Pesticide Use in Moon Area School District - Integrated Pest Management
The Moon Area School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student from pesticide exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds an unfavorable habitat for those pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator and our pesticide applicator who evaluate the “pest problem” and determine the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest, etc.
From time to time, it may be necessary to use chemicals to manage a pest problem. Chemicals will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic products when possible. Applications will be made only when unauthorized persons do not have access to the area(s) being treated.
Parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive notification, you must be placed on the school’s notification registry. If you would like to be placed on this registry, please notify the school district by completing the registration on the district website or completing a form at a school office.
Exemptions to this notification process include disinfectants and antimicrobial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids; and swimming pool maintenance chemicals.
Each year the district will prepare a new notification registry. (See form below.)
If you have any questions, please contact:
James Heck, IPM Coordinator
412-264-9440, dial 8 and extension 1191
If you would like the district to notify you of any treatments to the buildings or campus areas please complete the following form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dER0N0FhUWZIeDloU29meWU2QkVmZFE6MQ
Pesticide Notification Registry Request forms are also available in the offices of all buildings.