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PEST MANAGEMENT

 

The Healthy Schools Act of 2000 requires school districts to notify families of pesticides they expect to apply during the year. The district and our pest management contractors practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for pest problems on school premises. IPM focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems. If management of pests is required, treatment methods may include mechanical, cultural or biological pesticides of the least toxic category.

Due to the low toxicity of most of these pesticides, many are exempt from the reporting process. It is our long-standing practice to use the least toxic means available to prevent or eliminate pest control problems. When pest populations are not appropriately controlled with these exempt pesticides, the following non-exempt pesticides may be used. The pesticides listed below are in the least toxic category, category 3, caution label only:

Name of Pesticide (Active Ingredient) Cy-Kick (Cyfluthrin); Suspend SC (Deltmethrin); Wasp-Freeze (d-trans Allethrin); Merit (Imidacloprid); Premise 75 (Imidacloprid); Termidor (Fipronil); BP-100 (Pyrethrin); Roundup (Glyphosate); Zenith 75 WSP (Imidacloprid) CB 80 Extra (Pyrathin).

We will not apply Toxicity Category 1 (Danger) or 2 (Warning) pesticides, organophosphates or carbamates, or those pesticides listed on the Proposition 65 list. A site registry will be established for those students or staff who have a medical condition or require notification prior to the use of the above materials. To receive prior notification about application at your site, please contact the Maintenance Department at (209) 257-7787 during regular work hours (school hours) and tell us you will need notification of pesticide application.

Except in emergencies, everyone on this registry will receive at least 72-hour notification prior to pesticides being applied at their school. You can find out more information regarding these pesticides and pesticide use reduction at the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s website