The Children's Center
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
115 Sisson Road
Harwich, MA 02646
Abigail Newberry-West, 508 432-0152, email@example.com
The Children's Center employs Erik Jensen, an on-site certified and/or licensed pesticide applicator (certification/license #: 31125) who may be called on to manage all or some of the necessary INDOOR pest problems that may arise.
By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Abigail Newberry, 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, The Children's Center on 6/22/2016 10:14:00 AM 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, Abigail Newberry , about pest control and pesticide use.
This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the The Children's 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.
The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the The Children's 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 The Children's Center has selected the following as itís IPM 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.
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 The Children's Center are listed below:
1) Abigail Newberry (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
2) Abigail Newberry
3) Ed Rubel
D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY
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 or teachers who then pass information onto the IPM coordinator.
E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF
- Property manager and Director
- Training content will cover pest reporting, pest prevention strategies and safety
- email reminders sent to staff along with monthly newsletters from local cpc''s
- IPM training is offered through local cpc''s and childcare network workshops.
- Staff will be reminded during staff meetings, to clean lunch and snack areas well, be aware of the lunches in the cubby room, to through food away that families have left behind in the cubby area and to clean the kitchen out well every day.
F. INDOOR MONITORING
The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, The Children's Center has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of daily inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of semimonthly inspections.
The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: The facilityís 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 INDOOR PESTS
The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at The Children's Center:
The School's IPM approach to managing the indoor pests includes the following actions:
|SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION |
|small ants |
|SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS |
|toddler room window sills, space between wall to wall carpet and linolium in the main hallway, same inbetween the office and preschool room. |
|SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY |
|Ants can be found in the office during the Spring. They are usually found in the foundation. Ants can also be found in the toddler classroom and preshool room at times. |
|The mint spray is used along with being diligent about cleaning up after lunch and snack. |
|ELIMINATING ACCESS |
|The cracks betweeen the wall to wall carpets and linolium have been covered with weather stripping type material. Staff has been educated about food and ants and instructed to clean thoroughly every day.There are no droppings in the school only in the basement and a small amount at that. |
|ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER |
|Staff has been told that it is important to clean every area in the school well. To clean out cubbies and not leave food out. If juice spills they are to mop the area as soon as the children are away from the room. |
|ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE |
|We have put weather stripping material over the areas that seem to have been the source in the past. Seeling up any holes. |
|NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS |
|We have sealed the entry ways, cleaned the floor (area) where we have seen ants,vacuumed and practice good sanitation procedures. |
|PESTICIDE USE ATTESTATION: |
|Pesticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. |
|Pesticides are used only when monitoring has shown that pests are present and when the use of the pesticide is justified or in the case of an emergency situation. |
|Only pesticides allowed under the Children's and Families' Protection Act are used indoors. |
H. RECORD KEEPING
In the case of The Children's Center, INDOOOR monitoring records will be maintained through the following technique: Volunteer (parent or staff) will interview the person monitoring the facility following the scheduled inspection and fill out the necessary information.
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, Abigail Newberry-West has assigned committee member Abigail Newberry 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 The Children's Center. This list includes all herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that will be used in the event that chemical is required.
|eco exempt G ||plant iol || ||small ants ||non toxic |
|eco exempt D clove oil dust ||clove oil || ||small ants ||non toxic |
|Victor Poison free ant and roach killer ||Mint oil || ||small ants ||non toxic, safe for young children |
I attest, to the best of my knowledge, that the above information is complete, accurate and true
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|IPM Coordinator Signature ||Date |
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|________________________________________________ ||__/______/___ |
|Administrator, Director, or Principal ||Date |
Indoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 5/17/2007 12:54:00 PM
Plan updated by Abigail Newberry-West on: 6/22/2016 10:14:00 AM