Schools & Child Cares – Reduce Pesticide Use
Use integrated pest management (IPM)
IPM is an approach to managing pests while reducing the need to use pesticides.
Why reduce pesticides and use an IPM approach?
How to start using IPM
- See what local schools/childcares have done:
- Use workshops and online resources:
- Get questions answered by
- The Environmental Protection Agency – Juliann Barta at 206-553-1495.
- Washington State University Extension – Carrie Foss at 253-445-4577.
What parents can do about pesticide use at schools and child cares
- Ask your school or child care (external link) to consider using IPM. Use this 10 step process from Washington Toxics Coalition to encourage your school or child care to adopt a less-toxic pest management policy.
- Contact the school or child care and ask about their pesticide use and notification policy.
- Ask to see the annual pesticide use report.
- Get information about the products used at school or child care from the Garden Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-633-0224.
- Volunteer to help with weeding. Many schools have Adopt-a-Flowerbed programs for student and parent volunteers.
- Learn more about gardening without pesticides (external link)