PUBLISHED ON October 14th, 2014
The only bugs and rodents that kids should see during this time of year are those made of plastic. After all, the rubbery spider hanging from the ceiling is a classic. With the emergence of pests starting to overwinter, Washington and Oregon pest control experts remind schools and parents to practice integrated pest management, or IPM, to enhance the safety of their environment.
IPM is a decision making process that focuses on using the least toxic methods available to prevent and control pests. These methods include:
When an Oregon or Washington pest management expert needs to use a chemical application, he chooses one that’s the least toxic and target specifically for the pest in question.
Pesticide use in an environment can affect the growth, health and development of children, particularly because they spend more time on or close to the ground. In addition to posing long-term health risks, the toxins can also immediately affect a child’s concentration, ability to learn and health. For this reason, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends non-chemical and natural pest control solutions, such as eliminating sources of water, food and shelter in and around a building always be the first step in control or prevention.
Pest control techniques that schools and parents can easily employ to keep kids safe include:
Eden Pest offers integrated pest management and natural pest control solutions for schools that complies with EPA, LEED and Star Certification standards. Our Washington and Oregon pest control technicians make it a priority to prevent and control infestations in ways that make it possible to protect the health of our customers and the environment.