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Schools have a responsibility to provide safe and healthy learning environments. Does your child’s school use dangerous pesticides? Consider this:

 Children are especially vulnerable and disproportionately exposed to pesticides.

 Pesticides have been linked to cancer, reproductive, neurological, behavioral and immunological disorders, as well as asthma.

 Alternative methods of pest control, such as Integrated Pest Management, are often more effective and, over time, less expensive than chemical pesticides.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is common-sense pest control that combines preventive techniques, non-chemical pest control, and the appropriate use of pesticides with preferences for products that are the least harmful to human health and the environment.


2007 Amendment to 1999 Schools IPM Law

Due largely to the efforts of Safer Pest Control Project, Illinois passed two laws in 1999 that require public schools to adopt safer methods of pest control inside school buildings. Now, in 2007, SPCP was instrumental in passage of an amendment to strengthen those laws.

As of August 2007, districts are required to adopt AND implement an IPM program when economically feasible. If filing an exemption for economic reasons, at least one staff member must be trained on Integrated Pest Management practices within one year of filing. Exemptions must be renewed every year. Districts must also notify parents and school staff of broadcast pesticide application both inside and outside school buildings.

Nationwide, schools and parents are increasingly concerned about the dangers of pesticide use in schools and have supported similar legislation in states across the country.

Parents and community members can help school districts improve their pest control practices by contacting the district and encouraging them to implement an Integrated Pest Management program, and to notify parents and employees before using pesticides. School administrators will be more conscious of their pest control policy if they know parents are concerned about the issue.

Working together, we can protect children from pesticides.

Click here to get your copy of the Illinois Structural Pest Control Act .

Schools and Childcare IPM Program Binder Available

Download your copy today!

Illinois law requires schools and childcare providers to have an IPM program in place if economically feasible.  To help jumpstart the process of developing a workable program, Safer Pest Control Project has developed an IPM manual designed specifically for your facility.  Get your copy here, IPM in Schools and Childcares Manual.

Contained in this document are all the materials your school needs to put an IPM program in place including
sample policies, forms and protocol. All forms and other documents are formatted as Adobe PDF fillable files so you can make them facility specific.

The document is designed to provide a school or childcare facility with a format for keeping records as well as providing guidance for program development.  It's devided into eight sections.  The first two sections are designed to give background information for program development and the evaluation of your current pest control program.  Subsequent sections prompt and guide you through proper protocol and recordkeeping requirements.  The last section lists important resources.







SPCP recommends creating a tabbed binder and insert one section per tab for easy reference.

Be state-of-the-art! Be proactive! Be green!  Get your IPM program up and running for a safer, healthier learning environment.



Evaluating Your Pest Management Program with an IPM Eye

And Create an IPM Plan

This section includes two activities: Evaluate Your Pest Management Program and Create an IPM Plan.

These two activities are designed to help you evaluate your current Integrated Pest Management program - identify areas that need improvement and establish steps to complete the work - and create an IPM Plan for pests that are typically a problem at your school.

An IPM Plan identifies the IPM Coordinator and lays out routine pest prevention activities and plots a course for managing pest problems if they arise. It is an important part of an IPM program, which also includes pest sighting logs, IPM policies, communication and effective pest prevention practices. 'Create An IPM Plan' provides a template for an IPM Plan. You are not required to use this outline, but many schools find it helpful in organizing and managing their program.

'Evaluate Your Pest Control Program Using IPM Criteria' is designed as an intensive checklist to help you identify opportunities for improvement and move your program towards IPM.

The administrator is not expected to know every answer. S/he will meet with the principal, school business official, custodian, facility manager, pest control company, etc. to complete the activities. Regular meetings of relevant individuals will create a foundation for a functional IPM program.

Additional information on pests is available - below.

Pest info: IPM for Ants; IPM for Roaches; IPM for Rodents



Bed Bug Factsheet Now Available

Bed Bug Information for Schools and Childcares

Bed bugs do not like living in a school or childcare, mostly because we do not live in these places.  They prefer to live in our homes, where we spend hours sleeping with little or no movement.  The main concern for schools and childcares is the potential for transfering bed bugs:  from child to child, child to furniture, furniture to staff, etc.  Bed bugs are notorious stowaways and may hitch a ride in or on bags, clothing, books, and other items; so they are easily brought to and from infested homes.  Bed Bugs in Schools and Childcares provides some basic steps you can take to help control the spread of bed bugs in your facility.

School IPM Video Available!

“Integrated Pest Management in Schools: A Better Method”

This 12-minute video helps schools, parents and pest control operators understand and promote School IPM. Filmed at a Chicago-area school that has practiced IPM since 1994, the video addresses concerns about pesticide use, the basic components of an IPM program and the advantages of adopting IPM. A great resource for school board meetings, PTA meetings and staff trainings! For more information, download the brochure and order form (at right) or call SPCP at 773-878-7378 ext 204


Parents Right-to-Know of Outdoor Use of Pesticides

Public Act 91-0099

This law requires Illinois Public Schools to notify parents and staff at least two days prior to application of pesticides on school grounds, athletic fields and lawns. No schools are exempt from notifying parents and staff prior to outdoor pesticide use.

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Effective date: July 9, 1999


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School & Childcare IPM Law


Illinois' New Lawn Care Notification Law - Schools & Childcares


Pesticides in Schools & Childcares: What Are the Health Risks?


Pesticides in Schools & Childcares: What Are the Health Risks? (Spanish)


Bed Bugs in Schools and Childcares


The Truth About Head Lice


Reducing Pesticides in Schools: A Parent's Guide


Setting Up Your IPM Program


Setting Up Your IPM Program (Spanish)


Sample School IPM Policy


Guidelines for IPM in School Pest Management Contracts


IPM Inspection Checklist for Schools


Create an IPM Plan


The ABC's of IPM Implementation


How to Hire an IPM Contractor


Cost of IPM in Schools


How to hire an IPM contractor (Spanish)


How Do I Know I'm Receiving IPM?


Notification Guidelines - Parents' Right-to-Know


Notification Guidelines - Parents' Right-to-Know (Spanish)


Asthma, Pests & Pesticides


Asthma, Pests & Pesticides (Spanish)


School IPM Video Order Form


Kids' Guide to Pesticides


B.I.T.E. Back! newsletter package, Vol. 1-8


IPM in Schools and Childcares Manual



School IPM Links by State

IPM in Schools Law (Public Act 95-0058)

Parents Right-to-Know for Outdoor Use of Pesticides Law (Public Act 91-0099)

University of Florida School IPM page

Illinois Structural Pest Control Act

EPA's School IPM website

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois Department of Agriculture

University of Illinois Extension

Pennsylvania School IPM Page

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable -IPM for Schools

IPM Institute of North America

IPM for Turfgrass in Schools

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