IPM programs focus on prevention and removing the conditions that allow pests to thrive. This is accomplished through strategies like repairing leaks, protecting windows with weather stripping and installing door sweeps, as well as through targeted uses of pesticides.
“Children are among the most vulnerable members of our society, and EPA is working to protect them from needless threats,” EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Assistant Administrator Jim Jones said. “Our goal is to have schools across the nation implement sustainable pest management practices to provide a healthier learning environment for our students and teachers.”
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) received a grant of $241,000 for its project, "NEHA Mentorship Program for Developing School IPM Capabilities." The project will link local health departments with their corresponding school districts to facilitate partnership and an increased availability of technical resources.
Health Resources in Action will use the $300,000 grant it won to implement its "Keeping the Pests Out: The Economics of Integrated Pest Management in Schools" project, which will study the costs and benefits of IPM programs in schools.