INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: Lebanon School District utilizes integrated pest management.Should you notice pests in your building, report the sighting to a custodian. If you are able to catch it, you should, for identification purposes. Give specific information so it may be entered in the pest-sighting logbook.
You may also reference your Crisis Response Manual for proper protocol.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association have jointly developed a program for pest management in schools that they call “integrated pest management” (IPM). IPM regulations provide strict guidelines on the use of pesticides. The Lebanon School Board of Directors has adopted the IPM guidelines as the manner in which we are to handle pests in our district.
IPM is a common sense method for controlling pests by using the least hazardous approach. The use of pesticides is limited and only used as a last resort. Preferred methods to control pests include such things as eliminating food sources by sealing food in tight containers and removing food from areas where it is not needed. Another way to control pests is to seal the building through the use of caulking and wire mesh to prevent the entry of mice or bugs from the outside.
We will not be applying pesticides in occupied areas. All applications of pesticides and herbicides will be made by licensed applicators. Treated areas will be posted at least three days before and two days after the application. You can find more information on IPM at the website: www.http://paipm.cas.psu.edu