public policy

Overview of State School Pest Management Requirements

In December of 1988, the Michigan Legislature passed and then-Governor James Blanchard signed into law the nation’s first state school integrated pest management law. Since then, many more states have adopted school IPM and various other school pest management related requirements. In fact, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have some type of school pest management law or regulation in place.

Twenty-three states have a school IPM law or regulation; 31 states and the District of Columbia have a minimum competency standard in place for persons using pesticides at schools; 25 states require schools to prenotify parents and staff of upcoming pesticide applications; 18 states have reentry requirements or other beyond label requirements for pesticide applications at schools; and 31 states and the District of Columbia mandate the posting of signs for the application of pesticides at schools.

For more details, click the link to the right of the page to access a chart breaking down all of the various state school pest management laws and rules and to see the actual laws and rules themselves.