Per the Healthy School Act, following is the Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) for Pasadena Christian Preschool.
Address: 1485 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104; Phone Number: 626.791.1214
IPM Coordinator: Director of Environmental Services
Integrated Pest Management Plan
IPM Statement: It is the goal of Pasadena Christian Preschool to implement IPM by focusing on long-term prevention or suppression of pests through accurate pest identification, by frequent monitoring for pest presence, by applying appropriate action levels, and by making the habitat less conducive to pests using sanitation and mechanical and physical controls. Pesticides that are effective will be used in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment, and only after the other options have been show ineffective
Our pest management objectives are to:
- Focus on long-term pest prevention
- Focus on natural, mechanical and/or physical controls to manage pests when possible
- When pesticides are deemed necessary, we will aim to use products that minimize risks to people, property and the environment
In addition to the IPM Coordinator, following are other individuals who are involved in purchasing, making IPM decision, applying pesticides and complying with the Healthy Schools Act:
- PCS Environmental Services Staff
- Preschool Director
- PCS Chief Financial Officer
Pest Management Contracting
Pest management services are contracted to a licensed pest control business.
Name of business: Ecola (click to visit website)
Pest Identification, Monitoring, and Inspection
Pest identification is done by the following groups/individuals:
- Contracted pest control business (Ecola)
- PCS Environmental Services team
Monitoring and inspecting for pests and conditions that lead to pest problems are done regularly by:
- Ecola, the contracted pest control business, conducts inspections and treatment on the FOURTH SATURDAY of each month
- PCS Environmental Services staff, weekly walk-through and as needed
- PCS Preschool employees, daily visual inspections
Pests and Non-Chemical Management Practices
We will use the following non-chemical management practices prior to using pesticides should the following pests be found at the center:
- Ants: sanitation, eliminating food sources, sealing cracks, installing barriers, bait traps
- Bees: regular inspection, physical removal of nests
- Termites: eliminate food sources, replace infested structures, install bariers
- Spiders: seal cracks, physical removal, natural deterrents (painting dark areas white)
- Rodents: sanitation, eliminating food sources, sealing cracks, installing barriers, physical removal, traps
When the above-mentioned practices are ineffective, the school will use our contracted pest control company to use pesticides as necessary.
Chemical Management Practices
If non-chemical methods are ineffective, our school will consider pesticides only after careful monitoring indicates that they are needed according to pre-established action levels and will use pesticides that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property and the environment.
This child care centers uses Ecola, a contracted pest control business to apply pesticides on our behalf on the FOURTH SATURDAY of each month to treat for ants and other insects as they have proven difficult to manage without the use of chemical assistance. Pesticide data sheets can be viewed in the front office.
Pesticides that may be applied at this center include (data sheets available in the front office):
- Advantage Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations
- Temprid SC Insecticide
- Suspend SC Insecticide
Pesticide Application Schedule
2018 – 2019 Pesticide Application Schedule (conducted by Ecola) is the 4th Saturday of each month. This post serves as the required advanced notice for pesticide application at our school. If additional applications are needed, you will be notified.
2018: August 25, September 22, October 27, November 24, December 22
2019: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27
During Teacher Orientation Week each August, the preschool staff at Pasadena Christian Preschool receive the following yearly training in pesticide use (including germicides such as Clorox, bleach, etc.):
- School IPM training course approved by the Department of Pesticide Regulation
Should you like to view a hard copy of this IPM, it is available in the preschool office per your request.