What is IPM?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach that maintains a high standard of pest control while reducing reliance on high-risk pesticides.
IPM includes regular monitoring to detect problems early, acting against pests only when necessary, choosing the most effective option with the least risk to people and the environment, and applying knowledge about pest biology to create long-term, prevention-based solutions.
IPM can be practiced in any environment where insects, plant diseases, weeds or wildlife create problems, including
schools, farms, homes, workplaces, parks and lawns.
a School IPM Week?
The goals of the first IPM in Schools Week are to:
Increase awareness of IPM
as a solution to reducing pest and pesticide risks in schools and
other sensitive environments
Increase support for IPM
by encouraging student, teacher and parent participation in
IPM-related educational activities.
How can I participate?
Professionals involved in all aspects of IPM, including educators,
scientists, crop consultants, pest management professionals,
environmentalists and others are invited to take the IPM
Pledge and conduct an IPM-related
educational activity during the week.
Teachers at all grade levels
are encouraged to recruit parents, neighbors and others with experience
in an IPM-related field to visit their classrooms and participate in an
IPM-related educational activity.
IPM in schools works!
The New York City Board of
Education, representing approximately 1200 school buildings, has reduced the use of
a high-risk class of pesticides from 918 to 22 lbs. per year. Since 1988, the school system has used over 8000 tubes of sealing silicone
glue to close potential pest entries. More success
stories at http://www.ipminstitute.org/school_biblio.htm#Success
IPM in Schools Week is
supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide
Environmental Stewardship Program, the National
Foundation for IPM Education and members and supporters of the IPM
Institute of North America.