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Indiana IPM: Information, Contacts, and Resources
Laws and Regulations

Indiana currently has no laws specifically requiring the use of Integrated Pest Management in schools or childcare facilities, although voluntary implementation is strongly encouraged.


In January 2001, Senator Gard introduced senate bill #143 that would "require the governing body of a public school or nonpublic school to adopt and implement policies and procedures designed to effectively control pests and minimize the potential exposure of children to pesticides in school buildings."

The bill was read in the session on Jan 8, 2001, and referred to the committee of environmental affairs. A sister bill authored by Representative Avery was introduced to the House of Representatives on Jan 9 and referred to the Education Committee. In a hearing on February 6, it was decided that legislation would be put on hold pending adequate voluntary adoption of IPM by schools in Indiana. In December 2001, the Office of the Indiana State Chemist was required to report back to the legislature on the extent of voluntary policy adoption in Indiana schools. At that time, a survey conducted by the Indiana School Board Association ISBA indicated that 191 Indiana public school corporations (65%) had adopted the new policy. By February, 2002, the number had climbed to 92%, according to ISBA.

Text of proposed legislation

Indiana Senate Bill 143
House Bill 1250

Pest Management Policy Guidelines for Schools

Although IPM is not currently mandated by state law, guidelines for improved pest management practices have been created by the Indiana Pesticide Review Board (IPBR) and approved by the Indiana School Board Association (ISBA) in 2001. This document outlines practices intended to protect the health of children, faculty and staff in public schools. These guidelines address adoption of a pest control policy, notification of staff and parents prior to pesticide applications, and qualifications of pesticide applicators, among other issues.

This advisory policy and recommended practices are consistent with the principles of Integrated Pest Management. In fact, adoption of a pest control policy is one of the most basic components of any IPM program.

This model policy can be used as a template to craft a pest control policy that is tailored to the needs of individual school corporations throughout the state.

Advisory policy from the Indiana School Board Association

Database of Indiana Schools with information about policy adoption and pest management training. Maintained by Improving Kids’ Environment.

Pest Management Guidelines for Schools

Indiana currently has no laws specifically requiring the use of Integrated Pest Management in childcare facilities, although voluntary implementation is strongly encouraged.

Discussions are underway currently among the Indiana Pesticide Review Board and state IPM experts on a draft policy for notification and improved pest management practices in Indiana daycares.

Pesticide Applicator and IPM Training Opportunities

The Purdue Pesticide Programs website provides current information on Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training programs.

For current IPM training opportunities for school personnel, pest managers, and childcare professionals, visit the Purdue IPM Technical Resource Center training page.

School and Childcare IPM Resources in Indiana
For information and resources related to IPM

Tim Gibb
Coordinator, IPM Technical Resource Center
Purdue University
Department of Entomology
901 West State Street, Smith Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1158
Phone: 765-496-7520
Fax: 765-494-0535

For information about Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training and issues on health and the environment:

Fred Witford
Coordinator, Purdue University Pesticide Programs
Purdue University
Botany Department
1155 Lilly Hall of Life Sciences
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1155
Phone: 765-494-1284

For information about pesticide regulations and investigations:
Dave Scott
Pesticide Administrator, Office of the Indiana State Chemist
Department of Botany
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-1583
Fax: 765-494-4331
For information about IPM Programs in other states or Indiana Pilot IPM programs:
Marc Lame
Director, Community Assistance Fellowship Program
Indiana University
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Room 240
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-7874
Fax: 812-855-7802
For IPM advice from school personnel with IPM experience:
John Carter, Director of Planning
Jerry Jochim, IPM Coordinator
Monroe County Community School Corporation
560 E. Miller Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-330-7720
Fax: 812-330-7791
For information on state children's health initiatives including IPM and air quality issues:
Tami Johnson
Children's Environmental Health Manager
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
150 West Market Street, Suit 703
P.O. Box 6015
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6015
Phone: 317-233-5628
Fax: 317-233-5627

For information on IPM and the 5 Star Program for child care in Indiana:

Gayla McCarty
Program Director
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
150 West Market Street, Suite 703
phone: 317-233-1046 (800) 988-7901 (instate only)

For information on school IPM issues in Indiana from the pest management professional perspective:

Leon Williams
POW Pest, Inc.
Box 535
Farmersburg, IN 47859-0535
Phone: 812-696-2100
Fax: 812-696-5150

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