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IPM Technical Resource Center

Integrated Pest Management for Schools and Childcare Facilities

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Hello, and Welcome!

Welcome to the IPM Technical Resource Center. This website is maintained at Purdue University to provide information and resources to schools and childcare facilities working to improve pest management practices to maintain safe and pest-free learning environments for children. This site is continuing to develop. Please bookmark this page and return often for additional resources. This "text-only" version of the site has met ADA Accessibility Level 1 Priority requirements, and is Bobby certified. To learn more about Bobby certification, follow the link.


On this page, learn more about: Clicking a link will take you down the page to the topic. Click "Return to the top of the page" to return to this list. How Do I Use This Site? Mission Statement What is IPM? What's New on the Website? IPM Resource Center Updates Toll Free Pest Management Hotline School IPM Links


How Do I Use This Site? The following links will direct you to the main pages of text-only areas of this site. These links are available on every site page (this does not include pages displaying article information alone). In addition, there are links on the main page of each area that will allow you to visit all area subtopic pages (pages containing information that fit in the main cateogry). You can either click the "Back" button on your browser or use the main page link to return to the main area page. Pest Management Practices | Administrators | School Staff | Teachers Students | Parents | Pest Management Professionals Return to the top of the page


Our Mission The IPM Technical Resource Center at Purdue University assists schools and childcare facilities in developing pest management programs that will: - effectively control pests that may threaten children's health - utilize a variety of pest control methods including non-chemical strategies - minimize the potential for pesticide exposure of children and other building occupants We work with pest control professionals as well as schools and childcare programs to provide easy access to technical information, tools, materials and training in Integrated Pest Management for children's environments. Return to the top of the page


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 preventative 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. Return to the top of the page


What's New on the Website?

Educational links for teachers

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IPM Resource Center Updates

Update: July 5, 2001

Previous Update: May 31, 2001

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Toll Free Pest Management Hotline The IPM Technical Center provides training and technical support for schools and childcare centers developing Integrated Pest Management policies and programs. Help is also available for pest management professionals working provide IPM solutions to schools and childcare facilities. Call the toll free IPM Hotline at 1-877-668-8IPM (8476). IPM Hotline services include: - Information about training opportunities for administrators and staff - Information on developing pest management policies and guidelines - Resources for developing contracts with pest management companies - Guidance on implementation of IPM in schools and childcare centers, including: - Exclusion - Sanitation - Monitoring - Pesticide selection and application strategies - Baiting and trapping - Record keeping - Notification Return to the top of the page