Integrated pest management (IPM) is a program of prevention, monitoring, and control that offers the opportunity to eliminate or drastically reduce hazardous pesticide use. IPM is intended to establish a program that uses cultural, mechanical, biological, and other non-toxic practices, and only introduces least-hazardous chemicals as a last resort, if at all. This publication is intended to inform school community members and activists, policy decision makers, and pest management practitioners, all of whom play critical roles in getting schools to implement effective IPM programs. The report provides comprehensive details of IPM programs by: (1) explaining what an IPM program is and why it is necessary; (2) highlighting 27 school districts and individual school IPM policies and programs; and (3) outlining the basic steps to getting a school IPM program adopted.
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