Vista Unified School District Integrated Pest Management Plan

Contacts: IPM Coordinator:
Vista Unified School District John Wathen, Executive Director Facilities and Operations
1234 Arcadia Avenue
Vista Ca 92084 760-726-2170 ext. # 92702
760-726-2170   IPM Plan is reviewed and updated each January

IPM Statement:

It is the goal of Vista Unified School District to utilize IPM and focus on long-term prevention or suppression of pests through accurate pest identification, by frequent monitoring for pest presence, by applying appropriate action levels, and by making the habitat less conducive to pests using sanitation and mechanical and physical controls. Pesticides that are effective will be used in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment, and only after other options have been shown ineffective.

IPM Team:

John Wathen - IPM Coordinator

George Paskle - Monitoring, sanitation, applications

Robert Johnson - Monitoring, sanitation, applications

Anthony Arias - Monitoring, sanitation, applications

Pest Management Contracting:

Some pest management services are contracted out to outside pest management contractors when needed. Prior to entering into a contract Vista Unified School District has confirmed that outside pest management contractors understand and comply with all aspects of the Healthy Schools Act including training requirements.

Pest Identification, Monitoring and Inspection:

Pest identification, monitoring and inspections for pests and conditions that lead to pest problems are regularly performed by school district staff, and the results are communicated to the IPM Coordinator. Specific information about monitoring and inspections for pests, such as locations, times, or techniques include utilizing tracer baits for rodents.

Pests and Non-Chemical Management Practices:

Vista Unified School District has identified the following pests and routinely uses the following non-chemical practices and organic treatments to prevent pets from reaching the action threshold level.

Rats X X X X X X X
Mice X X X X X X X
Squirrels X X X X
Pigeons X X
Gophers X X X
Ants X X X
Roaches X X X
Spiders X X X

Chemical Pest Management Practices:

If non-chemical methods are ineffective, Vista Unified School district will consider pesticides only after careful monitoring indicates that they are needed according to pre-established action levels and will use pesticides that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property and the environment. Here is a listing of pesticides that could potentially be used throughout the year;                               

Product Name Active Ingredient EPA # Target Pest
Activator 90 Alkyl phenol ethoxylate - Surfactant
Advance Cockroach Gel Bait Dinotefuran 499-507 Roaches
Advion Roach Bait Arena Indoxacarb 100-1486 Roaches
Advion Roach Gel Bait Indoxacarb 100-1484 Roaches
Barricade 65 WDG Prodiamine 100-834 Weeds
Bell Fastrc Rodent Blox Bromethalyn 12455-95 Rodents
Bonide Liquid Copper Fungicide Copper Octanoate 67702-2-4 Fungus
Borid Orthoboric Acid 9444-129 Insects
CDFA Rodent Bait Block Diphacinone 61282-26-10965 Rodents
Cheetah Pro Weed Killer Glufosinate 228-743 Weeds
Combat Roach Bait Stations Fipronil 64240-67 Roaches
Combat Roach Gel Bait Fipronil 64240-45 Roaches
Cy-Kick Cyfluthrin 499-304 Insects
DeltaGard Granule Deltamethrin 432-836 Insects
Dimension 270G Dithiopyr 7001-375 Weeds
EcoVia EC (Organic) Thyme oil, 2-phenethyl prpionate, rosemary oil EXEMPT Insects
Enforcer Wasp & Hornet Killer Tetramethrin 40849-77 Insects
Essentria Granules (Organic) Eugenol, Thyme Oil, wintergreen oil EXEMPT Weeds
Essentria IC3 (Organic) Rosemary Oil EXEMPT Insects
Fastrac Rodent Block Bromethalyn 12455-95 Rodents
Final Blox Brodifacoum 12455-89 Rodents
Finale Glufosinate 432-1229 Weeds
Gopher Getter Type-2 AG Bait Diphacinone 36029-24 Gopher
Greenmatch EX (Organic) Lemongrass Oil EXEMPT Weeds
Kaput Ground Squirrel Bait Diphacinone 72500-24 Squirrels
Maxforce Ant Bait Station Fipronil 432-1256 Ants
Maxforce FC Ant Gel Fipronil 432-1264 Ants
Maxforce Roach Killer Bait Station Fipronil 432-1257 Ants
Neem Oil (Organic) Clarified hydrophobic extract EXEMPT Insects
No-Foam-A Alkyl phenol ethoxylate, Isopropanol - Adjuvant
Omega Gopher Bait Strychnine 5042-32 Gopher
PT Wasp Freeze Pyrethrin 499-362 Insects
Ramik Green Diphacinone 61282-46 Rodents
Ramik Oats Squirrel Bait Diphacinone 61282-24 Squirrels
RCO Avalon Gopher Grain Bait Strychnine 5042-34 Gopher
Spectracide Wasp & Hornet Killer Tetramethrin 9688-141-8845 Insects
Speed Zone 2, 4-Dichlorophenoxacetic acid 2217-835-ZA Weeds
Suspend Polyzone Deltamethrin 432-1514 Insects
Suspend SC Deltamethrin 432-763 Insects
Target Pro Spreader Activator Alkyl phenol ethoxylate 48813-50025-AA Surfactant
Tempo Ultra WP Cyfluthrin 432-1304 Insects
Termidor SC Fipronil 7969-210 Ants
Wasp Freeze Prallethrin 499-550 Insects
Wilco Gopher Getter Type 2 Diphacinone 36029-23 Gopher
Wilco Ground Squirrel AG Bait Diphacinone 36029-17 Squirrels
Wilco Zinc Gopher Bait Zinc Phosphide 36029-10 Gopher


Healthy Schools Act:

Vista Unified School District complies with the notification, posting, record-keeping, and all other requirements of the Healthy Schools Act. (Education Code Sections 17608-17613,48980.3; Food and Agricultural Code Sections 13180 – 13188)


Vista Unified School District employees have all obtained their QAC certificate by the California State Department of Pesticide Regulation. In addition, every year school district employees receive the following training prior to pesticide use:

  • Continued education to maintain each individual applicators QAC licensing in good standing
  • Pesticide safety training (Title 3 California Code of Regulations 6724)
  • School IPM training course approved by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (Education Code Section 16714; Food & Agricultural Code Section 13186.5).

Submittal of Pesticide Use Reports:

Reports of all pesticides applied by school district staff during the calendar year, except pesticides exempt from HSA recordkeeping, are submitted to the Department of Pesticide Regulation at least annually, by January 30 of the following year, using the form provided at (Education Code Section 16711).