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What is School IPM|Wyoming School IPM

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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
Email: jconnett@uwyo.edu

What is IPM?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a dynamic process that helps schools to focus more on prevention than remediation. Generally, the step-based process of IPM is the same for any pest problem in any location. IPM strategies emphasize common sense combined with a variety of biological insights including the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment.

This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. Biological, cultural, physical, mechanical, and chemical methods are used in site-specific combinations to solve the pest problem. IPM programs take advantage of all appropriate pest management strategies like making the habitat less conducive to pest development, improving sanitation, and closing off pest entry points into buildings.

Other tools include plant varieties that are resistant to pests, sticky traps and selecting products that are least toxic or need to be used less frequently. Correct application is always an important aspect of IPM. Targeting pests in a variety of ways greatly increases successful control. IPM includes prevention, action thresholds, monitoring, control and record keeping.

IPM is an approach to managing pests in and around schools that helps maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff and reduces exposure to pests and potentially harmful chemicals. Additionally, teaching IPM to teachers and students can enhance pest prevention in schools.

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