Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District to create and maintain a healthy environment for our children, faculty, staff, visitors and others using our properties. The District implemented IPM procedures to protect human health by reducing pests that may cause health problems, reducing human exposures (especially for children) to pesticides and other toxins, reducing losses from pest damage to maintain the integrity of the school building and grounds, reducing environmental pollution, and potentially reducing fixed costs of pest control.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that utilizes regular monitoring and record-keeping to determine if and when treatments are needed. It employs a combination of strategies and tactics to prevent unacceptable damage or annoyance. Biological, cultural, physical, mechanical, educational, and chemical methods are used in site-specific combinations to solve the pest problem. Chemical controls are used only when needed and in the least-toxic formulation that is effective against the pest. ¹
1. Clyde Ogg and Erin Bauer, Integrated Pest Management in Sensitive Environments: A How To Guide, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012), 3.
IPM News will contain brief articles highlighting IPM-related activities and actions that may be of interest. They may contain links to other ICCSD pages or other websites for readers looking for more information.
The IPM Program consists of an IPM Plan and related documentation to ensure that ICCSD pest management activities comply with the requirements of the IPM Policy and meet the needs of students, staff, parents, and the public.
The District will establish guidelines and operating procedures that address the following topics: IPM Committee; IPM Coordinator; Communications; Education/Training; Inspection, Monitoring and Action Thresholds; Pesticide Use, Scheduling, Storage, and Certified Applicators; Product Selection; Notification, Postings, and Re-entry times; Record Keeping; and Program Evaluation.
Using least-hazardous control methods (cultural, physical, biological, or chemical) IPM relies on pest monitoring and prevention methods to mitigate unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage. Non-chemical methods will be used as the first means of pest prevention and control. If non-chemical methods are ineffective based on documented post-procedural evaluations, only then may chemical controls be considered for use. (from IPM Policy)
For more information see the Pesticides page.
The IPM Program is led by two ICCSD employees. Deputy Director of Facilities Management Dave McKenzie has been appointed IPM Coordinator by ICCSD administration, and is responsible for operation of the IPM Program. Besides overall coordination, Dave supervises the indoor pest control program, which is performed mainly by a commercial pest control service company. Grounds Manager Ben Grimm has developed an extensive outdoor IPM program, and is responsible for managing the outdoor portion of the program and the ICCSD Grounds staff that implement it.
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