What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage economically, and with a strong preference for examining a range of cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical practices and selecting a method presenting the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
The IPM regulations can be found at DC Regs Rule: 20-2215
On August 9th, 2012 the Pesticide Education and Control Amendment Act of 2012 (PECA) was enacted by the Council of The District of Columbia. An important part of this act requires that District Agency, District owned and occupied properties, Schools and Child Occupied Facilities have an IPM policy and program in place which is approved by the DOEE before any applications of pesticides are made at your facility. Your Agency, Firm or Facility may fall under the regulations pertaining to this act.
How to submit your IPM Plan to DOEE
As a continued effort to comply with PECA, all Child-Occupied Facilities, open for business in the District of Columbia, must submit a written IPM Plan for the facility to DOEE Pesticides Branch. Once received, the plan will be reviewed and approved. Pesticides cannot be applied in your facility, without an approved IPM Plan. Failure to submit your plan may result in enforcement action. You may email your IPM Plan to: [email protected].
To ensure that your facility develops and implements a viable IPM policy and program, the DOEE Pesticide Division stands ready to offer technical guidance and answer questions about the regulations.
For questions relevant IPM or if further assistance is required, to include training request and compliance assistance, please contact Joseph Walton: phone (202) 535.2612 or email [email protected].
Pesticide Operators Licensed to Work in the District
Please use the Pesticide Business/Applicator Search to locate all licensed Pesticide Operators in DC.
- Copy and paste the link above in your search engine browser
- Click on “Pesticide License search” on the left side.
- Use drop down icon beside “state” to select a blank space (i.e. no state)
- At “Program Type” select “Operator”.
- Click “Search”.
School IPM Resources
EPA: The Basics of School IPM
EPA: IPM in Schools-Model Pesticide Safety and IPM Guidance Policy for School Districts
EPA: Pest Control in the School Environment
EPA: Managing Pest in Schools
EPA: Webinars about Integrated Pest Management in Schools
EPA: Integrated Pest Management Tools: Resources to Support IPM Implementation
NPIC: School IPM
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: School Integrated Pest Management
Additional Resource Links
- Licensed Operator Information
- Licensed Child Occupied Facilities
- Pollinator Protection
- Contact Poison Control
- EPA: Keep Safe: Read the Label First
- EPA: Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety
- EPA: Do's and Don'ts of Pest Control
- Do it Yourself Pest Management
- DC Rodent Control Management Diagram