PESTICIDES AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT FOR SCHOOLS
Information on the use of pesticides, integrated pest management guidelines, specifications, training, implementation and management in school buildings and grounds.
References to Books and Other Media
EPA: Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool, Version 2[HealthySEAT]
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2012)
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's second version of a free software tool that helps school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues. HealthySEAT is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct voluntary self-assessments of their school facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school. EPA has also included critical elements of all of its regulatory and voluntary programs for schools, as well as web links to more detailed information. Enhancements for Version 2 include user-defined custom checklists, custom notification letters, additional and updated reports and forms, new navigation improvements, e-mail functionality, changes in terminology, and additional documentation.
EPA: Healthy School Environments Resources
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2012)
These web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Topics covered include chemical use and management; design, construction, and renovation; energy efficiency; facility operations and maintenance; indoor environmental quality; legislation and regulation; outdoor air pollution; portable classrooms; safety/preparedness; waste; and waste reduction.
The Business Case For Integrated Pest Management in Schools: Cutting Costs and Increasing Benefits
Kelly Chambers, Thomas Green, Dawn Gouge, Janet Hurley, Tim Stock, Zach Bruns, Mark Shour, Carrie Foss, Fudd Graham, Kathy Murray, Lynn Braband, Sherr
(IPM Institute of North America, Sep 2011)
Case study document provides new market insights and tips and helps explain how Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can improve health initiatives, facility management, and renovation and design strategies. Discusses harnessing the benefits of IPM, the benefits of IPM in green schools, reducing IPM, and IPM program costs. Describes how to improve schools’ ability to educate and gain cooperation from key individuals including superintendents, facility managers, custodians, school nurses, kitchen staff and parents. 8p
School IPM 2015: A Strategic Plan for Integrated Pest Management in Schools in the United States.
Green, Thomas; Gouge, Dawn, editors
(U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional IPM Centers , Feb 25, 2009)
Calls for a 70 percent reduction in pest complaints and pesticide use in schools and presents actions and a timeline for a coordinated effort to engage professionals in all walks of school life, including parents, teachers, custodians, food service staff, school administrators, pest management professionals, extension staff, regulators and architects. Advice on getting communities to alter behaviors regarding pests and pesticides, an overview of pest management in U.S. schools, advice on preventing and avoiding pest-conducive conditions, pests, and pesticide Hazards, and extensive pest-specific information are included. Appendices offer lists of pest management options used at schools, school pest management-related legislation by state, organizations with roles in school IPIM, and state and regional IPM contacts. Also included in the appendices are a school IPM report card, glossary, biographies, a bibliography, a school IPM planning and evaluation tool, and IPM curriculum support tools. 286p.
Integrated Pest Management Checklist.
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC , 2009)
Guides the pest control staff in assessing products, practices, and scheduling that affect indoor air quality, either positively or negatively. Indoor and outdoor preventive strategies, as well as storage and use of chemicals and recordkeeping are discussed. The checklist is used in conjunction with a background information document, found at http://epa.gov/iaq/schools/pdfs/kit/checklists/ipmcklstbkgd.pdf 6p.
References to Journal Articles
Strategies for Sustainable Landscapes.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n5 , p24,26 ; May 2011
Discusses current high-efficiency irrigation systems, low-maintenance and regionally hardy plants, and integrated pest management for more environmentally conscious and affordable landscapes.
Got Bed Bugs? Don't Panic.
Pesticides and You; v30 n4 , p13-17 ; Jan 2011
Describes the current bed bug resurgence, noting that bed bugs do not transmit disease, how they can be detected, and how to control them with environmental modification, laundering, vacuuming, and heat treatments.
Pesticides and IPM.
School Planning and Management; v50 n1 , p77-79 ; Jan 2011
Discusses pest management that goes beyond just treating for infestations, involving design and occupant behavior. Low-toxicity treatments are described for infestations, as well as how to determine if an infestation might be that of a benign insect. Timing of treatments, mixing strategies, and biological controls are also addressed.
Bed Bug Policy.
Pesticides and You; v30 n4 , p18-20 ; Jan 2011
Describes actions by the federal government to assist in bed bug control without allowing the use of pesticides deemed toxic.
Sleeping with the Enemy.
College Planning and Management; v14 n1 , p90-92 ; Jan 2011
Discusses the rising problem of bedbugs in dormitories. Techniques for identifying and infestation are discussed as is de-infesting with chemicals and heat.
School Planning and Management; v49 n11 , p32,34 ; Nov 2010
Discusses pest control with an emphasis on eliminating their habitat. The elimination of a severe cockroach infestation in a school kitchen by simply eliminating their favorable breeding ground is cited.
American School and University; v83 n3 , p220-222 ; Nov 2010
Discusses the hazards that bedbugs, rodents, and cockroaches present in school settings, and lists 21 steps that school occupants and employees can take to prevent infestation, particularly in a situation where professional pest management services are being reduced.
Pest Management: Why Institutions Still Need These Services in an Economic Downturn.
American School and Hospital Facility; v33 n2 , p20-22 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Cautions against abandoning pest control programs during a depressed economy. Advice for seeking the best pest control even with a reduced budget is offered, as are suggestions for eliminating pest infestation through regular facility management procedures.
Schooling Without Pesticides.
Pesticides and You; v29 n4 , p9-11 ; Winter 2010
Reviews pending School Environment Protection Act (SEPA), which aims to ensure the management of school grounds without the use of toxic pesticides.
The School Environment Protection Act of 2009: Myths and Facts.
Feldman, Jay; Owens, Kagan
Pesticides and You; v29 n4 , p12-18 ; Winter 2010
Details truths and misconceptions surrounding the School Environment Protection Act (SEPA).
Why Integrated Pest Management in Schools?
Discusses how pesticide use can make children ill, and emphasizes natural barriers and sanitation to control pests.
Pests: An Integrated Strategy.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n10 , p22 ; Oct 2009
Discusses elements of Green Shield certification from the Integrated Pest Management Society (IPM) Institute of North America. Documentation, pesticide selection, procedures, use of outside contractors, and groundskeeping are addressed.
Schooling of State Pesticide Laws 2010 Update.
Pesticides and You; v29 n3 , p9-20 ; Fall 2009
Examines state legislative efforts pertaining to pesticide use in and around schools. The report discusses hazards of pesticides commonly used in schools, a lack of federal protection, proposed federal legislation to establish national standards for integrated pest management at schools, effective integrated pest management strategies, examples of progressive state programs and legislation, and guidance on the safe application of pesticides. Includes 26 references.
A Pest-Free Process.
Hallberg, Rosemary; Hurley, Janet
American School and University; v81 n12 , p24-26 ; Jul 2009
Discusses tight construction details, finishes, and techniques to prevent pest intrusion into schools, as well as building and grounds maintenance processes that can help deter pests after occupancy, including thoughtful landscaping and outdoor lighting.
Birds, Bats and Rodents, Oh My!
American School and Hospital Facility; v32 n2 , p18,20,21 ; Mar-Apr 2009
Cites examples of bird and bat infestations at educational institutions, the health hazards they present, and typical ways to repel them.