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Introduction to the Principles of Integrated Pest Management for Custodians . Your name, title, and school district. What is Integrated Pest Management?. Integrated Pest Management, or “IPM” A way of managing pests that takes human health and the environment into consideration

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    1. Introduction to the Principles of Integrated Pest Management forCustodians Your name, title, and school district

    2. What is Integrated Pest Management? Integrated Pest Management, or “IPM” A way of managing pests that takes human health and the environment into consideration A proactive approach to pest management. The focus is on preventionof pests by reducing the conditions that encourage pests: food, water, shelter sources. Allows for the use of lowest toxicity pesticides, which are used only after trying non-chemical, common sense measures (exception: pest emergencies). Jennifer L. Snyder

    3. What is Integrated Pest Management? Jennifer L. Snyder

    4. IPM…why? Kids are tactile, they touch everything Kids have more surface area compared to body weight than adults have Kids put a lot of things in their mouth, nose, eyes Kids have more heartbeats per minute, more air pumped in…greater exposure to airborne pollutants Dr. Jonathan Lee-Melk, M.D. Copper Queen Community Hospital, Douglas, Arizona Children are NOT little adults Same amount of pesticide = more toxic to kids than adults

    5. IPM…why? Benefits…. Fewer pests, fewer pesticides = fewer asthma triggers, and improved student attendance, performance Everyone doing “their part” results in better cooperation among staff Improved energy efficiency, natural overlap in compliance with other programs (e.g., indoor air quality, fire and safety, energy efficiency etc.) Long term cost savings to district Jennifer L. Snyder

    6. How Does IPMWork? (Pesticides) Let’s examine each tier of this pyramid closely, from a custodian’s perspective and duties… Physical & Mechanical Sanitation & Behavior EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION Jennifer L. Snyder

    7. How Does IPMWork? Let’s begin with Education & Communication…. EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION Jennifer L. Snyder

    8. How Does IPMWork? Preventing pests is easier than dealing with pest infestations Pest prevention includes identifying and reducing: • FOODand/or • WATERand/or • SHELTER Most school staff do not realize what attracts pests…there begins the education Jennifer L. Snyder

    9. How Does IPMWork? • Most school staff do not realize what attracts pests…. Jennifer L. Snyder

    10. How Does IPMWork? • Most school staff do not realize what attracts pests…. • Custodians often interact with teachers, kitchen staff, and administrators • Custodians are often aware of the food, water, shelter issues that encourage pests • Custodians are in a great position to EDUCATE and COMMUNICATE with staff about pests, and the food, water, shelter sources that staff need to reduce in their work space Jennifer L. Snyder

    11. How Does IPMWork? Let’s look at some examples of sanitation & behavior, and how custodians can help in their day-to-day duties Note that education and communication remain fundamental Sanitation & Behavior EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION Jennifer L. Snyder

    12. How Does IPMWork? Sanitation & behavior • Food in classrooms is enormously pest conducive • Appliances in classrooms only make it worse • But it’s not likely to change Jennifer L. Snyder

    13. How Does IPMWork? Sanitation & behavior Custodians may encourage teachers to… • …see the connection between pests (ants, mice, etc.) and food in the classroom • …keep all food (including desk food) in containers with snap-tight or screw-top lids • …consider designating a snack area in the classroom, get students to help with clean up, and opt for foods that produce fewer crumbs/mess Jennifer L. Snyder

    14. How Does IPMWork? Sanitation & behavior • Custodians should make sure to vacuum/sweep corners, behind doors, and along the wall base • Pests gather in these areas for shelter, food scraps, etc. • Encourage teachers to reduce clutter and move items up off the floor to allow for cleaning Jennifer L. Snyder

    15. How Does IPMWork? Perhaps you are beginning to see how all staff have a role in pest prevention, and custodians are key educators about those roles Let’s examine the next tier of IPM: physical & mechanical methods Physical & Mechanical Sanitation & Behavior EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION Jennifer L. Snyder

    16. How Does IPMWork? Preventative maintenance Jennifer L. Snyder

    17. How Does IPMWork? Cockroaches Crickets Mice Rats Spiders Tree frogs Cockroaches Ants Spiders Preventative maintenance Ants Cockroaches Mice Rats Spiders Bees Flies Wasps Jennifer L. Snyder

    18. How Does IPMWork? Preventative maintenance Jennifer L. Snyder

    19. How Does IPMWork? Feral cats Rats Skunks Squirrells Preventative maintenance Ants Mice Spiders Bats Birds Bird mites Hibernating wasps Jennifer L. Snyder

    20. How Does IPM Work? Preventative maintenance • “Light” inspections during course of daily duties • Focus on maintenance-oriented fixes to food, water, shelter sources • Look high and low • Keep in mind the pests your school deals with • Report issues and/or fill out a work order • Prioritize maintenance needs in areas with existing or chronic pest issues Jennifer L. Snyder

    21. How Does IPMWork? (Pesticides) As you’ve just seen, EVERYONE has a role in IPM, and custodians are often the “educators” Now let’s look at the last component of an IPM program: pesticides Physical & Mechanical Sanitation & Behavior EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION Jennifer L. Snyder

    22. School IPM & pesticides Pesticides can be applied legally in Oregon schools: • But NOT for “routine” pest management, or for purely preventative or aesthetic purposes • If used afterother measures fail (sanitation, staff education, maintenance, etc.) …OR… as a first resort in cases of declared pest emergencies (declared by IPM Coordinator) • With proper posting and notification • “Caution” label products only (except in cases of declared pest emergencies) • If the applicator holds a license Pesticide licensing options available from the Oregon Department of Agriculture: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/Pages/licensing_index.aspx Jennifer L. Snyder

    23. How Does IPM Work? Where to begin? • Inspect • Monitor • Use sticky monitoring or other traps & keep a log! • Use natural monitors • Let teachers, admin, kitchen staff know how they can report pests • For more on inspecting and monitoring, refer to that presentation in the OSU School IPM Program Custodial Training Guide Jennifer L. Snyder