Training Modules Provide IPM Tips for Child Care and Early Learning Environments
Posted: December 21, 2012
Child care centers and early learning facilities are sensitive environments, making IPM crucial. "Millions of young children across the country spend a large portion of their day in child care and early learning settings," explains Lyn Garling, director of programs for the Pennsylvania IPM Program. Training resources for administrators and staff are critical for a successful IPM program. "Once staff and administrators learn about risks due to pests and pesticides and safer solutions, new approaches and steps can be implemented to reduce risks in these environments," says Garling. Gaining staff cooperation makes the pest management process more efficient and cuts down on the workload for the pest management professionals and IPM coordinators.
The module for teachers and caregivers describes appropriate IPM roles for these professionals including maintaining a clean facility; reporting pests and conditions that may encourage pests such as leaks or cracks; and cooperating with policies for trash handling, recycling and cleaning.
The bed bug module offers effective tactics that child care staff can implement, including testing dryers to ensure they generate sufficient heat to kill all bed bug life stages, and using steam heat to treat other objects and areas. The module explains the difference between bed bug introductions and infestations, and appropriate steps to prevent and resolve both conditions.
The modules were created with funding from the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection to the Pennsylvania IPM Program at Pennsylvania State University in collaboration with EPA Region II; the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, entomologist and senior extension associate for the New York State IPM Program at Cornell University.
To download the modules, go to the EPA Child Care Training and Curriculum Resources website at http://epa.gov/childcare/training.html.