Title: School IPM 2015: A Strategic Plan for Integrated Pest Management in Schools in the United States
Abstract: Pest management practices in our nation's schools are in need of improvement. More than 50 published surveys and studies since 1994 have documented deficiencies including unmanaged pest infestations, unsafe and illegal use of pesticides, and unnecessary pesticide exposures to individuals at schools. Improvement is feasible and affordable. Pest complaints and pesticide use in schools and other public buildings have been reduced by 71 to 93% through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), with no long-term increase in costs. Full implementation of IPM includes a thorough understanding of pests and pest biology by pest managers; careful inspection and monitoring for pest presence and pest-conducive conditions; and pest prevention through effective education, sanitation and facility maintenance. Pesticides are used only when non-chemical measures are inadequate. When needed, pesticide products are selected that minimize toxicity and potential for exposure. Our challenge is to replicate our well documented IPM successes in all of our schools. The goal of this Pest Management Strategic Plan is to assess the current status of pest management in our school systems, compile our current understanding of best practices and set out a plan of action to achieve full implementation of IPM in all of our schools by 2015.
Source: IPM Institute of North America
Date of Publication: December 2008
Resource Type: Article/Report
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