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A “Back to school” quiz: do you know WHAT “IPM” is?

A “Back to school” quiz: do you know WHAT “IPM” is?

National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages parents’ support of properly implemented Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs in schools

National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages parents’ support of properly implemented Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs in schools

Fairfax, VA) — With the new school year upon us, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – a cutting edge approach to pest control – is likely to reemerge as a “hot” topic for local school districts.  Currently, thirty-three states have passed legislation addressing some matter related to IPM in schools.  Yet, for an issue that is finding political traction, 67% of the general public report having little to no knowledge of IPM (2007 survey, NPMA/Harris Interactive).  With pests posing a year round concern in schools, school districts continue to play a central role in the IPM debate. Parents need to be able to make informed decisions about IPM in their schools, especially considering the threat pests may pose to both health and property.

“We encourage parents to educate themselves about IPM and to serve as advocates for its proper implementation, especially in schools.” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.  “IPM involves common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests through inspection, identification and treatment.  Treatment options vary from sealing cracks to removing water sources to applying products, when necessary.   Most importantly, though, a proper IPM execution requires a partnership with a licensed pest professional.”

To provide consumers with a comprehensive, “go-to” resource about integrated pest management, NPMA has recently launched www.WhatIsIPM.org.  This site offers the public timely information on IPM.  Additionally, WhatisIPM.org features a “virtual home” tour, which affords visitors a “hands-on” opportunity to learn how pests enter a home and how IPM techniques can help to prevent infestations. As the “go to” information source for parents and school administrators, WhatisIPM.org also features a section on IPM in schools.

To learn more about integrated pest management visit www.WhatIsIPM.org.  For information on finding a local pest professional, visit www.pestworld.org.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 6,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.