Integrated Pest Management

The City of Walnut Creek has established an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy, which covers City-owned and managed facilities. 

What is IPM?

BeeIntegrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to the established guidelines, and treatment are made with the goal of removing only the target organisms. Pest control materials are selected and applied by trained staff in a manner that minimizes risk to beneficial, non-target organisms, and the environment.

Click here to view the City's IPM policy.

Click here to view FAQs about the City's Pesticide Use.


Click here for more information on how you can reduce pesticide use at your home and garden.

Regional Water Board Quality Control

The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board staff recently completed their review of the FY 2015-16 Stormwater Annual Reports from 76 regulated municipalities (permittees) within the Bay Area. This audit is to determine if municipalities are in compliance with their Clean Water permit. Their review was primarily focused on the following sections:

  • Provision C.9.a requires permittees to report on the quantities of pesticide active ingredients used in their municipal operations.
  • Provision C.9.c requires permittees to state how they verify compliance with their IPM policies and actions taken to correct contractor performance.
  • Provision C.9.e requires permittees to conduct outreach to consumers of pesticides at the point of purchase, outreach to residents who contract with professionals for pest control (both structural and landscape) and outreach to pest control professionals (POCs) themselves.

The Water Board found the City of Walnut Creek to be in compliance with the sections able. They further acknowledged City staff's efforts in consulting the City's IPM Coordinator's approval of the scope of contractor's work prior to application.

Product - Approved Use List

The IPM Coordinator shall maintain a list of all pesticides that have been approved for use. This list applies to Staff and Outside Contractors.

Click on the Product Name for Label Information or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) link for additional product information.

Product Safety Data Sheets Active Ingredient Signal Word Use
Acelepryn G pdf image Chlorantraniliprole No Signal Word Insecticide
Avenger pdf image d-limonene Caution Herbicide
Crosshair pdf image modified vegetable oil, organic acid Caution Adjuvant
Deerscram pdf image dried blood, garlic, cloves Caution Repellant
Dimension 2EW  pdf image  Dithiopyr  Caution  Herbicide
Fiesta pdf image Iron HEDTA Caution Herbicide
Liquid Fence Goose Repellant pdf image Methyl Anthranilate Caution Repellant
Magnify pdf image Alkyl polyglycoside, Ammonium sulfate, Ammonium nitrate Caution Adjuvant
Nu Film pdf image Pinene Polymers, a-Omega-hydroxypoly Caution Adjuvant
Rodeo pdf image Glyphosate Caution Herbicide
Sluggo pdf image Iron Phosphate Caution Molluscicide
Specticle pdf image Indaziflam No Signal Word Herbicide
Specticle G  pdf image Indaziflam No Signal Word  Herbicide
Sureguard pdf image Flumioxazin Caution Herbicide
Sureguard SC  pdf image  Flumioxazin Caution  Herbicide
Turflon Ester Ultra pdf image Triclopyr Caution Herbicide
Wasp Freeze II pdf image d-trans Allethrin Caution Insecticide

Product - Limited Use List

Use of a product on the Limited Use Products List requires written approval from the IPM Coordinator and Public Works Manager. A 6-week window of use for the Limited Use product will be allowed pending approval. This list applies to Staff and Outside Contractors.

Click on the Product Name for Label Information or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) link for additional product information.

Product Safety Data Sheets Active Ingredient Signal Word Use
Barricade .48% pdf image Prodiamine Caution Herbicide
Dimension 270G pdf image Dithiopyr Caution Herbicide
Eaton’s Answer Gopher Bait pdf image Diphacinone Caution Rodenticide
Fusilade II pdf image  Fluazifop-P-butyl,Butyl-2-propanoate Caution Herbicide
Kaput - D pdf image Diphacinone Caution Rodenticide
Pentrabark pdf image Alkylphenol ethoxylate, polysiloxane polyether copolymer,propylene glycol Caution Adjuvant
Sedgehammer pdf image Halosulfuron-methyl Caution Herbicide
Talpirid pdf image  Bromethalin Caution  Rodenticide
Tristar 8.5SL pdf image Acetamiprid Caution Insecticide
Wasp-Freeze II  pdf image Prallethrin Caution Insecticide

Emergency Exemption Process

In the event that the protection of public health requires the use of a pesticide not on the Approved or Limited Use lists above, the IPM coordinator will make a recommendation to the IPM committee to allow staff or an outside contractor to use an unlisted product.  The exceptions shall be granted on a per-case basis and shall apply to a specific pest problem for a limited time. 

Emergency Exemptions must demonstrate the following:

  1. Compelling need to use the product.
  2. Good faith effort to find alternatives to proposed pesticide.
  3. Effective, economic alternatives to the particular pesticide do not exist for the particular use.
  4. Reasonable plan for investigating alternatives to the pesticide in question during the exemption request.

For more information about the City's IPM efforts, please call 925-943-5854 to speak with the IPM Coordinator.