Scott Johnson of Wachusett Pest Control, 978-928-4100.
By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Catherine Ham, of this Daycare and the Pest Management Professionals described above acknowledge, and agree to the terms of this INDOOR integrated pest management plan.
In compliance with the Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides, Little Wonders on 7/17/2013 2:45:00 PM has prepared the following indoor IPM plan. By centralizing all of the information about this facilityís pest management practices the plan serves as a guide to direct this facilityís IPM coordinator, Catherine Ham , about pest control and pesticide use.
This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the Little Wonders 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.
The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Little Wonders 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 Little Wonders has selected the following as itís IPM 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.
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 INDOOR committee members selected for the Little Wonders are listed below:
1) Catherine Ham (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY
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 or teachers who then pass information onto the IPM coordinator.
E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF
- All staff will recieve IPM training.
- Training will include pest reporting procedures, prevention straegies, and adminstative procedures for reporting to staff and families of any pesticides that will be applied.
- IPM trainings will take place one time per year at a scheduled staff meeting. Reminders will be communicated as needed during the school year.
- Catherine Ham will provide the training one time per year and as needed for new staff members.
- No other trainings are needed.
F. INDOOR MONITORING
The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, Little Wonders has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of daily inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of daily inspections.
The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: Reports from facility personnel (pest reporting forms) would prompt the IPM coordinator to setup monitoring traps, which would be used to identity the pest and determine its abundance.
G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR INDOOR PESTS
The School's IPM approach to managing the indoor pests includes the following actions:
|SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION|
|Pests are not an issues at our school.|
|SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS|
|We will have an occasion hornet outside.|
|SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY|
|Currently and Historically our facility is not bothered by pests.|
|If a pest is observed by any one on the staff they are to report it to the program dicector.|
|Our building is kept clean. Food and liquids are managed by one person to ensure safety and a pest free school.|
|ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER|
|Food is always kept in closed containers and open water is not permitted.|
|ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE|
|Screens are used on open windows. Doors are always shut. Food and beverages are stored in closed containers. Trash is taken out during and at the end of each day. Classrooms and Kitchen and bathrooms are cleaned every day.|
|If a pest is located in the building it is killed and taken out to the trash can outside.|
|PESTICIDE USE ATTESTATION:|
|Pesticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator.|
|Only pesticides allowed under the Children's and Families' Protection Act are used indoors.|
H. RECORD KEEPING
In the case of Little Wonders, INDOOOR monitoring records will be maintained through the following technique: The use of forms which will be filled out by the person monitoring the facility
I. EVALUATING THE PROGRAM
The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually .
J. IN THE EVENT OF A HEALTH EMERGENCY
During the creation of this IPM plan, Catherine Ham has assigned committee member Catherine Ham with the responsibility of applying for an emergency waiver.
K. LIST OF PESTICIDES TO BE USED INSIDE THE FACILITY
The following list includes all the pesticides that will be used inside the Little Wonders. This list includes all herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that will be used in the event that chemical is required.
I attest, to the best of my knowledge, that the above information is complete, accurate and true
|IPM Coordinator Signature||Date|
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|Administrator, Director, or Principal||Date|
Indoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 4/23/2010 9:12:00 AM
Plan updated by Catherine Ham on: 7/17/2013 2:45:00 PM