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Integrated Pest Management in Schools Program

EPA’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools Program is a national effort to make safe and effective pest management a standard practice in all of our nation’s schools. IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to pest control. Learn more about integrated pest management.

By practicing IPM, schools focus on pest prevention, inspect for pest problems, and only apply pesticides when needed. This reduces exposure to pests and pesticides for students, teachers, and other people who work in schools.

Goals of the IPM in Schools Program include:

  • Making schools inaccessible to and uninhabitable by pests,
  • Making schools a safer place in which to learn and work by decreasing pest and pesticide exposure risks,
  • Increasing the number of schools adopting IPM,
  • Increasing IPM awareness among school districts, school staff, parents, and students.

EPA’s Strategic and Implementation Plan for School IPM (13pp, 234k about PDF) explains how the EPA will promote the goal that all of the nation’s children be covered by a verifiable and ongoing school IPM program.

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