Integrated Pest Management

The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends that schools use integrated pest management (IPM) - a smart, sensible and sustainable approach to pest control. The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program employed by BCPS is a proactive approach to insect and rodent control in school facilities. The IPM program includes routine monthly inspections or surveys of all school facilities by third-party inspectors to identify conditions conducive to pest invasion, to ensure early detection of pest presence, and to monitor infestation levels.

As a first step in pest control, the IPM approach employs preventative strategies and alternatives to pesticide application, such as employee education, source reduction, inspection and identification of potential problem areas, and improved sanitation. Each approach is monitored and evaluated, and modifications are made if necessary. Pesticides are only used as a final course of action when all other strategies have failed.

Maryland law requires that parents of all elementary school children be notified prior to any interior/grounds pesticide application. Parents of middle school or high school students who wish to be notified prior to interior/grounds applications must request that they be placed on the school system’s pesticide notification list. To be added to the notification list, send a written request that includes your child’s name, your name, address, and telephone number to your child’s school principal.

BCPS Integrated Pest Management Plan

Pesticide Public Agency Permit

The Annual IPM Program Notification can be found on page here: 2022-23 BCPS School Information Calendar.

For more information:

US Environmental Protection Agency – Introduction to Integrated Pest Management

US Environmental Protection Agency – Managing Pests In Schools

US Environmental Protection Agency – Information on Pests in Schools and Their Control

Maryland Department of Agriculture – Integrated Pest Management in Schools