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1 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools-Pilot Project- Essex/Hudson Counties

2 School Pilot Projects Essex/Hudson County CEHA Program Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Project in Schools Implement a pilot IPM project at three schools in the county currently using conventional pest management practices. Upon completion of the project, an analysis between conventional pest management practices and the alternative methods involved in IPM will be examined to determine changes in pesticide usage, cost of implementing IPM vs. a conventional approach, as well as the reduction of potential risk to pesticide exposure.

3 School Pilot Projects Essex/Hudson County CEHA Program Implementation: NJDEP-Pesticide Control Program (PCP) will assist in training county health officials in the fundamentals of IPM, including established minimum criteria Upon selection of participating school(s), a meeting with school officials, County staff and PCP staff will be necessary to discuss:  The scope of the IPM project  Implementation timetable to be adhered to  County officials’ project responsibilities in cooperation with the participating school

4 School Pilot Projects Essex/Hudson County CEHA Program County officials will communicate with NJDEP-PCP throughout the course of the project to assess its’ progress Through inspection of pest management records, an initial assessment of current and past practices Routine monitoring visits documented by County personnel, with reports provided to PCP Final report to include, but not limited to:  Pest populations Comparison of conventional vs. IPM pest control program  Success in implementation of IPM pest control program Recommendations for improvement

5 School Pilot Projects Essex/Hudson County CEHA Program Hudson County 3 schools - Jersey City elementary school and day care center - North Bergen elementary school all outside contractors for pest control - custodial applications in some instances 3-story structures with basements yrs old Common control methods needed structural, sanitation, exclusion and removal of standing water Rodents, ants and cockroaches primary pests Day care center on first floor with unfinished basement and apartments

6 School Pilot Projects Essex/Hudson County CEHA Program Essex County 3 schools - South Orange/Maplewood School district, East Orange and Millburn all outside contractors for pest control initial visits to review previous pest control practices and review record keeping Contract bid requiring “extermination service twice monthly in the entire building, each room or area, with special attention for critical areas-no deviation from this contractual requirement”

7 Clear overgrown plantings and excessive weed growth to eliminate harborage for pests Landscape plantings offer pests access to buildings. Landscape

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9 Thoroughly inspect grounds on a routine basis for evidence of debris which provide ideal breeding grounds for pests. Limit the use of pesticides in areas accessed by children. School grounds

10 Keep areas under kitchen equipment clean and dry. Store dish washing racks only after they are cleaned and dried. These are preferred hiding places for many pests. Kitchen

11 Do not store items within cardboard boxes. Unpack cartons and utilize shelving. Rotate inventory-”first in-first out” Discard or reject delivery of leaky or damaged goods. Correct Incorrect Dry Storage Area

12 Pest problems can be very severe in the school cafeteria. Sanitation is essential. Close, careful inspection of eating areas is very important. All garbage cans need to be covered. Remove garbage from the cafeteria on a daily basis. Cafeteria

13 Store classroom items in a well kept manner to facilitate pest inspections. Remove excess clutter and enable access to exits Keep areas near windows and doors clear. Classrooms

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15 All coats and backpacks should be placed on hooks or separate cubicles-NOT ON THE FLOOR! Classrooms

16 Many pest species use classroom sinks as a water source.Cleanliness in this area is a must. Food and beverages in the classroom in designated areas only. Rinse beverage containers before disposal in covered garbage cans. Classrooms

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20 After Before

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25  Prevent pest populations through sanitation Remember the Four Steps of IPM

26 ….and exclusion practices. Remember the Four Steps of IPM

27  Apply pesticides only as needed.  Select the least hazardous pesticide to control the pests. Remember the Four Steps of IPM

28  Target pesticides to areas not contacted by or accessible to the students, faculty or staff. Remember the Four Steps of IPM

29  Target pesticides to areas not contacted by or accessible to the students, faculty or staff. Remember the Four Steps of IPM

30  Target pesticides to areas not contacted by or accessible to the students, faculty or staff. Remember the Four Steps of IPM

31 Ann R Waters, Outreach Coordinator NJ DEP Pesticide Control Program PO Box 411, Trenton, NJ (609) Acknowledgements: Clay W. Scherer, University of Florida Matthew B. Downey, University of Florida School IPM World Wide Web Site Entomology and Nematology Department Copyright University of Florida 1998


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