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IPM TECHNICAL RESOURCE CENTER

Integrated Pest Management for Schools and Childcare Facilities

School Staff - Text Only Version


What is IPM?

IPM is a process for achieving long term, environmentally sound pest suppression through the use of a wide variety of technological and management practices. Control strategies in an IPM program extend beyond the application of pesticides to include structural and procedural modifications that reduce the food, water, living space and access used by pests. By eliminating potential food, water, and living space for pests, and sealing up their entry routes into buildings, the need for pesticides is greatly reduced. Pesticides are used only when a confirmed pest problem is present (no preventive treatments). Then, the least hazardous pesticide effective for control of a specific pest is applied using precision targeted treatments in areas not contacted or accessible to the children, faculty or staff. Every member of a school or childcare facility has a part to play in Integrated Pest Management. Custodial staff, kitchen staff and grounds maintenance personnel play vital roles in maintaining a clean and safe environment. More information about IPM practices for school staff is available in the Pest Management Practices section of this site. IPM Web Resources (Links)


The following links will direct you to the main pages of text-only areas of this site. From the main page of each area, you can visit all area topic pages. Click the "Back" button on your browser to return to the main area page. Pest Management Practices | Administrators | School Staff | Teachers | Students | Parents | Pest Management Professionals

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