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Benefits of School IPM|University of Wyoming Extension

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John Connett
School IPM Specialist
UW-ES, Entomology-ESM
Dept. 3354
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-5022
Fax: (307) 766-6403
John Connett

Benefits of IPM

Kids deserve a safe place to learn and grow. Today’s children spend a significant part of their lives in school.

Pest management is an important, but often overlooked, part of school safety. Pest control was simpler for the one room schoolhouses in early Wyoming. Modern facilities often include food preparation areas, athletic fields, as well as, areas for art and other projects. There are simply more teachers and students to maintain the grounds for.

The more pesticides are used, the more potential there is for non-target exposure even if it’s only from residual material on surfaces that children come into contact with. Younger children have unique metabolisms and tendency to put things in their mouths.

Pests can trigger asthma attacks, allergies, and other respiratory problems. The risk of harm from exposure to pests and pesticides is relatively higher for children than for adults exposed at the same levels.

Integrated Pest management (IPM) makes schools less accessible to pests and less inhabitable to pests that happen to get in. The purpose of using IPM is to make schools safer by decreasing pest and pesticide risks for students, teachers, and other people who work in schools. Over time, the efficiencies in an IPM program can also save schools money.

Added Costs

Initiating an IPM program may require repair and maintenance activities to prevent pest entry and to eliminate sources of shelter, food, and moisture.

  • Improving waste management by moving trash or garbage containers away from school buildings to reduce the opportunity for pest invasion

  • Re-landscaping the area adjacent to buildings to discourage pests

  • Training staff in IPM

In the long term, these repair and maintenance activities can reduce overall costs of the pest control operation.

Pests that Contribute to Asthma

Rodents, cockroaches, birds, bats, are some of the pests that may contribute to asthma. Pollen and mold also contribute to asthma.

Pests in Schools That Can Spread Disease

Birds, bats, cockroaches, fleas, flies, Mosquitos, rodents, and ticks are some of the pests that can vector disease.

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