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Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that focuses on pest prevention by eliminating the root causes of pest problems. When infestations are present and require immediate intervention, the safest, most effective methods available for the situation are chosen.
Pennsylvania School IPM Program
In Pennsylvania, legislation was enacted (Act 36 of 2002) requiring each school district, intermediate unit and area vocational-technical school to develop an IPM plan. As part of the IPM program, the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and the Pennsylvania State University Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Education signed a memorandum of understanding to promote IPM implementation in schools. The IPM Program is administered by the Penn State Extension Office.
IPM for Pennsylvania Schools: A How-To Manual The manual includes technical information for Pennsylvania schools and fact sheets on specific pests (ants, cockroaches, fleas, mosquitos, head lice, rodents, yellowjackets and hornets, etc.)
Additional Resources
Information on school IPM is now easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device being used, including tablets and smartphones. The website focuses on providing vital information in the school setting for parents,school administrators, staff and pest management professionals.
IPM Practitioner's 2013 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products This directory lists more than 2,000 products such as baits, traps, pheromones, microbials, biocontrol agents, and other materials needed for IPM.
Pest Fact Sheets These fact sheets provide recommendations for preventing and controlling pest infestations and asthma triggers.
Updated: June 1, 2015