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How risky is pesticide use on school grounds? It is important to remember that the amount of health risk is a combination of two factors: hazard (toxicity) and exposure (how much of the pesticide actually reaches a child). With enough exposure, any material can pose a significant risk to children. On the other hand, some highly toxic chemicals at extremely low exposure levels may pose negligible risks.

The links on this page will help you to compare the environmental and health impacts of pesticides used in California schools. In the future, we will continue to expand the resources offered here.

What is School IPM HELPR?
(School Health and Environmental impact Lookup Resource)

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We have integrated authoritative pest management recommendations from UCIPM with DPR's product-label database resources to put all the important information in one place. Starting with a specific pest, you can first read the appropriate management recommendations from UCIPM's Pest Notes series. A click of the mouse then takes you to a page summarizing toxicological and exposure data for all of the management tactics mentioned in the Pest Note. This page includes:

  • Information on toxicity (fact sheets from National Pesticide Information Center, Extension Toxicology Network, and others).
  • Information on exposure (availability of lower-exposure formulations such as baits, traps, or gels/pastes).
  • Consequences of not treating (health, economic, and environmental implications).
  • Lists of products available, with U.S. EPA signal words and restricted status.
  • Status of pesticide active ingredients on various official government lists.

Use School IPM HELPR:
Look up hazard information for UCIPM recommended tactics

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Choose a pest from the list below. We recommend reading the UCIPM Pest Note first; a link will then take you to the health & environmental impact pages. Or, you may go directly to that page. (Note that the information on the School IPM HELPR pages alone is not sufficient for making management decisions.)

Pest UCIPM
Pest Note
School IPM
HELPR
 
Ants
Ants UCIPM Pest Note  
      Other ants Ants UCIPM Pest Note Ants Health Impacts Page
      Red imported fire ants Ants UCIPM Pest Note  
 
Cockroaches
Cockroaches UCIPM Pest Note Cockroaches Health Impacts Page
 
Fleas
Fleas UCIPM Pest Note  
 
Flies
Flies UCIPM Pest Note  
      House flies Flies UCIPM Pest Note Flies Health Impacts Page
      Little house flies Flies UCIPM Pest Note Flies Health Impacts Page
 
Head lice
Head lice UCIPM Pest Note Head lice Health Impacts Page
 
Lawn insects
Lawn insects UCIPM Pest Note  
 
Spiders
Spiders UCIPM Pest Note Spiders Health Impacts Page
 
Termites
Termites UCIPM Pest Note  
      Dampwood termites Termites UCIPM Pest Note Termites Health Impacts Page
      Drywood termites Termites UCIPM Pest Note Termites Health Impacts Page
      Subterranean termites Termites UCIPM Pest Note Termites Health Impacts Page
 
Vertebrate pests
Vertebrate pests UCIPM Pest Note  
      California ground squirrel Vertebrate pests UCIPM Pest Note  
      Cliff swallows Vertebrate pests UCIPM Pest Note Vertebrate pests Health Impacts Page
      Gophers Vertebrate pests UCIPM Pest Note Vertebrate pests Health Impacts Page
      Mice Vertebrate pests UCIPM Pest Note Vertebrate pests Health Impacts Page
      Rats Vertebrate pests UCIPM Pest Note Vertebrate pests Health Impacts Page
 
Weed management in lawns
Weed management in lawns UCIPM Pest Note  
 
Weeds management in landscapes
Weeds management in landscapes UCIPM Pest Note  
 
Yellowjackets and wasps
Yellowjackets and wasps UCIPM Pest Note  

How to Read a Pesticide Label

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Pesticide labels are legal documents, and using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with label directions is against the law. Labels also contain a wealth of useful information on health and environmental impacts. To make interpreting labels easier, we have provided a link to the US EPA "Read the Label First" program.

How Pesticides Are Regulated

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About Health and Toxicology

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About the Environmental Impacts of Pesticides

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Technical Information on Pesticides