Integrated Pest Management Plan

During the spring of 2014, the Office for Sustainability worked with Donn Johnson, professor of Entomology, to analyze current pest monitoring, treatment(s) and practices on the University of Arkansas campus and develop an integrated pest management plan (IPM). The purpose of the IPM is to reduce negative impacts on the campus and surrounding environment from chemical pesticides and improve the health and safety of the campus community.

The Integrated Pest Management Plan is a document that lists pests of concern and includes a cost comparison of current pest management programs for grounds and buildings with more sustainable IPM programs. The development of the plan was funded by the OFS and was completed in collaboration with University Housing, Facilities Management, University Grounds, Orkin Pest Control and the Entomology Department.

Integrated pest management 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, combined with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

U of A Pest Requests Averaged by Month for 2007-2014

U of A Pest Requests Averaged by Month for 2007-2014

The IPM plan outlines a number of practical approaches to accomplishing these goals. Education of the campus community on pest identification, prevention and appropriate reporting steps is emphasized. The plan recommends developing an online identification guide for campus users that would include all relevant information.

The IPM plan contains an introduction to campus pests, monitoring and management, which lists each of the common pests found on campus, how to identify them and steps that can be taken to prevent and manage them. In all cases, the plan stresses that chemicals should be used only as a last resort, when prevention, traps and bait have not been effective. This approach also aims to place restrictions on the use of chemicals that are especially harmful to the environment and people. Additionally, the IPM plan lists actions that can be taken by University Housing and Facilities Management to improve pest management.

The IPM plan was presented to the University of Arkansas Sustainability Council at its April 2014 meeting. The Plan was approved by the Sustainability Council in September and subsequently approved by Provost Sharon Gaber for implementation as the first entry in a new Best Sustainable Practices Policy Series.