Approach to Pest Management

  • August 1, 2022

    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 the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water sources, and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school buildings and grounds to detect any pests that are present. The pest monitoring team consists of our building maintenance, office, and teaching staff, 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 use 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 as possible. 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 of students enrolled in the school 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 anti-microbial products, self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel-type baits placed in cracks, crevices, or voids.

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