Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
Pest Control and Lawn Care Management Program
In schools, pests can best be controlled through a comprehensive pest management program that combines preventive techniques, nonchemical pest control methods, and the appropriate use of pesticides with preference for products that are the least harmful to human health and the environment. Integrated pest management is a good practice in the management of pest populations, and it is prudent to employ pest control strategies that are the least hazardous to human health and the environment.
Pest control and lawn care usage means and includes the use of any device or the application of any substance to prevent, repel, mitigate, curb, control, or eradicate any structural pest in, on, under, or around a structure, or within a part of, or materials used in building a structure; the use of any pesticide, including insecticides, fungicides and other wood treatment products, attractants, and repellents used in controlling, eradicating, identifying, mitigating, diminishing, or curbing insects, vermin, rats, mice, or other pests in, on, under, or around a structure, or within a part of, or materials used within and around a school building.
It is recommended that written, telephonic, or any electronic notification must be given to the parent/guardian before application of pesticide and should identify the intended time of the application of the pesticide, the areas to receive the treatment, and the name and telephone contact number for the school personnel responsible for the pesticide application program that the parent or student may contact for additional information.
Approved: May 17, 2016
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville