School IPM Protects Kids from Pests and Pesticides

Integrated pest management is important in school settings for several reasons.

A clean teachers' loungeBoth pests and pesticides are potentially harmful for kids and adults in schools. Common schools pests like the German cockroach or mice can carry disease and cause allergic responses. And children can be more at risk for harm from sprayed pesticides because of their behavior – playing on the floor or in grassy areas, for instance – and because of their developing physiology.

That’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, many state agencies and IPM organizations stress school IPM, and several states, including California and Oregon, have laws that mandate IPM use in school or child-care settings.

 Here are some websites and resources related to school IPM.

Western State School IPM Sites

California 

Colorado 

Montana 

Oregon 

Oregon state site 

Utah 

Washington 

Wyoming 

Regional or National Sites

Western Region School And Home IPM Work Group 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

National School IPM Website (U of Florida) 

IPM Institute of North America