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As a pest control business, protecting children from the potential effects of pesticides requires additional consideration for the products that you are going to use. Infants and children are more sensitive to the effects of pesticides than adults. Their internal organs are still developing and certain behaviors such as playing on the floor and lawn or putting objects in their mouths increase their exposure to pesticides in their environment.

DPR strongly encourages using the most effective least toxic pest management practices for managing pests at schools and child care centers.

Healthy Schools Act Requirements for Pest Control Businesses

The Healthy Schools Act (HSA) is a law that includes requirements for licensed pest management professionals who are hired to apply pesticides at schoolsites (licensed child care centers and public K-12 schools). Here are the HSA requirements for Pest Control Businesses:

If you are hired to apply pesticides at a schoolsite you must:

  • Starting on July 1, 2016, complete a DPR-approved training course.
    • Course must be completed before applying a pesticide at a schoolsite and must be taken during each subsequent licensing period. Check the Required HSA Training web page for course availability!
    • Course will cover integrated pest management (IPM) and the safe use of pesticides in relation to the unique nature of schoolsites and children's health and will qualify for continuing education credit required by DPR and the Structural Pest Control Board.
  • Submit pesticide use report (PUR) forms, PDF (218 kb) at least annually to DPR.
    • Forms must include information for all registered pesticide applications made at schoolsites by pest control businesses.
    • Forms can be submitted more than once per year at the discretion of the pest control business. A negative report is not required.
    • If forms are submitted once per year, they must be submitted to DPR no later than January 30 for the previous year's applications.
    • The school-specific PUR forms are in addition to the monthly summary that is submitted to the County Agricultural Commissioner.

Table of Healthy Schools Act Responsibilities, PDF (237 kb) – For pest control and landscaping businesses that apply pesticides at schools or child care centers to understand their HSA responsibilities.

In order for schoolsites to comply with the HSA, they will need the following information from you:

  • A comprehensive list of the pesticides that you intend to use for each year.
  • Specific notification of each pesticide treatment at least 72 hours prior to school application and 120 hours prior for child care centers.
  • A copy of the pesticide application completion information which should include: product name, manufacturer's name, U.S. EPA registration number, date and areas of application, reason for application, and amount of pesticide used.

Implementing IPM in Your Business

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally friendly approach to managing pests. It relies on a combination of common-sense practices that reduce the amount of pesticides needed. How can your business help promote IPM?

  • Understand how to diagnose the cause of the pest problem and educate staff about pest prevention.
  • Provide thorough and regular inspections of all areas of buildings and grounds areas vulnerable to pests.
  • Monitor for pests. Identify pests accurately.
  • Make recommendations for control including housekeeping or maintenance suggestions.
  • Recommend the most effective and least hazardous pesticide when other preventative methods are no longer effective.