Thanks to Janet Hurley, MPA, of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service School IPM team for sharing this helpful guideline document for designing educational facilities with pest intrusion prevention in mind.
For years I have been asked – are there any IPM guidelines out there to help me with constructing a new building. I am so pleased to announce this new Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines document from Dr. Chris Geiger and Caroline Cox. I think you will find this document most helpful.
Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines is a new free resource for designing buildings to be resistant to common pests, such as rats, mice, pigeons and cockroaches. San Francisco’s Integrated Pest Management Program initiated the project after initial pesticide use reductions achieved by the program began to level off. Program participants suspected poor design was a key barrier to further reductions.
The resource aims to compile the current body of knowledge about preventing pest problems through building design and construction. Pest management professionals, architects, engineers, researchers, educators, green building experts, IPM consultants and public agency experts contributed.
The Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines are posted on the Department’s website.
The project was funded by the US Centers for Disease Control, coordinated by the Center for Environmental Health was contracted to coordinate the project, and the guidelines were reviewed by the International Code Council and a national, cross-sector team of experts.
Janet A. Hurley, MPA
Extension Program Specialist II – School IPM
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Having policies and protocols in place to prevent and eliminate bed bugs in educational facilities is key to protecting students and should be an integral part of your IPM (integrated pest management) program.
This week, our peers on the Facility Masters Listserv shared several excellent resource sites on managing bed bugs:
Additionally, the following resources are available in our Facility Masters Resource Library and Webcast Archive:
The following information is provided by Janet Hurley of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Here are a few facts that you can use and share with those in your educational institution about mosquitoes, mosquito control, and West Nile virus.
The most important single thing an organization can do is make sure the campus / school grounds are not contributing to your local mosquito populations. Check water catchment basins, storm drains, low areas, and equipment storage yards, athletic and playground equipment, especially, for places where water might be caught and held. Drain or treat with Bt dunks, or Altosid granules – both Green category insecticides.
Mosquitoes typically rest in vegetation or other shaded sites during the day. If you have areas of vegetation or doorways where mosquitoes are a noticeable problem, consider treating such sites with a residual pyrethroid spray. This would be a Yellow category treatment and should be limited to known problem areas. Insecticides like deltamethrin, cyfluthrin, bifenthrin, and lambda-cyhalothrin can provide up to six weeks control on vegetation or building surfaces. They can be applied via hand-held pump sprayer, backpack mist blower, or power sprayer to doorways and trees, shrubs and ornamental grass around buildings and entryways. Do not allow students or staff into treated areas until sprays have thoroughly dried. Remember students cannot enter an area that has been treated with a Yellow Category product for 4 hours. Read more…
Birds can be entertaining and fascinating to watch in the wild, but any facility or grounds manager is fully aware of the downsides of a campus heavily-populated by birds and geese. Recently, members of our Listserv shared helpful tips and proven solutions to help discourage birds or geese from flocking on or around vital campus and school facilities or areas. We have compiled some helpful tips for anyone looking to better manage bird populations on their grounds.
To read all the tips shared by our peers on the Listserv, view the full discussions:
Few pest problems cause as much concern and anxiety for students, parents, instructors and staff as the presence of bed bugs and lice.
Inspection, prevention and immediate intervention are the keys to avoiding costly and troublesome infestations of these unwanted pests, which present special challenges that should be addressed with targeted IPM initiatives to ensure a healthy learning environment.
Get some tips and best practices from these IPM for Bed Bugs Resources: Read more…
The national school IPM steering committee recently published two free IPM case study documents: The Business Case for Integrated Pest Management in Schools: Cutting Costs and Increasing Benefits and Reducing your Child’s Asthma using Integrated Pest Management: A Practical Home Guide for Parents
I think that you will find both documents both useful and informative
Please let me know what you think of them
The December School IPM 2015 eNewsletter features the following articles: Building Out Pests, Pest Presses Provide a Wealth of Information, and Parents: Become an Advocate for IPM in your Child’s School.