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Oregon Requiring Integrated Pest Management for Schools

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an environmentally sensitive and effective approach to controlling pests (both flora and fauna) that involves using common-sense practices that pose the least amount of risk to the earth, people and property. Oregon pest control specialists practice IPM by learning more about the pests and their nests on a property; monitoring pests to identify those that are beneficial (such as ladybugs); employing prevention techniques; and setting controls to help eliminate the problem. Empty Swingset

While integrated pest management is considered a desirable practice just about anywhere, it’s actually a required method for Oregon pest control professionals who contract with schools throughout the state. Here’s a look at why:

Harmful Effects of Pesticides on Children

The use of herbicides and insecticides can affect the short- and long-term health of students and school staff, as such ingredients can persist in air and dust particles for several months. While occasionally pesticides are necessary, the Oregon government and other governmental agencies recommend that children are minimally exposed. Oregon school districts are taking these recommendations seriously and will use integrated pest management techniques to help prevent and control pests. The result is a cost-effective solution that can help save school districts money as well as create a safer learning environment.

IPM in Schools

IPM policies will require schools to monitor and keep track of the pests they encounter to help prevent future outbreaks. With the data collected, Oregon pest control specialists can better determine the level of action needed. IPM practices dictate the use of the least toxic control methods first. Such methods can include sealing off access points into a building, eliminating sources of food, improving sanitary conditions or setting traps. School should use pesticides to control pests only as a last resort only after making sure the ingredients are not linked to health problems.

IPM is an essential Oregon pest control approach that is more effective than the simple spraying of pesticides. The new pest control practices Oregon schools are adopting will help ensure the highest levels of air quality and a healthy, pest-free environment.

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