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
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