Lexington High School
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421


IPM Coordinator
Christopher Bouchard

Primary Contact
Tom Drapeau, 978-887-7900, Tom@callfreedompest.com
This School has a contract with
  • Tom Drapeau, ACE of Freedom Pest Control, 978-887-7900.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Christopher Bouchard, 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 Lexington High School on 8/3/2021 7:26:00 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 Lexington High School 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, Christopher Bouchard

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Lexington High School 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 Lexington High School 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 Lexington High School are listed below:
      1) Christopher Bouchard (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) David Amicangioli
      3) Shawn Newell

    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

      CFPA/IPM Materials as they are available


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Lexington High School 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..  Lexington High School has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Turf
      DPW is responsible for all athletic field turf areas at each school.

      OutdoorGrounds
      Building perimetersShrubberyAuxillary structures

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Lexington High 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)

      Surface and/or thatch pests
          Chinch Bug

      Weeds
          Crabgrass
          Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Turfgrass diseases
          Anthracnose
          Fusarium Blight
          Pythium Blight

      Other Turf Pest Problems
          No Pests (You are still required to complete the action plan)

      Other
          none
       
       

      Pests
          Stinging Insects

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)
          Yellow Jackets

      Other
          none
          none
          n/a


      TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: DPW is responsible for all athletic field turf areas at each school.

      Cultural Practices

      Mowing:
      Athletic field turf is mowed a minimum of once per week with alternate mowing patterns each week. Clippings are generally not removed. The mowing height is set between 2-1/2 to 3 inches for the duration of the mowing season. Blades are changed every two weeks.

      Aeration:
      All athletic field turf is aerated (core aerator) a minimum of twice per season.

      Water Management:
      The athletic fields have in-ground irrigation systems with time clocks. The goal is to provide 1 inch of water per week during the growing season either through irrigation or rainfall. Systems are adjusted due to weather patterns, use and renovations. A mixture of bluegrass and rye grass seed is used on the athletic fields.

      Fertilization:
      All fertilizer applications are based on soil tests. The type of fertilizer varies depending on what is needed but mostly synthetic fertilizers are used. Fertilizer is applied as needed during the season to keep the turf healthy and growing to allow for safe play. The rate is determined by the soil test and by field conditions. Equipment is calibrated at the start of each season and rechecked periodically during the season.

      Equipment Maintenance:
      Equipment is cleaned off site at the DPW facility. Maintenance is performed as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

      Turfgrass diseases
      Anthracnose
      Fusarium Blight
      Pythium Blight

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Weekly visual inspection

      Provide information on how you diagnosed the pests above.
      In house knowledge.

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

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

      If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Only if needed. We have not applied fungicides to turf in at least 7 years.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Bayleton Triadimefon 432-1295 fungus if needed
      Daconil Chlorothalonil 9198-115 fungus if needed

    • Fungicides are applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Fungicide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      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
      Chinch Bug

      Other Turf Pest Problems
      No Pests (You are still required to complete the action plan)

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Weekly visual inspection

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      In house knowledge.

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

      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.
      Only if needed. We have not applied insecticides on turf for at least 7 years.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Mach 2 Halofenozide 62719-473 grubs if needed
      Merit Imidacloprid 432-1311 grubs if needed

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 
    • 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.
      Weekly visual inspection

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      In house knowledge.

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

      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.
      Only if needed. We have not applied herbicides to turf in at least 7 years.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Dimension Dithiopyr 62719-429 weeds if needed
      Roundup Pro Glyphosphate, Isopropylamine Salt 524-529 weeds if needed
      Pendimethalin Pendimethalin 53883-86 weeds if needed
      Confront Triethylamine triclopyr, Clopyralid triethanolamine 62719-92 weeds if needed
      Q4 Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride Alkyl dimethyl ethyl 211-40 weeds if needed

    • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 
    • Herbicide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Building perimetersShrubberyAuxillary structures

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Wasta removed on scheduled basis

      Light Management:
      Light is reduced on actual structures

      Excess Water Prevention:
      Spring cleanup of exteriorMaintenance of storm drains

      Noxious Weed Management:
      mowingphysical weed removal only

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      visual sightingphysical removal25B non-poisonous treatment

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      physical removal only

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      inspections for wasps, etc. in warm months

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

      Pests
      Stinging Insects

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)
      Yellow Jackets

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      verbal/written reports of sightings

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      PMP helps to pinpoint the species if necessary

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      physical removalspring cleanup (reduces potential nest areas)sanitation (reduces Yellow jacket foraging)25B sprays if needed

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      if other control methods fail

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone 12455-79 Mice & Rats Used if non-chemical procedures fail
      Eco-Exempt Jet Essential Oils N/A Wasp & Hornet Used if non-chemical procedures fail
      Proverde Wasp & Hornet Essential Oils N/A Wasp & Hornet Used if non chemical approach is ineffective
      Ecovia WD Essential Oils N/A Wasp & Hornet Used if non chemical approach is ineffective

    • 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. 
    • 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 Lexington High School, 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, Tom Drapeau has assigned committee memberRozzi Lisa 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, Tom Drapeau has assigned committee memberDavid Amicangioli 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 Lexington High 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
      Proverde Wasp & Hornet Essential Oils N/A Wasp & Hornet Used if non chemical approach is ineffective
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone 12455-79 Mice & Rats Used if non-chemical procedures fail
      Eco-Exempt Jet Essential Oils N/A Wasp & Hornet Used if non-chemical procedures fail
      Ecovia WD Essential Oils N/A Wasp & Hornet Used if non chemical approach is ineffective
      Mach 2 Halofenozide 62719-473 grubs if needed
      Merit Imidacloprid 432-1311 grubs if needed
      Dimension Dithiopyr 62719-429 weeds if needed
      Roundup Pro Glyphosphate, Isopropylamine Salt 524-529 weeds if needed
      Pendimethalin Pendimethalin 53883-86 weeds if needed
      Confront Triethylamine triclopyr, Clopyralid triethanolamine 62719-92 weeds if needed
      Q4 Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride Alkyl dimethyl ethyl 211-40 weeds if needed
      Bayleton Triadimefon 432-1295 fungus if needed
      Daconil Chlorothalonil 9198-115 fungus if needed


    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: 2/23/2005 2:23:00 PM
    Plan updated by Tom Drapeau on: 8/3/2021 7:26:00 AM