Pests can pose significant problems to people, property, and the environment. Pesticides pose similar risks. Students spend a great deal of time in schools and face greater potential for health effects resulting from pest and pesticide exposure. By reducing reliance on pesticides and incorporating low risk control options, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) reduces both pests and pesticide risks. It is therefore the policy of Fryeburg Academy to incorporate IPM procedures for controlling pests.
Integrated pest management procedures
IPM relies on pest monitoring and the most economical and least hazardous combination of cultural, physical, biological, and/or chemical controls to prevent unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage. Fryeburg Academy will develop a site plan for each locality on school property that may experience pest problems. These plans will incorporate IPM and outline specific management tactics.
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Pest management objectives
David Powers is the IPM Coordinator and he can be reached at 207 935-2066. He is responsible for overseeing implementation of the IPM Policy and site plans. The Coordinator's responsibilities include:
- Recording all pest sightings by school staff and students.
- Recording all pesticide use and making those records available.
- Making pesticide labels and material safety data sheets for all products applied available.
- Coordinating management activities with pest control contractors.
- Approving appropriate pesticide applications-methods, materials, timing, and location.
- Assuring that all of the pest control contractor's recommendations on maintenance and sanitation are carried out where feasible.
- Posting and notification of pesticide application.
- Evaluating the school's progress in implementing the IPM plan.
The school community will be educated about potential pest problems and IPM methods used to achieve the pest management objectives. IPM will involve people from all segments of the school community.
Pest sighting data sheets and pest control records will be kept current and accessible to verify the need for treatments and track the effectiveness of management activities. Pesticide records shall be maintained on site and meet the requirements of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control.
Fryeburg Academy will provide written notification at least 5 days before each high-risk pesticide application done during the regular school year. Signs will also be posted two working days before until 48 hours after high-risk treatments applied any time of year.
Pesticide storage and purchase
Pesticide purchases will be limited to the amount needed for use during the year. Pesticides will be stored in an appropriate, secure site that is not accessible to students or unauthorized personnel and disposed of in accordance with label directions and state regulations.
Any person applying pesticides on school grounds will be trained in the principles and practices of IPM and licensed as a commercial pesticide applicator by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control. Applicators must follow state regulations and label precautions and must comply with the School IPM Policy and pest management site plans.