Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is both a strategy and a process that provides quality pest control using the least hazardous chemicals and techniques. Pests usually come into buildings to look for food, water, and shelter. Eliminating potential pest entryways, maintaining good sanitation practices, and removing food and water sources are the first steps in controlling pests. The Environmental Department implements Integrated Pest Management (IPM) best practices to control pests in a school environment.
Decisions concerning whether or not pesticides should be applied in a given situation will be based on a review of all available options. Efforts will be made to avoid the use of pesticides by adequate pest-proofing of facilities, good sanitation practices, selection of pest-resistant plant materials, and appropriate horticultural practices. The Tools for Schools program sponsored by the EPA will be one of the resources used for identifying facilities pest-proofing and other good practices.
When it is determined that a pesticide must be used in order to meet pest management objectives, the least hazardous material adequate for the job will be chosen. Signs will be posted 48 hours before application. Parents who want to be notified prior to pesticide application inside their child(ren)’s school assignment area may submit a written request for notification; contact the Districts IPM Coordinators at 281-396-2503 for questions relating to the notification process.
You can access the Consumer Information Sheet from Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control.
Katy ISD frequently hosts IPM training events with presentations on IPM best practices given by experts in the field. These training events are usually free to school districts, and attendees may earn continuing education units (CEUs) toward their pest control applicator licenses. Please contact the Environmental Department for more information on upcoming IPM training opportunities.
Bat IPM Plan
School districts must deal with urban wildlife on occasion. We have an Integrated Pest Management Bat Plan to safely remove bats from school environments. The most common type of bat found in Texas is the Mexican free-tail bat, Tadarida brasiliensis, pictured below.