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IPM for Schools and Early Learning Environments

Session contents are adaptable to meet the needs of varied audiences, but typically include information about pests, pesticides, children’s health and best management practices.

Four modules focus on:

  1. Pests, Pesticide and Children’s Health - provides an overview of the critical health and property issues caused by pests. It provides basic information on key pests, the causes of chronic infestations, and effective preventative measures. The module also outlines basic health issues associated with children’s exposure to pesticides and how to reduce the risks of exposure. Components of an IPM program and benefits of using IPM are discussed.
  2. Pesticides & Alternatives: Reducing Health Risks Using IPM - covers more specific details on understanding common pesticides via “de-coding” information on the pesticide label. Module Two provides more details on how to choose least-risk, most-effective chemicals when needed for specific pests. How chemical tactics fit in with an IPM approach to different pests is also explained.
  3. Facility Walk-through – A Pest’s-eye View - explains in visual detail how to identify conditions conducive to pest infestations and potential “hot spots”, and what to do about them. A walk-through format identifies common areas that need attention in a practical, systematic way.
  4. Building your IPM Plan for a healthy, Pest-free Environment - explains how child care staff and/or facility managers can take information from Modules 1-3 to improve the success of pest management at their facility. It explains how to put together a basic policy and implementation plan for IPM in a childcare facility. Identification of the key IPM team members, each of their roles, and a communications strategy is covered. Everyone must cooperate in an IPM approach