Communicating with Teachers and Staff
To be successful, an IPM program requires a high level of communication and cooperation among administration, staff, and the pest management professional. Everyone has a part to play in improving pest management in schools and childcare facilities.
School Administrators: - Ultimate decision makers - Responsible for IPM policy development - Designate an IPM Coordinator - Follow up to assure implementation of pest managerís recommendations - Support the staff and pest managerís IPM efforts IPM Coordinator: - Maintains records of all pest sightings by school staff and students - Serves as the primary contact for the pest control professional - Communicates the pest manager's recommendations related to maintenance and sanitation to school staff and administrators - Assures that pest management practices are consistent with the IPM policy - Maintains written records of pest management activities including any pesticide applications - Serves as a contact person to members of the school community interested in pest management practices - Evaluates the IPM program on a regular basis Teachers, staff, and students: - Report pest sightings to the IPM Coordinator - Implement the pest managerís recommendations to reduce pests Pest Management Professionals: - Perform monthly inspections and monitor for pest activity - Recommend repairs, clean up, and maintenance as needed to reduce pest potential - Identify pests and determine pest management options - Apply pesticide if needed - Maintain records of pest management activities and provide copies to the school
IPM Fact Sheets
The following fact sheets may be used with teachers and staff to communicate proper IPM practices. These documents are available in PDF format. Why use IPM? An introduction to IPM for teachers, staff, or parents IPM Checklist A list of 12 essential IPM practices Classroom Pests Nonchemical strategies for reducing pest problems in classrooms Pests and Clutter Why pests and clutter go hand-in-hand and some tips for reducing clutter Trash Management Reducing pest activity around schools via proper handling of food waste Working with a Pest Control Service Tips for working with a pest control service in an IPM program