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Approach to Pest Management

August 1, 2023

The Fox Chapel Area School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents, and weeds. Our IPM approach focuses on making school buildings and grounds an unfavorable habitat for pests by removing food and water sources, and eliminating hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor school buildings and grounds to detect the presence of any pests. The pest monitoring team consists of our maintenance, office, and teaching staffs, as well as our students. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator, who evaluates the “pest problem” and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest, etc.
 
From time to time, it may be necessary to use chemicals to control a pest problem. Chemicals will only be used when necessary and will not be routinely applied. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic products available. Applications will be made only when unauthorized persons do not have access to the area(s) being treated. Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to application and for two days following the application.
 
Parents or guardians may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive notification, you must be placed on the school’s notification registry. Each year, the district will prepare a new notification registry. If you would like to be placed on the registry, you must notify the school district in writing. Please send this written request to Rick Perkins, IPM coordinator, Fox Chapel Area School District, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Please include your name, address, phone number, student name, and the name of the school the student attends.
 
If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such notification. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants and antimicrobial products, self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel-type baits placed in cracks, crevices, or voids.
 

Questions or Concerns

Rick Perkins
Maintenance Supervisor
rick_perkins@fcasd.edu
(412) 967-2422