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NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SCHOOLS
IPM Coordinator: Dennis Fields
Number of schools: 29
Important pests: Ants, cockroaches and mice,
The IPM program: Pest control is contracted to Morgan’s pest control company.
When the maintenance director Mr. Jim Reuter attended an IPM workshop at a conference and learned about the hazards of pesticides and the fact that pesticide applications should not be made on a schedule, he mused at the observation that every month, a pest control contractor comes and sprays his office, many times when he is present, yet he had never seen any pest in the place! Knowing the facts changed his perspective on pest control. He contacted the School IPM program of NCSU and enquired on how to get started with an IPM program. He adapted an IPM type pest control contract and selected a company that knows how to use the IPM approach.
IPM training workshops have been conducted for custodians and cafeteria managers. The pest control technicians have also received IPM training. In addition, IPM brochures (from the School IPM program at NCSU) were acquired and distributed to teachers, cafeteria managers and staff, to reinforce the IPM message and garner support for the IPM program.
Nash-Rocky Mount Schools implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in 2003. Since then, we have received fewer pest complaints and the number of pest control work orders has declined. And because we do not apply pesticides routinely, we have also minimized the exposure of children to pesticides without compromising their protection from pests that can transmit disease and disrupt class time. I recommend IPM to any school district without reservation.