Massachusetts Pesticide Bureau Consumer Information
Bulletin FOR SCHOOLS, DAYCARE CENTERS AND SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE PROGRAMS
The Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act requires parents, staff, and children to receive this
Massachusetts Pesticide Bureau Consumer Information bulletin whenever pesticide applications
are being made on the property of your school, daycare center or school age child care program.
This bulletin is being provided to you along with a Standard Written Notification form and a
Pesticide Specific Factsheet.
Why am I receiving this information and what should I do when I receive it?
The purpose of the Standard Written Notification is to provide you with information about
pesticide applications which are taking place on the property of your school, day care center or
school age child care program. The bulletin provides information about precautions you can take
to minimize exposure to any pesticides. The Pesticide Specific Factsheets provide information
about the properties of the pesticides being used.
Who applies pesticides in my school, daycare center or school age child care program?
Commercial pest management professionals, facilities managers, grounds personnel or
custodians. Regardless of the approach used, the person who applies the pesticides must have
a current and valid Pesticide Bureau Applicator license. Check the standard written notification
form for the applicator's license number.
How do I know when pesticides are being applied?
Employees, supervised children and their guardians must receive standard written notification
at least two working days prior to the application of pesticides outdoors on the property. The
standard written notification form, which accompanies this bulletin, includes:
The notification must also be posted in a common area of the facility at least two working days
before the outdoor application is to commence and at least 72 hours after the application.
Treated areas will be posted with clear and conspicuous warning signs along the perimeter. This
information will be supplied to the school by the licensed pesticide applicator.
- approximate dates when the application shall commence and conclude;
- specific location of the application;
- product name, type and EPA Registration number of the pesticide;
- a Pesticide Specific Fact Sheet;
- a description of the purpose of the application and
- this Consumer Information Bulletin
Are applications of pesticides safe?
All pesticides must be treated with caution. They are intended to be specifically poisonous to
target pest insects, weeds, mold, fungus etc. - and may also be harmful to other living things
including humans. Some degree of risk is always posed by their use. Because of this inherent
risk, a number of regulatory and non-regulatory mechanisms have evolved to deal with those
risks. Included among these mechanisms are pesticide regulations such as those enforced by
the Massachusetts Pesticide Bureau; licensing and training of pesticide applicators; improved
pesticide application methods; and the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
What precautions can I take to minimize my exposure to pesticide applications?
There are several precautions that can be taken to reduce potential exposure to pesticides.
These precautions will vary depending on where and how the pesticides are applied. Chemicals
may be ingested, inhaled and absorbed through the skin. Know where the pesticide will be
applied and how you might come into contact with it. Use common sense. The licensed pesticide
applicator is required to post yellow signs to indicate a pesticide application on school grounds.
These are some suggested general precautions. Ask the licensed pesticide applicator for other
suggestions or directions specific to the work being done.
for outdoor applications
for indoor applications
- be familiar with the small yellow signs which applicators are required to post when a
pesticide is applied outdoors to turf. Stay off the field until the flags are removed.
- if you are sensitive to chemicals, avoid the area of pesticide application for 72 hours.
- ensure that pets are kept away from the area of pesticide application
What types of pesticides will be applied?
- cover or refrigerate edible products.
- remove or cover toys, clothes, and bedding from areas to be treated.
- remove pets including their food and water bowls and toys from the area to be treated
- ventilate as much as possible during and, following an indoor pesticide application, open the
- do not walk on treated areas and carpets until completely dry. Ask about drying times.
Pesticide applicators may apply pesticides in several forms for control of insects and weeds.
Dusts, aerosol sprays, sprays, baits, and fogs are all common forms in which pesticides exist
and are used. For control of termites, the soil around the building may be impregnated with a
pesticide. To control weeds, pesticides may be used as granules or sprays. Mechanical traps
may also be used to control rodents.
In Massachusetts schools daycare centers and school age child care programs have to develop
special pest management plans called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans. IPM is an
approach to pest management which relies on a combination of common sense practices,
including pesticides, for preventing and controlling pests. All plans are required to be submitted
to the Department of Agricultural Resources. Check the DAR website to see if your school has
submitted its plan. www.mass.gov/dfa
What if I have a question or problem?
Questions about what pesticides will be applied and why, and specific information about the
application should be referred to the licensed pesticide applicator doing the work.
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Pesticide Bureau is responsible for
enforcing the pesticide regulations and laws. Contact the Pesticide Bureau at 617-626-1781.
Additional information can be found at the Pesticide Bureau website: www.mass.gov/dfa
Updated June 2003.