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IPM for Sensitive Sites in the Built Environment - Western Region Work Group


Stop School Pests

Public Health IPM

Handbook on Pests of Community Environments in the Desert Southwest United States

Current School and Home IPM Newsletters
Purpose and Background
School IPM 2020: Pest Management Strategic Plan
Western Region School IPM Inventory
Priority-setting Exercise
Current Membership
Publications: Videos, Schools Pest Press (prior to 2013)
School IPM Links


Current School and Home IPM Newsletters

November 2019 (PDF, 500KB). Featuring Bed Bugs Information for Home Care Providers and Welfare Workers

October 2019 (PDF, 524KB). Featuring Fall Pests and Pest-proofing Tips

October 2019 (PDF, 524KB). Featuring Fall Pests and Pest-proofing Tips

September 2019 (PDF, 709KB). Featuring Mosquitoes

March 2019 (PDF, 819KB). Featuring Spring Weed Control in Lawns and Landscapes

February 2019 (PDF, 488KB). Featuring Green Cleaning

January 2019 (PDF, 674KB). Featuring IPM for Microorganisms with a Focus on Influenza Viruses

October 2018 (PDF, 1.3MB). Featuring Flea-borne Typhus

September 2018 (PDF, 680kB). Featuring Fire Ants Managements

August 2018 (PDF, 633kB). Featuring Fire Ants

July 2018 (PDF, 734kB). Featuring No-see-ums

June 2018 (PDF, 693kB). Featuring Managing Scorpions

May 2018 (PDF, 602kB). Featuring Summer Preparation Guidance for Summer Management Teams

March 2018 (PDF, 611kB). Featuring Spring Preemergency Weed Control in Lawns

February 2018 (PDF, 336kB). Featuring IPM for Microorganisms - Focus on Flu Part 2

January 2018 (PDF, 467kB). Featuring IPM for Microorganisms: Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing

September 2017 (PDF, 222kB). Featuring Rabies

August 2017 (PDF, 441kB). Featuring IPM for Microorganisms: Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing

July 2017 (PDF, 406kB). Featuring Mosquito and Tick Repellents

June 2017 (PDF, 663kB). Featuring 2017 Great Arizona Mosquito Hunt

May 2017 (PDF, 467kB). Featuring Human Disease-Causing Viruses Vectored by Mosquitoes

April 2017 (PDF, 721kB). Featuring IPM STAR Certification

March 2017 (PDF, 252kB). Featuring IPM for Microorganisms

February 2017 (PDF, 452kB). Featuring Stop School Pests

January 2017 (PDF, 401kB). Featuring CDC On-line Classes

September 2016 (PDF, 852kB). Featuring Ants

August 2016 (PDF, 505kB). Featuring Mosquitoes

July 2016 (PDF, 455kB). Featuring Annual Great Arizona Mosquito Hunt and Fight the Bite

June 2016 (PDF, 938kB). Featuring Online IPM Resources

May 2016 (PDF, 1.1MB). Featuring Wild Honey Bees in Community Environments

April 2016 (PDF, 913KB). Featuring Zika and IPM Weed Control

March 2016 (PDF, 827KB). Featuring Pesticide Safety and IPM Weed Control

February 2016 (PDF, 520KB). Featuring Pesticide Application Notification in Schools and Zika Virus

January 2016 (PDF, 598KB). Featuring Kissing Bugs

November 2015 (PDF, 676KB). Featuring Rodents IPM

October 2015 (PDF, 406KB). Featuring School IPM and Fig Beetles

September 2015 (PDF, 610KB). Featuring Head Lice

August 2015 (PDF, 635KB). Featuring Mosquito-borne Diseases and Mosquito IPM

July 2015 (PDF, 909KB). Featuring School IPM Plan and Giant Mesquite Bugs

June 2015 (PDF, 479KB). Featuring Pests on Landscape Plants

May 2015 (PDF, 594KB). Featuring Ficus Whitefly

April 2015 (PDF, 422KB). Featuring Filth, Fruit and Drain Flies

March 2015 (PDF, 406KB). Featuring Poison Prevention and Pesticide Safety

February 2015 (PDF, 512KB). Featuring Body Lice

December 2014 (PDF, 346KB). Featuring Rodents: Get them out of your school, house and yard, part II

November 2014 (PDF, 455KB). Featuring Rodents: Get them out of your school, house and yard, part I

October 2014 (PDF, 430KB). Featuring Mosquito IPM and Bed Bug Survey

September 2014 (PDF, 606KB). Featuring Fall Landscape Checklist and Fire Ant Stings

August 2014 (PDF, 881KB). Featuring Healthy Turf

July 2014 (PDF, 572KB). Featuring Rabies

June 2014 (PDF, 725KB). Featuring Scorpions

May 2014 (PDF, 463KB). Featuring School IPM: The Sensible Way to Work the Bugs Out and Asthma Awareness Resources

April 2014 (PDF, 509KB). Featuring EPA Awards to Schools to Help Reduce Children's Exposure to Pesticide

March 2014 (PDF, 305KB). Featuring Pesticide Safety

February 2014 (PDF, 249KB). Featuring Clutter Control and Turkestan Cockroaches

December 2013 (PDF, 219KB). Featuring Rodents, part II

November 2013 (PDF, 356KB). Featuring Rodents, part I

October 2013 (PDF, 410KB). Featuring Human Scabies

Arizona School IPM Program: Leading Efforts Towards Safer Schools (PDF, 74KB).

