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Home > Plants, Pests & Pest Control > Pest Management > Integrated Pest Management Program > Developing an IPM Policy Statement for Your School District

Developing an IPM Policy Statement for Your School District

A first step in developing your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is drafting an IPM policy. An IPM policy is a valuable way to clearly and concisely state the District's approach to pest management and pesticide use issues. A policy provides a guideline to employees concerning the pest management practices used in the district. Crafting an IPM policy should include opportunities to involve people directly affected by the policy as well as the public (stakeholders such as parents, teachers, students, staff, administration, and the community). An IPM policy should be based on generally accepted principles of integrated pest management, including:

  • strategies that rely on the best combination of pest management tactics that maximize human health and environmental protection;
  • proper identification of pest problems;
  • monitoring the school and grounds to determine when and where pests are present and the best time to implement a pest management tactic;
  • establishing thresholds, the point at which corrective action is taken, for each pest;
  • using non-chemical management strategies including: exclusion of pests from sites and buildings using maintenance practices; adapting cleaning activities and maintaining proper sanitation to minimize the number of pests; the use of mechanical methods to control identified pests;
  • preferential use of least-toxic chemical controls when pesticides are needed; pesticides are handled and applied in ways with the least exposure to persons as is practicable;
  • Recordkeeping to track pest management successes and problems; to fine tune pest management strategies; and for accurate communication with stakeholders; and
  • Designing future buildings and landscapes to prevent pests.

The following statement is offered as a model that can be adopted as is, or modified to suit your district's needs:

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