Use of integrated pest management (IPM) principles and practices in the school environment is
a growing trend in communities throughout the United States. The implementation of IPM programs
in schools began in the 1970's, largely through the efforts of parents concerned with the effects
of pesticides on their children. Schools adopting IPM programs report effective pest suppression
as well as reduced costs and chemical use.
In contrast to traditional pest control, IPM focuses on solving pest problems with a variety of
methods, which include; pest monitoring programs, record keeping, increased sanitation and pest
exclusion devises. When the management tactics of an IPM program indicate the need for pesticides,
the pest management professional selects those materials that have the least impact on the human
population at risk of exposure. Furthermore, a concerted effort should be made to apply these pesticides
precisely to the smallest possible area.
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- Suppressing pests that may create allergens or carry disease pathogens.
- Reducing human exposure to pesticides.
- Reducing environmental pollution
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- Reducing pest damage (food and paper products).
- Reducing unnecessary pesticide applications.
- Improving staff and student attendance
- Minimizing emergency repairs
- Improving maintenance and sanitation
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- The implementation of IPM programs is required by Massachusetts’ Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides. Pursuant to section 15 of this act, violators can be subject to fines.
- A well planned, implemented and documented IPM program offers significant protection from liability concerning exposure to pests and pesticides.
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- Reducing reliance on pesticides as the sole means of control.