Integrated Pest Management

  • Understanding Terminology Involved in
    Integrative Pest Management

    Integrative Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally
    sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of
    common sense practices.IPM programs use current, comprehensive
    information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the
    environment. This information, in combination with available pest
    control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most
    economical means and with the least possible hazard to people,
    property, and the environment. IPM programs take advantage of all
    pest management options possible including, but
    not limited to, the
    judicious use of pesticides. 

    Pests are populations of living organisms that interfere with the
    use of school facilities for human purposes. Strategies for managing
    pest populations will be influenced by the pest species and wether
    that species poses a threat to people, poverty, or the environment.

    Integrative Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy that focuses on
    long-term preventive or suppression of pest populations using a
    combination of tactics that minimize the effect of control
    activities on human health and the health of non-target organisms.

    Understanding pest needs is essential to implementing IMP
    effectively. Pests seek habitats that provide basic needs such as air,
    moisture, food, and shelter. Pest populations can be prevented or
    controlled by creating inhospitable environments, by removing some
    of the basic elements pests need to survive, or by simply blocking their
    into buildings. Pest also may be managed by other methods such
    as traps, vacuums, or pesticides.


    LISD Policies

    Lancaster Independent School District has developed and
    Integrative Pest Management Policy defining how the issues
    of pest management will be handled in the school district.
    While this is a policy statement dealing directly with the issue
    of pest management, the district's Safety Policy Statement
    also applies when addressing these issues.

    Lancaster Independent School District's Integrative Pest
    Management Policy was based on several factors which affect
    school districts and pest management strategies.
    Under Texas law, all school districts must approve and maintain an
    official IPM policy statement. This policy must be kept on file with
    the district superintendent and the IMP coordinators(s)
    (Title 22, Texas Administrative Code 595.11b). The IPM Policy
    should clearly state the districts goals and expectations
    of staff and contractors.

    Lancaster Independent School District's IPM Policy is based
    on generally accepted tenets of integrated pest management,
    including the fallowing

    • Strategies that rely on the best combination of pest
      management tactics that are compatible with human health
      and environment protection.
    • Proper identification of pest problems.
    • Monitoring programs to determine when pests are presents
      or when pest problems are severe enough to justify
      corrective action.
    • Use of non-chemical management strategies whenever practical.
    • Preferential use of least-toxic chemical controls when
      pesticide are needed.

    Next are the Integrative Pest Management Policy signed by the
    Lancaster Independent School District Board, along
    with the Safety Policy Statement. Please keep both of these
    policies in mind when addressing IPM issues.