Topic: Pest Control
Issue Date: March 12, 2002
Approved by: Dave W. Wergin, Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Author: Dave W. Wergin, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and John Bruning, Director, Physical Plant
Distribution: Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Building Proctors
It is the policy of the University of Colorado at Boulder that unwanted pests will be managed by all persons (faculty, students, staff and applicators) utilizing the following Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)—IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of commonsense practices. IPM
programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interactions with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control
methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM programs take advantage of all pest management options possibly including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.
Pests—For purposes of this policy, Pests are populations of living organisms (animals, plants, or microorganisms) that cause damage or interfere with the use of UCB facilities and grounds for human purposes. Strategies for managing pest populations will be influenced by the pest species and whether that species poses a threat to people, property, or the environment.
Pest Thresholds—Pest tolerance thresholds must be established and may vary by pest, specific location or type of land use. Each department having facility and land use responsibility will establish the pest threshold levels for their area of responsibility. Three distinct levels should be determined:
- Injury Threshold, at the point some injury begins or is noticed initially
- Action Threshold, requires that action be taken to prevent a pest population from causing aesthetic, functional or economic damages
- Damage Threshold, the level where unacceptable damages are already occurring.
Regular monitoring is essential to determine the pest levels relative to the established thresholds.
III. Operational Responsibility
The Executive Director of Facilities Management has been assigned the responsibility of administering the IPM program for the Boulder Campus and shall designate a Campus IPM
Coordinator whose duties will include:
- Develop, maintain and make available references to best IPM practices.
- Serve as the campus resource for IPM techniques and application procedures.
- Promote IPM practices and review departmental plans for compliance with campus policy.
- Maintain records to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies.
- A. Pest management services will be provided for all general fund academic and non-academic departments upon request through the appropriate Building Proctor to the Facilities Management Service Center at (303) 492-5522. Auxiliary departments may also request these services on a rechargeable basis.
- Auxiliary departments with responsibility for building or land use shall either designate a departmental IPM Liaison, who will be responsible for departmental IPM planning and pest management, or use Facilities Management pest management services.
- In accordance with this IPM Policy, the use of privately acquired pest control sprays (e.g., Raid, ant killers, etc.) will not be permitted in or on University buildings or properties by nonpest management staff.
- The following IPM criteria must be applied to all campus pest situations when selecting treatment tactics and developing pest management strategies:
- Determine pest threshold level.
Based on the pest threshold level, select a treatment that is:
- Least hazardous to human health;
- Least damaging to the environment;
- Effective at controlling the target pest;
- Has minimal negative impacts to non-target organisms;
- Within available resources.
- All University and commercial pesticide applicators must comply with the notification and posting regulations as stated in Colorado Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, Title 35 Article 10 (35-10-112 Pesticide Applicators Act and Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Administration and Enforcement of the Pesticide Applicators Act).
- Each University or commercial pesticide applicator shall provide a legible record of application and related Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for all pesticides used on campus
to the appropriate departmental IPM liaison(s). These records shall include: