Schools and Daycare Facilities
The EPA recommends that schools use integrated pest management (IPM) to reduce pesticide risk and exposure to children. Put simply, IPM is a safer, and usually less costly option for effective pest management in a school community. A school IPM program uses common sense strategies to reduce sources of food, water and shelter for pests in your school buildings and grounds. An IPM program takes advantage of all pest management strategies, including the judicious and careful use of pesticides when necessary.
Pesticides are powerful tools for controlling pests. However, pesticides need to be used carefully and judiciously, especially when used in sensitive areas where children are present.
Children are more sensitive than adults to pesticides. Young children can have greater exposure to pesticides from crawling, exploring, or other hand‐to‐mouth activities.
Since children spend so much of their day at school, integrated pest management provides an opportunity to create a safer learning environment ‐ to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides as well as eliminate pests. The EPA is encouraging school officials to adopt IPM practices to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides.
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