Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program for County Properties:
The enactment of Suffolk County Local Law No. 34-1999 mandated the phase-out of any pesticide use on County-owned properties by 2003 except by special use exemption provided for in Chapter 647 of the Suffolk County Code. The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program for County Properties performs vital functions with regard to this pesticide prohibition law and the pest control requirements of the Suffolk County Code.
The IPM Program is implemented under contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) to support County facilities’ compliance with the pesticide prohibition. CCE performs various necessary functions, including research and demonstration projects on pest management both indoors and outdoors, conducting site visits to scout early diagnosis of pest problems and provide viable alternatives to pest control, performing maintenance activities at County facilities to prevent pest incidences, and providing training to County employees in alternative pest management techniques and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
For more information on the IPM program visit CCE's website, click here.
IPM Fact Sheets
Pesticide Community Advisory Committee:
The Pesticide Community Advisory Committee (Pesticide CAC) established by Suffolk County Local Law No. 34-1999 and pursuant to Chapter 647 of the Suffolk County Code is a central component of the IPM Program. The Pesticide CAC oversees the implementation of the pesticide prohibition on County properties and manages the use of any necessary pesticides by reviewing requests and approving special use exemptions. The Pesticide CAC is managed by the Department of Economic Development and Planning’s Division of Water Quality Improvement, and includes other County agencies, CCE, cancer awareness advocates, and environmental organizations. The Pesticide CAC works to capitalize on the experiences of various stakeholders to consider the necessity of exemptions and to promote the ongoing development and use of alternative pest management strategies and BMPs on County properties.
The next Pesticide Community Advisory Committee (Pesticide CAC) public meeting will be held on Monday, March 11th at 1:30pm, on Zoom. Please click HERE for information on how to attend.
Pesticide Community Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda
For more information on the Pesticide Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) contact Jennifer at: Jennifer.McGivern@suffolkcountyny.gov or call (631) 853-4412
To apply for a Temporary Special Use Exemption on a County property please fill out this EXEMPTION FOR SPECIAL USE PROPERTIES FORM and send to: Jennifer.McGivern@suffolkcountyny.gov