Integrated Pest Management Plan

Contacts :

School Name : Tater Tots Preschool/Kindergarten 2605 Claybank Road, Fairfield, CA 94533
District IPM Coordinator : Melanie Dela Cruz
phone # : (858)232-6351       email :

IPM statement :

It is the goal of Tater Tots Preschool/Kindergarten to implement IPM by focusing on long-term prevention or suppression of pests through accurate pest identification, by frequent monitoring for pest presence, by applying appropriate action levels, and by making the habitat less conducive to pests using sanitation and mechanical and physical controls. Pesticides that are effective will be used in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment, and only after other options have been shown ineffective.

Our pest management objectives are to: provide a safe environment for the children in our care by minimizing the exposure of pests and pesticides to children and staff and focus on long term pest prevention.

IPM team :

In addition to the IPM Coordinator, other individuals who are involved in purchasing, making IPM decisions, applying pesticides, and complying with the Healthy Schools Act requirements, include:

Name and/or Title                                                                       Role in IPM program

Chelsea Alvarez/Director                                                          Purchasing and Authorizing IPM decisions

Melanie Dela Cruz/Assistant Director                                  IPM Coordinator

Wendy Wells/Head Lead                                                           Consultant

Christy Cuchetti & Ashleigh Castillo/Morning Staff           Monitors and inspects for pests and conditions that lead to pest problems.

Knock ‘Em Out Pest Control, Inc.                                        Applying pesticides and complying with the Healthy School Act requirements.


Pest management contracting :

✓ Pest management services are contracted to a licensed pest control business. Pest Control Business names(s): Knock ‘Em Out Pest Control, Inc.

✓ Prior to entering into a contract, the school has confirmed that the pest control business understands the training requirement and other requirements of the Healthy Schools Act.

Pest identification, monitoring and inspection :

Pest Identification is done by: Knock ‘Em Out Pest Control, Inc.

Monitoring and inspecting for pests and conditions that lead to pest problems are done regularly by
Morning Staff and results are communicated to the IPM Coordinator.

Specific information about monitoring and inspecting for pests, such as locations, times, or techniques include:

The play ground is walked daily and checklist is used to make sure the yard is safe. The morning staff also "opens" each classroom paying attention that all the rooms are safe and free of pests or potential issues. 


Pests and non-chemical management practices :

This school has identified the following pests and routinely uses the following non-chemical practices to prevent pests from reaching the action level:

Pest  - Mice

Remove food, Fix leaks, Seal cracks, Install barriers, Physical removal, Traps, and Manage irrigation


Chemical pest management practices :

If non-chemical methods are ineffective, the school will consider pesticides only after careful monitoring indicates that they are needed according to pre-established action levels and will use pesticides that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property and the environment.

This school district expects the following pesticides (pesticide products and active ingredients) to be applied during the year. (This list includes pesticides that will be applied by school district staff or licensed pest control businesses.):

- Contrac Blox, Phantom, Masterline


Healthy Schools Act :

✓ This school district complies with the notification, posting, recordkeeping, and all other requirements of the Healthy Schools

Act. (Education Code Sections 17608 – 17613, 48980.3; Food & Agricultural Code Sections 13180 – 13188)


Training :

Every year school employees who make pesticide applications receive the following training prior to pesticide use:
✓ Pesticide specific safety training (Title 3 California Code of Regulations 6724)
✓ School IPM training course approved by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (Education Code Section 16714;

Food & Agricultural Code Section 13186.5).


Submittal of pesticide use reports :

✓ Reports of all pesticides applied by school district staff during the calendar year, except pesticides exempt1 from HSA recordkeeping, are submitted to the Department of Pesticide Regulation at least annually, by January 30 of the following year, using the form provided at (Education Code Section 16711)


Notification :

This school has made this IPM plan publicly available by the following methods (check at least one): ✓ This IPM plan can be found online at the following web address: ✓ This IPM plan is sent out to all parents, guardians and staff annually.


Review :

✓ This IPM plan will be reviewed (and revised, if needed) at least annually to ensure that the information provided is still true and correct.

Date of new review: 2/1/2019

I acknowledge that I have reviewed this school district’s IPM Plan and it is true and correct.

Signature: Melanie Dela Cruz Date: 2/1/2019


1 These pesticides are exempt from all Healthy Schools Act requirements, except the training requirement: 1) products used in self-contained baits or traps, 2) gels or pastes used as crack and crevice treatments, 3) antimicrobials, and 4) pesticides exempt from U.S. EPA registration. (Education Code Section 17610.5)