Definition of Verifiable School IPM

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks. This definition is found in U.S. Code at 7 U.S.C. 136r-1.

Verifiable school IPM is an ongoing activity that includes these documented elements:

  • Understanding your pests.
  • Setting action thresholds for key pests – knowing when to take action against key pests.
  • Monitoring for pests, their locations and populations.
  • Removing conditions that allow pest infestations.
  • Using one or more effective pest control methods including sanitation, structural maintenance, and nonchemical methods in place or in combination with pesticides.