Contracting a Pest Management Professional for IPM

OK, here’s a quiz: What do the IPM coordinator, food services manager, maintenance and operations director, and administrators have in common? Yes, they all work at this school. Yes, they’re all part of the school’s
Integrated Pest Management program. Yes, they can all be involved in contracting
with a pest management professional. And …yes, they all should insist on using IPM. For those of you who nodded off in the back of class,
let’s review what IPM is: it’s a pest management strategy that focuses
on prevention and long-term solutions. A pest management professional can help you with this. A pest management professional is someone
licensed to do pest control for hire. They know what they’re doing.
They know their pests, they know their techniques. They can monitor for pests
and point out potential issues. This will save your staff time, allowing your school to
tend to all the other necessary maintenance and repair. When you’re hiring a pest management professional,
make sure they have the appropriate license. In California, visit the websites of the Department of Pesticide Regulation and the Structural Pest Control Board for information. In other states, be sure to
check your local requirements. This is Roberta, the IPM coordinator, Glenn – Maintenance and Operations Director – and Sidney, a Contract Analyst. They are in the process of hiring
a pest control professional. They started the meeting by reviewing
their school’s IPM policy. Once hired, the contractor’s first job will be to do an initial inspection and make recommendations about repairs, cleanup, and other preventive actions. But right now our team is preparing the contract for the job. Their contract will: Include ongoing monitoring to look for signs
of pests and potential pest problems. It will specify that the school needs
a written report after each service that says what pests were found
and what actions were taken. It will have a requirement that non-chemical practices –
like using sticky traps – are preferred. This team even requires that low-risk pesticides –
like self-contained baits – should be used first. The IPM coordinator will include a list of
allowed pesticides, and a list of prohibited ones. The team will let the pest management professional know
that regularly scheduled applications are not what they want. Their contract will require that the pest management
professional tell the IPM coordinator in advance of any use of pesticides, so that
the school can notify parents and staff. And it will specify that applications should
occur only when students are not present. Now that’s a plan of action. Keep in mind
the main priority is always to protect the kids. Once you start working with a pest management
professional, review the contract each year. And make sure the services they’re providing
are the ones you need. Of course even the best
professional needs a little help, so make sure that school staff follow through
with the contractor’s recommendations. And communicate with
everyone involved in this process, to make sure the contract requirements
and school needs are met. So now you know how to do IPM at your school.
And you know how to turn the job over to a pro. OK team, this group is ready!
When they apply what they’ve learned, their school will be able to prevent pests and they’ll be
armed and ready to take on their next persistent pest. Speaking of pests, that rat we had trouble with
at the beginning behaved very well in front of the camera. Oh man!

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