The Children's Gathering
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
101 Cedar Street
Wakefield, MA 01880


IPM Coordinator
Laurie-anne Chan

Primary Contact
Laurie-anne Chan, 781 246 3761, childrengather@gmail.com
This Daycare has a contract with
  • John Valerand of Needham Woburn Pest Control, 781 891 5313.

    By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Laurie-anne Chan, of this Daycare and the Pest Management Professionals described above acknowledge, and agree to the terms of this INDOOR integrated pest management plan.


    A .INTRODUCTION

      In compliance with the Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides, The Children's Gathering on 11/9/2014 6:39:00 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,  Laurie-anne Chan , about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the The Children's Gathering 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.

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the The Children's Gathering are listed below.

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    • Reduce childrenís exposure to pesticides and pesticide residues whenever possible.
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    • Manage pests that may occur on facilities to prevent interference with the learning environment of the students.
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    • Provide the safest playing or athletic surfaces possible.

      In light of these objectives, the The Children's Gathering has selected the following as itís 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:

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    • Develop an IPM plan. The IPM plan is in essence, a document that describes the organization and implementation of IPM on school grounds.
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    • Evaluate progress of the IPM program.
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    • Communicate about IPM - Facilitate communication within the school about IPM practices.
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    • Assist in development of contract specifications.
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    • Provide notification to parents about pesticide use.

      The INDOOR committee members selected for the The Children's Gathering are listed below:
      1) Laurie-anne Chan (Indoor IPM Coordinator)


    D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY

      The Pest Management Professional communicates with the IPM coordinator at the facility. The IPM coordinator then communicates the information to staff and posts this information in a common viewing area for families.

      Staff/Students communicate with their supervisors or teachers who then pass information onto the IPM coordinator.


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

    • IPM coordinator to be trained by Pest Management Professional
    • Training content will cover pest-reporting procedures and pest prevention strategies such as sanitation.
    • Owner is sole person reaponsible for the IPM plan maintenance and trainings
    • IPM is updated manually by owner and consultation of Pest Management professional
    • N/A


    F. INDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, The Children's Gathering has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of daily inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of quarterly 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 Gathering:
      • Ants
      • Rats & Mice

      The School's IPM approach to managing the indoor pests includes the following actions:

      SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
      small and large ants had been present (not at the same time) over two years ago

      SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
      Ants had been in the classrooms. A rat and mice had been baited in the basement of the building

      SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
      In the last six months there has been more rat activity in the are than there had been in recent years and it was determined that mice were present in the ceiling of the third floor of the building with in the past month yet no signs of activity in the classrooms. If more than a couple ants are seen we will contact NW Pest, and if one mouse or rat is seen we will contact NW Pest immediately

      MONITORING/INSPECTION
      Our Pest Management company conducts inspections quarterly or if a pest or signs of action were found we would contact them for additional inspection and or service

      ELIMINATING ACCESS
      Bait stations have been set up on perimeter and inside the basement of the building and monitored by NW Pest Control

      ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
      all food containers are kept closed and water is turned off

      ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
      no low lying vegitation is planted next to the building

      NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
      sticky bords have been used

      CHEMICAL CONTROLS
      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 Gathering, INDOOOR monitoring records will be maintained through the following technique:  NW Pest monitors the facility and provides IPM coordinator with a completed form of findinggs and actions - if any


    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, Laurie-anne Chan has assigned committee member Laurie -anne Chan 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 Gathering. This list includes all herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that will be used in the event that chemical is required.

      Pesticide
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA
      Registration #
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Weather Blok XT Brodifacoum .005 10182-339 mice/rats not in use at this time
      Tempo 1% Dust Cyfluthrin 3125-569 wasps/honets/bees/yello jacket/ants not in use at this time
      Dual Choice Ant Bait N-ehthyl perfluorooctanessulfonamide 500 11540-20 ants not in use at this time
      Drux Ant Kil Gel orthoboric acid 5.0 9444-131 ants not in use at this time
      Drax kil-pf orthiboric acid 5.0 9444-135 ants not in use at this time



    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: 7/31/2013 8:57:00 PM
    Plan updated by Laurie-anne Chan on: 11/9/2014 6:39:00 PM