Reducing Children's Exposure to Pesticides:

Integrated Pest Management in Schools and Childcare Centers


Recognizing the importance of protecting our children from environmental threats throughout the state of Indiana, a team of concerned individuals developed a program to reduce young Hoosiers' exposure to pesticides in schools and childcare centers. Through the use of integrated pest management (IPM), we strongly believe that our children will be able to learn, grow, and play in an environment that is not only less toxic, but also free from the distraction of pests.

In 1997 the State of Indiana awarded our program with the prestigious Governor's Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention! In addition, we are proud to work in conjunction Governor O'Bannon's most recent Children's Initiative to reduce environmental threats, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ground-breaking Office of Children's Health.

Developing and maintaining these pages represents our first steps in disseminating useful information towards these aims. However, specialists are available and prepared to help you adopt IPM. While this site contains all of the information and materials needed for implementing an effective program, ongoing communication with fellow school administrators, pest control operators (PCOs), entomologists, teachers, and parents, among others, is not only encouraged, but vital.

We strive to make these opportunities for you and your children readily available. This page represents the efforts of professionals who have collaborated with the support of their respective organizations:

 Indiana Department of Environmental Management

 Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs

 Monroe County Community School Corporation

 Purdue University Department of Entomology - Cooperative Extension

We in Indiana are extremely grateful for the hard work of our colleagues at the University of Florida's Department of Entomology and Nematology. These pages rely intensively on their expertise and creativity as seen here!