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School Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

What is IPM | School IPM Rule | Utah School IPM Program | Parents and School IPM


What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)? | Top


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses common-sense methods to control pests. It is proactive pest management that works.

IPM provides a healthier alternative to traditional pesticide management programs:

  • Reduction in both chemical- and pest-related asthma triggers
  • Reduction in pesticide exposure to our developing children
  • Lower risk of acute pesticide poisoning
  • Healthier school and learning environment


School IPM Rule | Top

The Department of Health now requires all K-12 public, private, and charter schools, including attached preschools to develop an IPM plan.

The rule (R392-200) carries the weight of law, is effective immediately, and is enforced by local health departments. Click here to learn more about the rule.


Utah School IPM Program | Top


The Utah State University Utah Pests Program houses the Utah School IPM Program. The Utah School IPM Program supports school staff across Utah in learning about IPM basics for schools, developing a school IPM plan, and continuing training and education on IPM principles.

The Program also coordinates the Utah Coalition for IPM in Schools, which works closely with collaborators from the school, health, academic and commercial sectors to teach schools how to manage pests safely and effectively. Contact Ryan Davis at ryan.davis@usu.edu or 435-797-2435 to join the Utah Coalition for IPM in Schools.

Click here to subscribe to the Utah School IPM Newsletter.


The below video details the many benefits of school IPM by school administrators across Utah.




Parents and School IPM | Top

As a parent of a child in school, you can encourage your school to use IPM strategies. Often parents can provide the most influential voice on issues regarding school policies. Getting IPM into your child's school or even the entire district can begin at the grass roots level by organizing concerned parents.

If your school or school district is not currently using IPM, the following process can help you initiate IPM.

    1. Educate Yourself About IPM
    2. Get the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) involved
    3. Get the IPM program up and running.

The easiest way for parents to become involved is to contact the School IPM Program at USU and discuss ways they can become involved. Contact Ryan Davis at ryan.davis@usu.edu or 435-797-2435 for more details.