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Model Program School IPM Guidebook 4th Edition

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Dear Reader:

This letter introduces you to the California School IPM model program guidebook. We have developed this guidebook for use by school district maintenance and operations staff, IPM coordinators and other school staff. Please review this guidebook and feel free to use it as a reference tool as you implement integrated pest management (IPM).

Who Developed This Guidebook?

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) developed this model program guidebook, as required by the Healthy Schools Act of 2000, for use by school districts that wish to adopt a least-hazardous IPM program. The authors drew their information from federal school IPM guidelines, other states’ IPM programs, California state laws and regulations, the University of California Statewide IPM program, California school districts that have already implemented IPM programs, the pest control industry, and public interest groups.

What Is the Purpose of the Guidebook?

This guidebook is designed to help you use IPM in your school’s pest management program. The guidebook serves as a guide and provides models for schools that choose to implement IPM. IPM is not required in California schools. We intend this guidebook to be useful as both a companion manual for the DPR California School IPM training workshops and as a reference tool for your school district when implementing IPM. IPM coordinators can use this text to train school district personnel in IPM theory and practices. School staff can refer to it for day-to-day pest management questions.

Why Use the Guidebook?

Whether you are just starting to implement an IPM program or want to improve an existing program, this guidebook will serve as a useful resource to answer your IPM questions and to provide practical, hands-on steps that can be implemented as part of your IPM program. The first part of this book lays out the essential elements of a least-hazardous IPM program and the steps to adopting an IPM program. Specific strategies for pest management indoors and outdoors are covered in the second part of the guidebook, arranged by individual pests.


Table of Contents, PDF (536 mb)

The mention within this document of commercial products, their sources, or their use is not to be construed as either an actual or implied endorsement. Mention is made of some representative products, but the Department of Pesticide Regulation does not recognize any product as superior to any other.

IPM Process

IPM Program Information, PDF (800 kb)

  1. Introduction to California School IPM, PDF (709 kb)
  2. Adopting an IPM Program, PDF (1.5 mb)
  3. Monitoring Pest Populations and Damage, PDF (1.2 mb)
  4. Setting Injury and Action Levels, PDF (1.6 mb)
  5. Selecting Least-Hazardous Pest Control Practices, PDF (944 kb)
  6. Bibliography for Part 1, PDF (276 kb)
  7. Glossary, PDF (501 kb)

Appendices, PDF (449 kb)

  1. Sample Forms for Fulfilling the Requirements of the Healthy Schools Act, PDF (7.6 mb)
  2. Pesticides Exempted from the Healthy Schools Act Right-to-Know requirements, PDF (397 kb)
  3. Division of Juvenile Justice Guidelines, PDF (90 kb)
  4. Text of the Healthy Schools Act, PDF (248 kb)
  5. School District IPM Policies: Model IPM Policy and Examples, PDF (118 kb)
  6. IPM-Related Curricula and Resources for the Classroom, PDF (58 kb)
  7. Pesticide Information Resources, PDF (39 kb)
  8. Recommended Reading, PDF (57 kb)
  9. Sample IPM Contracts, PDF (107 kb)
  10. Establishing Integrated Pest Management Policies and Programs: A Guide for Public Agencies, PDF (265 kb)
  11. How to Collect and Preserve Specimens for Identification, PDF (40 kb)
  12. Pest Management Assessment Tool, PDF (424 kb)
  13. Monitoring Forms, PDF (632 kb)
  14. Inspection Checklist for Detecting Structural Decay and Structural Pest Damage, PDF (51 kb)
  15. Licensing and Continuing Education, PDF (85 kb)
  16. Pesticide Safety Information Series N, PDF (893 kb)
  17. Resources to the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program