FAQs: Integrated Pest Management

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What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a pest control system that minimizes the use of chemicals, and focuses on mechanical changes. IPM works primarily by reducing a pest’s access to water, food and shelter.


Pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) are poison. Exposure to pesticides (inhalation and/or consumption) is linked to asthma, headaches, birth defects, cancer, childhood leukemia, reproductive damage, and neurobehavioral problems.

How do I implement IPM?

Eco Tips for Child Care Providers:

  • Fix leaky taps
  • Caulk cracks and holes (insect entry ways)
  • Clean up crumbs…quickly!
  • Place food and trash storage in closed containers
  • Clean counter tops daily
  • Use least toxic pesticides as a last resort


Additional Resources on IPM:

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Pest Control Tips and Programs for Child Care Centers

The IPM Institute of North America

EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

IPM Toolkit for Family Child Care Homes