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Most Common Pest Management Guide & Practices

The following are the guide and practices recommended for Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  More information is available at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) website.
Classroom Pest Prevention Tips
  • Observe the ants and note what they are feeding on indoors. If they are in the trash cans, empty the trash
    receptacle. Replace the trash can liner.
  • Remove any food, food wrapper, spilled food, open food containers or beverage that is attracting the ants indoors.
  • Wipe up ants after spraying them with soapy water (one tablespoon of dish soap in one quart of water). 
  • Clean and dry sinks at the end of each day to deny ants access to food and water overnight.

  • Reduce clutter and pick up materials which are on the floor.
  • Store consumables, including pet food (if pets in the classroom), in sealed containers.
  • Clean and throw trash away if food and beverage was consumed in classrooms.
  • Clean storage area of recyclables in classrooms.
  • Teach and practice sanitation and good housekeeping.
  • Vacuum and clean areas of infestation (custodians).
  • Find out what they are feeding on and remove it from infested area.
  • Do not permit food and beverage consumption in classrooms.
  • Store edibles (dry beans, peas, etc) in rodent-proof containers.
  • Teach and practice superior sanitation and good housekeeping.
  • Make sure trash containers are emptied at the end of each day (custodians).
  • Most spiders will bite if they feel threatened.
  • Reduce clutter and eliminate unnecessary storage indoors.
  • Vacuum and clean the infested area (custodian).

  • Ensure that standing puddles of water are removed.
  • Avoid over watering of planted areas or potted plants.
  • Dispose of trash that can hold water, including cans, cups, foil, plastic, etc. 
  • Place a work order for repair or replacement of window/door screens. 
Swarming Honey Bees
  • If swarming honey bees are seen on campus, immediately request a work order to check the area to confirm their presence.
  • If a honey bee swarm is present, secure the area and add caution tape and keep staff and students away from the area.
  • Just a reminder, honey bees foraging on flowers in trees and shrubs are not swarming bees.

  • Avoid feeding pigeons on school grounds.
  • Encourage everyone to place all food debris in trash cans.
  • Have food debris removed from ground and lunch tables immediately after meal service.
  • Place a  work order to repair leaky outdoor faucets to deny pigeons access to water.
  • Ensure that dumpster lids are kept closed.

Feral Cats
  • Avoid having food or water available to feral cats on school grounds.
  • Place a work order for replacement or repair of building access vents.
  • Ensure that dumpster lids are kept closed.