Eliminate the Pesticides along with the Pest
Conventional pesticides can threaten
your health, your students’ health, and the health of the environment.
Pesticides target essential life functions that many organisms have in common.
Therefore, pesticides intended for one organism can affect others, including
humans. Even if only one organism is directly harmed, the local ecosystem
can still be negatively affected because of the complex relationships between
According to Beyond
Pesticides, we apply 102 million pounds of toxic pesticides to lawns and
gardens in the United States in a typical year. It’s a vast problem, but
your school can make a difference for your local environmental health, and it
can serve as a role model for your students and for the whole community.
What exactly is a “pesticide” anyway?
Pesticides are mixtures of chemicals
or other ingredients intended to ward off or kill particular organisms.
They come in the form of liquids, powders, or granules. Many “cides” fall
under the general term “pesticides,” and are each specifically designed to
target specific pests, including:
Herbicides- for plants,
such as molds and mildews
Antimicrobials—for bacteria and viruses
Pesticides applied on school grounds both outside and inside the school can have
serious unintended health consequences on you and your students. According
to the EPA, they
may affect the nervous system or the endocrine (hormone) system, be
carcinogenic, or irritate the skin and eyes. Furthermore, the
National Academy of Sciences
report that standard chemicals are generally ten times more toxic to children
than they are to adults.
Reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides in your school is not only a
healthy choice for the people in your building, but it can actually lead to more
effective long-term solutions for dealing with pests. Applying
insecticides, for example, often has the unintended consequence of killing off
weak individuals in the insect populations and creating a gene pool of
insecticide resistant individuals. Then in the future, more and more
insecticides have to be applied in order to have the same effect. The
result is a never-ending problem where more dangerous chemicals affect you and
the environment with even less of a pay-off.
We can help you find more sustainable, effective, and long-term solutions for
dealing with these pests. There are not only safer alternatives to many of
the common pesticides, but there are also systems such as
Pest Management) where maintenance personnel in your school use non-toxic
preventative strategies and less toxic ways of handling pest problems that are
already occurring. Learn more about
IPM in our Go the Extra Mile