IPM Oklahoma! CARES for your School!
IPM C.A.R.E.S. about our schools!
A Well-designed School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is:
Comprehensive: It uses all effective tools to manage pests.
Adaptable: It can be modified to address any pest situation.
Responsible: It does least harm to people and the environment.
Economical: It is economically sound.
Sustainable: It reduces pest problems over the long-term.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles can be applied to virtually every aspect of our lives, including our schools.
Children are more sensitive to pesticide exposure than adults because they are smaller, have less-developed immune systems and are greater risk for exposure to pesticides from crawling, exploring, or other hand-to-mouth activities. Since children spend so much of their day at school, IPM provides a way to create a safer learning environment that reduces pests AND children's exposure to pesticides.
IPM programs emphasize PREVENTION, INSPECTION and the use of a wide variety of NON-CHEMICAL tools BEFORE pesticide applications are ever considered.
IPM Oklahoma! can help you with your school IPM program. For more information please contact:
Dr. Tom A. Royer, IPM Coordinator
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
127 NRC Stillwater, OK 74078-3033