Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Buckley Community Schools utilizes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to control pests. The IPM is a pest management system that uses all suitable techniques in a total pest management system with the intent of preventing pest from reaching unacceptable levels or to reduce an existing population to an acceptable level. Management techniques emphasize exclusion and biological controls. However, as with most pest control programs chemical controls may also be utilized.

Monthly the district has a professional pest management company inspect certain areas of the buildings and they utilize the least aggressive measures to control pests if found. Normally, baits and gels are utilized.

Advance notice of pesticide applications, other than baits or gel formulations, made to the school will be given at least 48 hours before the application. The two methods of notifications are: (1) a posting at the main entrance to the building, and (2) a posting on Buckley Community Schools web site.

Parents may review the IPM program, if any, and records on any pesticide applications.  Parents may request to notified by mail at least 3 days prior to any pesticide application.  They may do this by filling out the form online or by asking for it at the office.

In certain emergencies, such as an infestation of stinging insects, pesticides may be applied without prior notice to prevent injury to students, but following any such application, notice will be provided by both of the above methods. Students will not be allowed in the treated areas for at least 4 hours as required by law (Public Act 451 of 1994 as amended).

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