Summer is a notoriously speedy season and this year is no different. Well…. almost. The Covid-19 pandemic has cast uncertainty over so many aspects of our personal and professional lives and the start of the school year is one of them. This is one reason why IPM in schools is critical.

Districts across the country remain on the fence about how to safely open schools. Will kids go in person, full-time or will they continue their education based on a 100% remote model or some hybrid of the two? Whatever the decision, schools need to embrace IPM best practices to ensure the safety of their students and structures.

What does IPM in schools look like? What steps should administrators and staff take to support a strong and effective IPM program when school is back in session?

IPM in Schools 101

When it comes to Integrated Pest Management, the name of the game is prevention. Where traditional pest control methods might have centered on a reactive approach — fighting an infestation after it’s taken hold, for example, IPM is proactive.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the following four steps for IPM in schools:

  • monitor and identify pests
  • set action thresholds
  • prevention
  • control

Part of the prevention and control piece requires innovative tools and that’s where ContraPest comes in. A contraceptive pest control tool, ContraPest is non-lethal and works in both male and female rats. Following a consistent application, the result is fewer rats for safer schools and students.

Whether our students return to school in person, full-time, remain remote or manage a hybrid approach, an IPM program is critical to protecting your student body and school structure.

At SenesTech, we’re all about education. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about ContraPest and the SenesTech brand. We’ve made it easier than ever to order ContraPest and enhance your IPM program for greater results.