An effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program must have the
cooperation of the entire school staff including teachers, nurses, food service
workers, custodial staff and administration. All of these people need to know
basic concepts of integrated pest management and how they are utilized to control
pest problems within schools.
The most important assistance that staff and students can give to an effective
IPM program is through the use of sanitation. Many of the pest problems in schools
can be reduced, or even prevented from occurring, if students and staff ensure
that proper sanitation practices are followed. The more cooperation that is
received from these parties the better the results achieved by the IPM program.
Some areas that receive special attention due to their susceptibility for pest
problems include coffee and snack areas, staff lounges, refrigerators and
microwaves, vending machines, mop closets, trash cans, desks and lockers.
Students can help prevent pest problems by:
Staff can help in the prevention of pest problems by:
It is just as important to receive the same commitment from parents, since they
also play an important role in the effectiveness of the pest management program
in schools. IPM programs and the people providing these services need the support
of parents. Parents should be aware of the pest management programs being utilized
at their children's school.Parents can help in the prevention of pest problems by:
IPM is a way to help insure a clean and safe school building for students.
Additional information on pest management programs within the school system can
be obtained by contacting school administrators.
The foundation of an effective pest management program is good sanitation. Trash
disposal and sound structural maintenance also play important roles in an IPM
program. Staff and students must understand how their actions can increase or
decrease pest problems in the school. With a combined effort by school
administrators, staff, students, parents, and the pest control specialist to
incorporate the following practices, many pest problems can be avoided within the
Through the use of these practices, pest problems can often be eliminated before
they ever occur. An inhospitable environment is created for the pest by depriving
it of food, water and harborage needed for its survival. Further information on
integrated pest management in schools can be obtained from the Maryland Department
of Agriculture's IPM Leaflet No. 1, Integrated Pest Management - What
Is It ?
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