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?

The IPM Institute of North America

IPM Toolkit for Family Child Care Homes

Integrated Pest Management in Child Care Centers- Environmental Protection Agency