IPM TECHNICAL RESOURCE CENTER
Integrated Pest Management for Schools and Childcare Facilities
Parents - 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. As members of the community, parents can have a special influence on how things are done at schools and daycare centers. Educate yourself about IPM, make your school or daycare center more aware of IPM practices and encourage IPM adoption.
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