1. All pesticides are poison. They are toxic by design.
2. Pesticides can cause cancer and damage the nervous system, the hormone system, and the immune system and causerespiratory illness.
3. Pesticides are especially hazardous to the health and development of children. Other vulnerable groups includepregnant women, the elderly, people taking certain medications, and people with asthma and other chronic healthproblems.
4. Up to 99% of a product's ingredients are not disclosed on the label.
5. These hidden ingredients are added to make the product easier to apply and to enhance its toxicity and longevity.They may be more toxic than the main ingredient.
6. Pesticides also kill beneficial plants, insects and pets and wildlife.
7. Pesticides don't stay where they are applied.
8. Pesticides vaporize and drift on the wind.
9. Pesticides run off into water sources.
10. From outside, pesticide residues get tracked inside on shoes and pets.
11. Pesticide residues accumulate in carpets and dust.
12. Pesticide vapors condense on inside surfaces such as kitchen counters.
Intelligent Pest Management is
• a pro-active, common sense, problem-solving approach that reduces pest problems by preventing and correcting conditions that allow pests to thrive.
• the most cost-effective use of resources -- good design, good sanitation, and good maintenance for the long-term quality, use, and enjoyment of a building or landscape.
• site-specific information on site history and conditions, user activities and maintenance practices for the effectiveness and efficiency of site-management plans.
• protection from hazardous products and prevents contamination of property, soil, air and water.
• a sense of stewardship and a shared responsibility for enhancing the safety and quality of school buildings and grounds.
• a model of environmental health and pollution prevention and a source of pride to the community.
Green School, Safe School
In May, 2000, Massachusetts Governor Cellucci signed into law "An Act to Protect Children and Families From Harmful Pesticides". The law allows only "lower" risk pesticides. It requires your school and childcare program to notify parents of pesticides use. All schools and childcare programs must have an Integrated Pest Management Plan. Does your school have an IPM plan? Is it up to date?