Integrated Pest Management Policy and Treatment Options for University Housing1

Kevyn J. Juneau, Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Norman C. Leppla, Kirk W. Martin, and A. Wayne Walker 2

This manual is only available in PDF format (52pp, 2 MB).

Purpose of this Manual

The purpose of this manual is to train pest management technicians and college/university staff in Integrated Pest Management (IPM). All new technicians should receive IPM training and new and existing employees should be provided with continuing education emphasizing IPM. Moreover, any person who applies pesticides for the college/university should practice IPM and be licensed as a commercial pesticide applicator by the state where the college/university is located. Pesticide applicators must follow state and federal regulations and apply pesticides according to the instructions on the labels. To assist college/university technicians and contract pesticide applicators in instituting IPM, this manual includes the college/university IPM policy, specific IPM objectives, responsibilities of the college/university IPM Technician, a flow chart of IPM actions, and requirements for using pesticides and associated recordkeeping. Pest problems can be prevented by requesting that maintenance be performed, providing education for residents, conducting inspections and monitoring, and establishing appropriate landscaping. Pest-specific IPM options are provided for ants; bed bugs; bees and wasps; birds and bats; booklice, silverfish, and earwigs; cockroaches; flies; rodents; stored product pests; termites; and weeds. Selected references are provided and there are forms for assuring service, pest surveillance, and record keeping.

Flow Chart of IPM Actions

Figure 1. IPM decision-making flow chart.
Figure 1.  IPM decision-making flow chart.


Funding for the 2012 version is provided by USDA-NIFA and the Regional IPM Centers. Funding for the original project was provided by the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, IPM Florida and Entomology and Nematology Department, and the University of Florida, Department of Housing and Residence Education.


1. This document is IPM151, one of a series of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date February 2011. Revised January 2012. Reviewed February 2018. Visit the EDIS website at
2. Kevyn J. Juneau, former student; Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, associate Extension scientist; Norman C. Leppla, professor/director-IPM Florida; Kirk W. Martin, containment scientist, entomology, USDA-APHIS-PPQ-Plant Health Program; and A. Wayne Walker, senior pest control technician, Department of Housing and Residence Education; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesvlle, FL 32611.