Since 2011, Oregon State University has conducted integrated pest management (IPM) training specific to public schools. School personnel receive onsite training on key IPM practices as well as associated materials. To determine which practices and materials school employees are using as a result of the program, we administered a survey to 2016 training attendees. We found that all returning attendees had been implementing practices and using materials as a result of the training. The most common practice was sealing holes to keep pests out. Additionally, the majority of respondents reported a reduction in pesticide use. Our approach may serve as a reference for Extension specialists in developing school IPM programs in other states.
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Stock, T., Kowalewski, A., Gould, M., & Jepson, P. (2019). Advancing Use of Key Integrated Pest Management Practices in Schools. The Journal of Extension, 57(1), Article 7. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.01.07