Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses common-sense methods to manage pests. It helps prevent pests from becoming a problem in the first place, reducing the need for pesticides. Pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides) are valuable tools, but are never intended to be a substitute for preventative measures such as sanitation and exclusion.
School IPM is facilitated by the Colorado Coalition for School IPM (CCSIPM) and meets twice a year. It’s a great opportunity to learn what’s happening with school IPM in Colorado and around the nation.
School IPM in Colorado is funded by Colorado State University, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Leaders from Colorado State University, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, school districts, National Environmental Health Association, and private pest control companies all contribute to furthering school IPM’s mission in Colorado.
Benefits of School IPM
The Business Case for School IPM — a look at the cost savings IPM can provide.