Why Is IPM So Important in Schools?
Children are more sensitive than adults to pesticide exposure, and pests such as cockroaches can cause health problems. Pests must be dealt with using least-toxic methods.
The EPA and most states recommend (some require) IPM practices on school grounds. Starting an IPM program has an initial cost, but once established, usually costs less than traditional pesticide-centered treatments. Since children spend so much time at school, IPM is important to the health of students, as well as staff.