Schools & Child Cares – Comply With Pesticide Law
If you or your contractor use pesticides in public K-12 schools or licensed child care centers, Washington state law (external link) requires that you
- Give pest control policies and methods to parents, guardians, and staff who ask for them.
- Notify parents, guardians, and staff at least 48 hours before pesticides are used with the following exceptions:
- When the product being used is an antimicrobial or bait inaccessible to children, or during emergency applications of a pesticide.
- If the school or child care is unoccupied for at least two days after application.
- Post signs when pesticides are used.
Rules for licensed family home child cares are slightly different
If your school or child care manages pests using integrated pest management you will
- Use fewer pesticides.
- Create less paperwork.
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 ten step process (external link) to encourage your school or child care to adopt a less-toxic pest management policy.
- Contact the school or child care and ask about its pesticide use and notification policy.
- Ask to see the annual pesticide use report.
- Get information about the products used at the school or child care from the Garden Hotline at email@example.com 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).
- See pesticide misuse? Call Washington State Department of Agriculture at 1-877-301-4555 (toll-free).