Pest Management is an effective and environmentally
sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a
combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use
current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of
pests and their interaction with the environment. This
information, in combination with available pest control
methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most
economical means, and with the least possible hazard to
people, property, and the environment.
Thurston County's Pest and
Vegetation Management Policy
In 1987, Thurston County Commissioners appointed a broad-based citizens committee
to study the county’s use of pesticides and to recommend a policy to address their
use. This was in response to a growing concern by many citizens on the use of pesticides
by the county and its impacts on the environment, public health and safety. The resulting
"Pest and Vegetation Management Policy" provides guidelines for county personnel who are
involved with operations that are related to pests and vegetation management.
The policy does not govern private parties on private land or other government agencies,
however, it serves as a model for others interesting in minimizing the use of pesticides.
Click here to view the Thurston County Pest and Vegetation Management Policy.
Thurston County Requirements for Integrated Pest Management Plans
Integrated Pest Management Plans (IPMP) are required by Thurston County for certain land use projects located in
a Category I or II Aquifer Recharge Area located in areas where drinking water sources are vulnerable to
IPMPs are required for:
- Subdivisions of 10 lots or greater (excluding large lots).
- Any land use project that incorporates maintained open space areas totaling more than five acres.
- All land use projects located within a delineated well head capture zone for a group A public water supply.
Click here to learn more about Thurston County Requirements for Pest Management Plans.
Contact Mark J. Swartout at (360) 709-3079 or by Email if you have any questions.