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School IPM Best Practices

This online resource provides easy-to-use information to assist implementation of integrated pest management on school property and facilitate reduced dependence on pesticides. Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a science-based approach to dealing with pests that uses sensible methods to protect human health and the environment, and generally reduces the cost of traditional pest treatments. Pests can be insects, plant diseases, weeds, or animals.

How to Practice Integrated Pest Management

IPM Basics

The Use of Pesticides on School Property

IPM Policies, Protocols, and Resources


The Steps of IPM

Common IPM Terms

Resources for Different Roles

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School Nurses Administrators, Teachers,
Staff, and Parents
Custodial and
Building Maintenance
School Grounds and
Athletic Fields
Pest Management

Site Specific Best Management Practices for School IPM


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