Integrated Pest Management
What Is Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process for achieving long-term, environmentally sound pest suppression through various tactics. Control strategies in an IPM program include structural and procedural improvements to reduce food, shelter, water, and access used by pests. It is a way of managing pests that takes human health and the environment into account. The focus is prevention. Pesticides are only used when absolutely necessary (emergencies, or when non-chemical measures alone were unsuccessful).
Many pests can trigger asthma, carry disease, or their stings can cause allergic reactions. The pesticides used to get rid of these pests can pose their own health risks to people, animals, and the environment. They can also pose special health risks to children because their organ system is still developing. Pest management in our School District is now being approached with the least possible risk to students and staff. Senate Bill 637 (incorporated into ORS Chapter 634 upon finalization in 2009) requires all school district to implement integrated pest management in their schools.