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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Overview

The Lower Moreland Township School District utilizes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student and staff member from pesticide exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM system focuses on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these 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 buildings and grounds to detect any pests that may be present. The pest management team consists of our school maintenance, office and teaching staff and includes our students. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator who will evaluate “pest problems” and determines 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 pesticides registered by the Environmental Protection Agency to manage a pest problem. A pesticide will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When a pesticide is necessary, the school district will try to use the least toxic product that is effective. Applications will only be performed only when unauthorized personnel do not have access to the areas being treated. Notices will be posted in these areas seventy-two (72) hours prior to application and for two days following the application.

Parents or guardians of students and School District staff may request prior notification of specific applications made at the School District. To receive notification, you must be placed on the school district’s notification registry. If you would like to be placed on this registry, please notify the district in writing. Please include your e-mail address if you would like to be notified electronically.

If a pesticide application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided by email or telephone to any person who has previously requested to be notified. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants and antimicrobial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students and staff 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Sufleta, Maintenance Manager and IPM Coordinator for Lower Moreland Township School District.                   email address:

ADMINISTRATION- 938-0270 ~ HIGH SCHOOL- 938-0220 ~ MURRAY AVE. SCHOOL- 938-0230

PINE ROAD SCHOOL- 938-0290 ~ DISTRICT FAX (215) 947-6933

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