September 2013 (PDF, 438KB). Featuring Head Lice

August 2013 (PDF, 252KB). Featuring Steps to Start a School IPM Program

July 2013 (PDF, 357KB). Featuring Summer Pest Proofing, School District Survey Reveals Successes and Opportunities, and Monsoon Wonder

June 2013 (PDF, 252KB). Featuring Bed Bugs, Bats, and Natural Insect Repellent

May 2013 (PDF, 324KB). Featuring Mosquito IPM

April 2013 (PDF, 365KB). Featuring Pesticides safety and Mouse Control Videos

March 2013 (PDF, 472KB). Featuring the IPM Curricula and Healthy Schools Network


Purpose and Background

Purpose of Work Group. IPM for Sensitive Sites in the Built Environment - Western Region Work Group was formed to provide a focal point for interactive communication and collaboration of community IPM stakeholders and change agents throughout the Western Region. Members include state, territory and tribal representatives, university, industry, advocacy organization, and federal agency groups.

Goal. Work to encourage and enhance successful implementation of IPM in community environments in the NIFA Western Region.

Funding. In 2006, the work group was established with funding from the Western IPM Center. Our activities are leveraged by considerable resources and in-kind support from many member institutions, including the Arizona Pest Management Center.


School IPM 2020: Pest Management Strategic Plan

School IPM 2020: A Strategic Plan for Integrated Pest Management in Schools in the United States. Green, T.A. and Gouge, D.H., editors. IPM Institute of North America website.

Why We Should All Support IPM in Schools as a Top Priority for our Nation.


Western Region School IPM Inventory

The Western School IPM Working Group is charged with creating an inventory of existing school IPM programs, resources, and laws throughout the West. These inventory documents are created and regularly updated by working group participants. They are meant to serve as a resource for established and nascent school IPM programs in the West and elsewhere.

July 2011

School & Child Care IPM & Pesticide Laws (PDF, 37KB) A state-by-state checklist of IPM and pesticide laws for schools and child care facilities in western states. (Updated July 2011)


School Pesticide Use laws


Priority-setting Exercise

2016 Education Management Regulatory Research Needs (PDF, 121KB)
2018 Work Group Priorities (PDF, 70KB)


Current Membership

Updated August 24, 2016

Work Group Steering Committee:
Dawn H. Gouge, Urban Entomologist - University of Arizona
Carrie R. Foss, Urban IPM Director - Washington State University
Tim W. Stock, IPM Education Specialist - Oregon State University
John F. Connett, School IPM Specialist - University of Wyoming
Tom Babb, Environmental Program Manager - California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Complete Member Information (PDF, 78KB) A list of work group members with complete contact information.



2014 Report of Community IPM Programs in Western Region States
2014 School IPM State Report Brief
IPM Workgroup Report 2015



Preparing Your School IPM Plan (PDF Template).

Generic School IPM Plan Template (Word, 171KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 1: Pest Monitoring (Word, 35KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 2: Inspection (Word, 115KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 3: Pesticide Application Notification (Word, 55KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 4: Hiring an Outside Contractor (Word, 101KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Tribal School IPM Plan Template 011515-v10 (Word, 274KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

School Integrated Pest Management (in Chinese)

School Integrated Pest Management (in English)

Reducing Your Child's Asthma Using Integrated Pest Management: A Practical Home Guide for Parents

The Business Case For Integrated Pest Management in Schools: Cutting Costs and Increasing Benefits

Fournier, A., T.J. Gibb & C.Y. Oseto. 2010. Go to the Head of the Class: A Research-based Approach to Understanding Adoption and Implementation of Integrated Pest Management in Schools. Purdue IPM Technical Resource Center, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. 375 pp.



IPM: Integrated Pest Management


Schools Pest Press (prior to 2013)

August 2012 Issue 2, featuring Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, in English (PDF, 678KB).

August 2012 Issue 1, Back-to-School Issue, featuring Head Lice in English (PDF, 65KB).

June 2012 Issue, Clear-Up and Clean-Out For Summer, in English (PDF, 396KB).

An IPM newsletter for school personnel. August 2010 Issue, featuring Head Lice, in English (PDF, 76KB) and in Spanish (PDF, 80KB).

September 2010 Issue, featuring Bed Bugs, in English (PDF, 196KB).

October 2010 Issue, featuring Mice and Rats, in English (PDF, 156KB).

December 2010 Issue, featuring Pigeons in English (PDF, 298KB).

Previous newsletters can be found here.

Washington State University Pest Press articles available from WSU Urban Pesticide Education Strategy Team

EPA Announces New School IPM Initiative (1.1MB, PDF)


School IPM Links

Regional School IPM Working Groups

Northeast Region School IPM Working Group
North Central Region School IPM Working Group
Southern Region School IPM Working Group


Other Links

Arizona School and Childcare IPM
National School IPM Website (University of Florida)
IPM Institute of North America: School IPM 2015
Western IPM Center
eXtension: Urban Integrated Pest Management website
Spanish School IPM CDC NIOSH
AZ IPM Tip of the Week


Western School IPM Work Group Archive

Western School IPM Work Group Archive




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