Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a systematic strategy for managing pests which considers prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression. Where chemical pesticides are necessary, a preference is given to materials and methods which maximize public safety and reduce environmental risk.
It is the responsibility of the school districts to create and maintain an IPM plan for their school. Schools must include mosquito control in their Outdoor IPM plans if they intend to request mosquito control service(s) on and around the school property. Schools may find it necessary to have school property treated to reduce either the annoyance of adult mosquitos and/or the risk of those mosquitos that may be carrying virus, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). This can include catch basin treatments, larviciding, adulticiding, and/or barrier treatment. Although ultra-low volume pesticide applications (“adulticiding”) are usually done in the evening, night and/or early morning, the fact that pesticides are being used on school property triggers compliance with the Children and Families Protection Act.
The purpose of 333 CMR 14.00 is to promote the implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques and to establish those standards, requirements, and procedures necessary to minimize the risk of unreasonable adverse effects on human health and the environment regarding the use of pesticides within a school, daycare center or school age child care program facility.
This is an aid for schools to create an IPM Plan
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