide information on how you diagnosed the pests above.
      NA

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

      If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them in for the pests above.
      NA

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

      Insects and Related Pests

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      we do not monitor for any of the listed insects.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      NA

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

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

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

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      none used

    • Insecticide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      Weeds

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      During the growing season (spring,fall and summer) we monitor playgrounds and walkway paths weekly for poison ivy.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Poison ivy is identifed by IPM coordinator in consultation with landscaper.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Poison ivy will be pulled up by roots and disposed of in a sealed plastic bag.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      none used

      Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used
      none

      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: NA

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Trash dumpster is emptied weekly. Twice a year, area around dumpster is throughly cleaned and as needed.

      Light Management:
      Lights are on a timer and are on weekdays only from dusk until 11 PM.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      NA

      Noxious Weed Management:
      Monitoring and pulling up weeds when sighted

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      We monitor all wooden structures, sand areas, and cavities in equipment for stinging insect nests. We destroy nests as they are spotted using a strong spray of water or using a class 25B substance (mint oil) and physically knocking down nests. We cover sand areas at night when possible.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      NA

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      Sheds are cleaned out monthly during warmer weather and in the Spring. We try and keep sheds sealed well to prevent entry.

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

      Pests
      Stinging Insects

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

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      In the spring, all staff are alerted to monitor playground areas and entrances for beginning nests and stinging insect activity. A reporting form is posted on the IPM coordiator's office door.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      A licensed pest control person (Bee Busters) spent time with us identifying various bees, hornets and wasps on our property and alerting us to where nests are likely to be found.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      In the Spring, we destroy nests as soon as they are noticed by using either a strong spray of water or a 25B product (mint oil) first and then physically knocking down the nest. This is done in the early evening when children are not present. If a nest has gotten too big or our efforts continue to be ineffective, we will call a licensed pest control professional (Bee Busters).

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      We would only use insecticides when stinging insects are in a location which make it very difficult to remove the nest (in a wall, for instance).

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Tempo 1% Cyxluthrin 432-1373 yellow jackets repeated return after manually removing nest. Aggressive behavior, loction in close vacinity to children playing.

    • 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. 

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds

      Poison Ivy

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      In the spring and throughout the warm weather, all staff are instructed to monitor the edges of playgrounds and any pathways for poison ivy. Sightings in these areas are reported to the IPM coordinator.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Fact sheets and local knowledge.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      We will cut and pull out poinson ivy plants that are in the vacinty of playgrounds or walking path.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Herbicides would not be used.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      none


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Infant Toddler Children's 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 Annually basis.


    J. NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS & EXEMPTIONS

      During the creation of this IPM plan, Cindy Heaney has assigned committee memberCindy Heaney 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, Cindy Heaney has assigned committee memberCindy Heaney 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 Infant Toddler Children's 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
      Tempo 1% Cyxluthrin 432-1373 yellow jackets repeated return after manually removing nest. Aggressive behavior, loction in close vacinity to children playing.
      none used
      none


    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: 6/19/2007 2:02:00 PM
    Plan updated by Cindy Heaney on: 10/15/2015 7:06:00 PM