Children's Protection Act

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan

Disclaimer: The information provided below is to the best of our knowledge and up to date. CMMCP is not responsible for omissions or errors in ipm plans, failure to post notices, or any areas not followed as per this law. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure all compliance with this law, not CMMCP.

The Children’s Protection Act (CPA) requires that every school (including day care and school aged child care programs licensed under the Office of Child Care Services) in Massachusetts adopt, develop, and maintain an indoor and outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan on site. This law has been in effect since November 1, 2001.

Mosquito larval control is exempted from the CPA providing that Category 4 products as classified by the EPA are used and the products are included in the Outdoor IPM Plan. Any product labeled for larval mosquito control with a signal word of "Warning" or “Caution” is acceptable. The 3 products used for larval/pupae control (Bti, methoprene and oils/surfactants) fall under this classification. For more information on the products we use for larval and/or adult mosquito control, visit the "Products We Use" page.

Adult mosquito control (spraying) on school property is more difficult to accomplish. The following criteria must be met:

  1. The request must be mailed or faxed on letterhead from a school or town department with authority over the property. Please include a contact name and number so we can coordinate the notification process and application. You may mail the request to CMMCP, 111 Otis St., Northboro, MA 01532 or fax it to (508) 393-8592.
  2. The school or daycare must have an IPM plan filed with Mass DAR. The product in use by CMMCP must be included as part of the IPM plan on file. Access the "Make Your IPM Plan Online" webpage.
  3. A notice must be posted in a common area 2 working days prior and at least 3 days post application.
  4. The property to be sprayed must be posted at least 3 working days post application.
  5. If the school or daycare is in session notification must be given to all parents 2 working days prior with the date of the application. This notification must include the Standard Written Notification for the product to be used, the chemical specific fact sheet(s) and consumer information bulletins for the product that is to be used. The date of the application must be included on the Standard Written Notification.
  6. Emergency applications are under the jurisdiction of the local Board of Health and/or the Department of Agricultural Resources.

Specific requests for adult mosquito control will be handled on a case by case basis by our office. The requirements listed below must be followed to the letter or the application may be delayed or even cancelled.

Please call our office at (508) 393-3055 with any questions or for more information.

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