About Community IPM
The Community IPM Project has both experts and resources to help schools, local agencies, and house projects with pest management programs. We are a clearinghouse for information. We can provide school training videos, brochures, posters, and we can guide you to other useful IPM information.
We provide technical pest management support for:
- School IPM coordinators
- Building maintenance professionals
- Pest management professionals
- Policy and program guideline reviews
- School personnel wanting in-service training
- Educational presentations for administrators, parents and teachers
- Housing authorities
- Health departments and sanitarians
- Childcare facilities
- Zoos and parks
- Pesticide applicator continuing education
- Emergency and homeless shelters
The Community IPM Projects has special expertise in using IPM to promote children’s health. The value of IPM in schools was recognized early. Since 1995 Texas has had laws and requirements governing pesticide use in and around public schools. Texas AgriLife Extension’s Community IPM Project works with public school employees, teaching them how to conduct IPM in schools and about pesticide and other school IPM regulations. The Community IPM Project promotes children’s health by educating school employees, pest management professionals, and others on the use of IPM in the community.
Children deserve a safe place to learn and grow. Pest control is an important but often overlooked part of school safety. In addition to everyday hazards such as cockroaches, weeds, and mice, improperly used products to control pests are potentially hazardous.
Benefits of integrated pest management include:
- Improved indoor air quality
- Reduced need for pesticides
- Better pest control for schools, communities, and multifamily housing
By following IPM practices, communities engaged in area-wide pest control programs comply with clean water standards; improve the environment, health and quality of life; and control destructive and disease causing pest insects that can harbor in and around buildings.