Policy Statement

Realizing that structural pests and the pesticides used to treat them may pose significant hazards to people, property, and the environment, it is the practice of the Iredell Statesville Schools to follow Integrated Pest Management (hereafter referred to as IPM) procedures for the control of structural pests at their facilities.  Strategies for managing pest populations will be determined by pest species and the threat posed.

The goal of the IPM program is to prevent unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage.  IPM procedures will determine when to control pests and whether mechanical, physical, chemical, cultural, or biological measures are to be employed.  When it is determined that a pesticide must be used to meet pest management objectives, the least hazardous material will be chosen.  The application of such pesticides is subject to the regulations of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pest Management Objectives

The pest management objectives of the Iredell Statesville Schools are as follows:

A.    Manage pests that may be found on site to prevent interference with the work or learning environment.

B.    Protect the health of and eliminate injury to building occupants.

C.    Preserve the integrity of building and structures.

Education of Building Occupants

Staff education and training are important to the success of an in-house IPM program. Therefore, the Integrated Pest Management program includes a commitment to the education of the building occupants.

At the facility, staff will be instructed in the basic concepts of IPM, how the principles are being applied in their particular situation and how their own behavior can increase or decrease pest problems.  Specific instructions will be provided on what to do and what not to do.  For example, staff will be told not to bring and use their own pesticides at department facilities, move sticky traps or other pest monitoring devices, or prop open windows or screens in kitchens.  All pesticide products, including those purchased at a retail store are to be applied only by properly trained and qualified personnel.

Inspection Activities

A pesticide contractor or staff member, certified/licensed in a manner approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and selected in an appropriate process, will be responsible for initial inspections.  This will include an inspection of both the interior and the exterior of the facility for pest activity and conditions conducive to pests.  Findings are to be kept on a Pest Surveillance Data Sheet.  To note pest activity, recorded information will include actual sightings of pests and such evidence of pests as cast skins, dropping, or damage.  Information recorded relative to conditions conducive to pests existence will include sanitation problems, moisture sources, and areas where pests may enter buildings.   

Monitoring Activities

The selected pesticide contractor  or licensed staff member will also be responsible for monitoring activities.  The monitoring program will include placement of sticky traps designed for cockroaches and other crawling insects along wall/floor junctions, on vertical surfaces, behind appliances, in closets and cabinets, on shelves, and other areas where insects have been seen.  Other components of the monitoring program will include:

A.    A floor plan of the facility showing the number and location of each trap.

B.    Periodic inspection of each trap at no greater than monthly intervals with the following information recorded on a Pest Surveillance Data Sheet:

1.     Date checked

2.     Trap number and location

3.     Trap condition- either clean or in need of being replaced.

4.     Numbers and species of insects trapped

5.  Other evidence of pest - cast skin, droppings, etc. or pest damage.

6.  Any other indication of need for pest management.

C.  Replacement of the traps when the adhesive is no longer tacky or when trap is full, whichever comes first.

D.    Removal and disposal of the insects trapped - after numbers are recorded and identification is confirmed - to prevent counting specimens more than once and to prevent their use as food by other insects or rodents.

Evaluation of IPM Strategies

Evaluation procedures for the IPM program will include a periodic review of the inspection reports and Pest Surveillance Data Sheets to observe increases or decreases in pest activity and any correlation’s between such changes and pest management action taken.  Results will be compared with the pest management objectives.  If necessary, the program will be altered to better achieve the objectives.