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School Integrated Pest Management. Incorporating an IPM Approach. VelRey Lozano, IPM Coordinator, EPA Region 8 303-312-6128. What is IPM?. Common sense approach to managing pests and pest control It’s a safer and more cost effective solution to pest control

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school integrated pest management

School Integrated Pest Management

Incorporating an IPM Approach

VelRey Lozano, IPM Coordinator, EPA Region 8


what is ipm
What is IPM?
  • Common sense approach to managing pests and pest control
  • It’s a safer and more cost effective solution to pest control

Useful in all situations; schools, homes, working establishments

why the need for ipm
Why the need for IPM?
  • Children spend up to 80% of their time in schools.
  • IPM is important because it looks for the best way to manage pest problems with the least possible damage to the environment, people and even property.
  • IPM programs take advantage of all pest management strategies, including judicious careful use of pesticides when necessary.
common school pests
Common School Pests
  • Head lice
  • Bees/wasps
  • Rodents
  • Ants
  • Flies
  • Cockroaches
  • Termites
  • Weeds
  • Potentially bed bugs
pesticides use in schools
Pesticides Use in Schools
  • 70-93% use pesticide
  • indoors, outdoor
  • in-house, contract
  • routine, calendar applications or as-needed applications
identification identify the issue
Identification -Identify the issue
  • What is the pest?
  • Where is it coming from?
  • Why is it coming?
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
monitoring inspection
Monitoring & Inspection
  • Visual inspections
  • Sticky traps
importance of identification
Importance of Identification
  • German Cockroach vs. Oriental Cockroach
  • Pharaoh Ant vs. Pavement Ant
  • European Paper Wasp vs. Yellow Jackets

Identification is necessary for deciding how you are going to manage your pest problem

pest thresholds or tolerances
Pest Thresholds or Tolerances
  • Part of an IPM program is setting pest threshold levels or tolerance levels.
    • Vectors
    • Nuisance
exclusion sanitation
Exclusion& Sanitation
  • Building repairs
    • Installing door sweeps
    • Screening
    • Caulking
  • Cultural changes
    • Using storage containers
    • Trash handling
    • Modifying food access
    • Minimizing materials
ipm outdoors
IPM Outdoors
  • Landscapes
    • Mowing heights
    • Watering regimen
    • Fertilizer selection
    • Rock and mulch barriers
    • Plant selection and maintenance
when you call a professional
When you call a professional
  • Ask them how they treat pest problems.
    • They need to identify the pest
  • Ask them about the products they use
    • They should provide MSDS info on chemicals used
  • Don’t expect a PCO to ”do it all.”
    • Pest management in your school depends on all school staff
cost of ipm
Cost of IPM

Depends on how you are measuring costs?

  • Effectiveness of program, safety in pesticide reduction, reduction in illness
  • Time, materials costs, routine monitoring
epa sipm
  • The future of School IPM
    • 5 year plan to implement “Verifiable” School Integrated Pest Management Programs
    • EPA is developing national standards for IPM so understanding of the program expands and is consistent
    • R8 – Support and expand the number of schools who are implementing “verifiable IPM”
chemical incompatiblities
Chemical incompatiblities

Bleach - - Ammonia - - Acetone


VelRey Lozano, IPM Coordinator

EPA Region 8 (8P-P3T)

1595 Wynkoop Street

Denver, CO 80202-1129


bed bug integrated pest management

Bed BugIntegrated Pest Management

bed bug ipm in the school
Bed Bug IPM in the school
  • Education
  • How to identify bed bugs
  • Prevention
  • How to solve problem/What to do
bed bug myths
Bed Bug Myths


  • “Only “dirty people” get bed bugs.”
  • “Bed bugs are only found in places like apartments where people are crowded together”
  • “Bed bugs are only a problem for low – income people.”
bed bug identification
Bed Bug Identification
  • Adult bed bugs are visible to the naked eye
  • They are brown and about ¼ – 3/8” long when full - grown.
  • In the nymph stages, bed bugs are whitish and smaller, but they are still often visible.
  • They don't fly, but they are adept crawlers, and they move FAST! –They scatter quickly if they’re disturbed
  • Your school needs to decide upon and develop a bed bug awareness program.
  • Providing identification information is the best info to provide.
  • The biggest issue with bed bugs in schools is ostracizing students if they are suspected of having bed bugs.
bed bug treatments
Bed Bug Treatments
  • Prevention
  • Heat treatment
  • Steam treatment
  • Chemicals