Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Colorado March School IPM Newsletter

School IPM Newsletter - March 2013

Healthy Colorado Schools


Potential poisons are everywhere. Whether you are 18 months or 81 years old, you can become a victim of an unintentional poisoning. In 2010, about 7% of calls to poison centers (91,940 calls) were pesticide-related, half of those involved children, and there were 21 deaths (Bronstein, et al. 2011). EPA reported that, in 2011, 57 poison control centers fielded 4 million phone calls, treating 2.4 million human poison exposures and handling 1.6 million information calls. 

Store all pest control products out of reach of children. Remind grandparents and childcare
providers to do the same.

Mr. Yuk, a poison prevention program sponsored by CSU and Colorado Environmental Pesticide Education Program (CEPEP) provides Mr. Yuk stickers to organizations and families.  The stickers are placed on poisonous items and are a visual reminder to young children that they should not touch anything with a sticker on it. For more information about the Mr. Yuk program brochure visit Mr. Yuk’s page.

Stickers are available
in English and Spanish


Tuesday, March 19, 2013
St. Vrain School District Building
395 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, CO

Response has been terrific!  There’s still time
to register.  Please contact Genevieve Berry at:


A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pests. This includes substances you may not have thought of
like disinfectants (bleach), sanitizers, and insect repellents. Remember that any product
has the potential to poison and can be 'unsafe' or 'ineffective' if label directions are not
closely followed.
Exempt products, so-called 25(b) materials, are not subjected to efficacy or safety tests by
the EPA. We hope that the market will sort out what works from the snake oils, but there is
no guarantee.
IPM often recommends using a “least toxic” or “reduced risk” product. When choosing a product, look at activity spectrum – this indicates whether the product targets one particular pest or whether it kills many different kinds of pests. For instance, many oils and soaps are broad spectrum in that they affect any arthropod coming into contact with them, whether a beneficial insect, a pollinator, or a pest.


Several states are talking about where and when to use pesticides during this legislative season.

The Hawaii Legislature is considering legislation establishing a commercial pesticide-free buffer zone around schools, child care facilities, and health care institutions, and imposing a 72 hour notice requirement.  Click here to read House Bill 1386.
The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation prohibiting the use of lawn care pesticides on the grounds of specified child care facilities and schools, except in emergency situations, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. Click here to read more about the pending school pesticide use legislation.

The Connecticut General Assembly is considering legislation expanding the state's ban on lawn care pesticides at schools up to grade eight to virtually all public and private schools and both pesticide treatments within and outside of buildings.  Under House Bill 6385, the only pesticides that could be used at schools would be sanitizers, disinfectants, antimicrobials, baits and emergency applications, as determined by the local health director, Commissioner of Public Health, Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, or in the case of a public school, the school superintendent. Click here to read the legislation.

21 states recommend or require schools to use IPM.

18 states restrict when or  what pesticides may be applied
in schools.
18 states require the posting of signs for indoor school
pesticide applications.
28 states require the posting of signs for pesticide application made on school grounds.
24 states require prior written notification to students, parents, or staff before a pesticide application is made at schools.

9 states recognize the importance of controlling drift
by restricting pesticide applications in areas neighboring
a school


Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. In a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health. Results suggest that loss of trees to the emerald ash borer increased mortality related to cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illness. This finding adds to the growing evidence that the natural environment provides major public health benefits.

2000 year old tree in South Africa known as Tree of Life

Minimize risks by using Integrated Pest Management


Rodents hugely outnumber bats, but bats are more likely than rodents to carry viruses that can be transmitted between animals and humans, according to new research by Colorado State University disease ecologists.
“There’s been a lot of speculation that bats might be special in some way as far as their potential to host zoonotic diseases,” said Angela Luis, a postdoctoral fellow who conducted the research with Colleen Webb, a biology professor at Colorado State. Zoonotic are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. “We found that although there are twice as many rodent species as there are bat species, bats hosted more zoonotic viruses per species than rodents.”

The big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) can be found
just about everywhere in Colorado.  Check out our
Bats Fact Sheet for more information.

Free  Webinar on bats and bat management on
April 4, 2013. For more information click here:

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For More Information About The Colorado Coalition
For School IPM contact:

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO   80523-1177
Phone:  970-491-1377

The Colorado Coalition for School IPM is an effort by Colorado State University,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Agriculture,
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of  Education, school districts, National Environmental Health  Association and private pest control professionals.

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