Integrated Pest Management at LATTC

 

LATTC has adopted the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to control pests such as roaches, ants, rodents, and any other pests before they become a dangerous or destructive problem.  IPM employs a combination of strategies and tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent unacceptable damage or annoyance.

 

The treatment strategies we use follow guidelines that are:

  • Least hazardous to human health
  • least disruptive of natural controls in landscape situations
  • least toxic to non-target organisms other than natural controls
  • most likely to be permanent and prevent recurrence of the pest problem
  • easiest to carry out safety and effectively
  • most cost-effective in the short- and long-term
  • appropriate to the site and maintenance system

 

IPM procedures will determine when to control pests, and whether to use physical, horticultural, or biological means.  Chemical controls are used as a last resort.  Applying IPM principles prevents unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage.  These principles are implemented by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

 

It is the policy of LATTC to utilize IPM principles to manage pest populations adequately.  While the goal of this IPM program is to reduce and ultimately eliminate use of toxic chemicals, toxic chemicals may become necessary in certain situations.  The choice of using a pesticide will be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are unacceptable or are infeasible, alone or in combination.  Cost of staffing considerations alone will not be adequate justification for use of chemical control agents.  The full range of alternatives, including no action, will be considered.

 

When it is determined that a pesticide must be used in order to prevent pest levels from exceeding action thresholds, the least-hazardous material will be chosen.  The application of such pesticides is subject to all of the local, state, and federal regulations, as well as policies and procedures of LATTC and LACCD.

 

Your LATTC IPM pest management contacts:

Phil Schmerber,  [California Pesticide Applicator’s License #139240]

Julio Torres,  [California Pesticide Applicator’s License #139239]