This category shall cover Pest Management Services.
Integrated Pest Management: The system used to reduce or eliminate pests from the office or building environment and enhance safety and quality of life for building occupants. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a decision making process, or program, for long term pest suppression or elimination. The process is based on detailed surveillance (and periodic re-inspection) and the interpretation of data to estimate the nature of the pest population in a given area. This monitoring allows accurate decisions to be made regarding when and where interventions are needed, the type of interventions selected, and the method of application and implementation. Interventions in an IPM program must extend beyond the application of pesticides to predominantly include structural and procedural modifications that establish physical barriers to pests, and reduce the food, water, and harborage available to them.
Affected state entities should adhere to the specifications set forth in the current OGS/PSG Group 71010 contract for Integrated Pest Management Services.
Affected state entities are encouraged to adopt the following modifications to the specifications set forth in the current OGS/PSG Group 71010 contract for Integrated Pest Management:
- When mechanical, sanitary, cultural, or biological means of pest management are not sufficient to achieve adequate pest control, and the decision is made to use a pesticide, the pesticides employed will be limited to those listed below:
- Any pesticide classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an exempt material under Section 40 CFR Part 152.25;
- Pesticides used for the purpose of rodent control in containerized baits or placed directly into rodent burrows or other areas inaccessible to children, pets, or wildlife;
- Anti-microbial pesticides and anti-microbial products as defined by FIFRA in 7 U.S.C. § 136 (mm). Anti-microbials are pesticides that:
(i) disinfect, sanitize, reduce, or mitigate growth or development of microbiological organisms; or (ii) protect inanimate objects, industrial processes or systems, surfaces, water, or other chemical substances from contamination, fouling, or deterioration caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, algae, or slime;
- Boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate, silica gels, diatomaceous earth, and other non-volatile insecticidal gels and baits; and
- Any biopesticide registered by the EPA, and also registered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
- In addition, no pesticide foggers shall be used under any circumstances, and no pesticides formulated as dusts or sprays, except those that meet the criteria under section 1. above, shall be used, except with specific approval from the contracting entity based on a written explanation from the contractor as to why less hazardous products are not sufficient.