Outstanding school pest-control programs recognized
Thirteen public school systems from across North Carolina were recognized for their pest-control efforts at a school integrated pest management recognition ceremony Oct. 18. N.C. State University's Integrated Pest Management Program sponsored the event at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Raleigh. Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a proactive and common-sense approach to pest control that dramatically reduces the risk of exposure to pesticides for students, teachers and staff in public schools. Instead of using chemicals that can endanger small children, IPM employs prevention techniques such as routine facility inspections, followed by sanitation, building repairs and maintenance to make schools unfavorable to pests. Last year, 21 North Carolina school districts were honored for their efforts to implement IPM. The IPM Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State works with school districts to assist with IPM adoption. State agencies, professional associations, local schools and community groups also support the effort. Last June, the state legislature passed the School Children's Health Act, which requires school districts to implement IPM programs.
School systems recognized at the October ceremony
- Recognition for efforts to implement new IPM programs Cabarrus County Schools Davidson County Schools Gates County Schools Harnett County Schools Moore County Schools Person County Schools Sampson County Schools Swain County Schools
- Award for Implementing IPM programs Beaufort County Schools Cumberland County Schools Durham Public Schools Northampton County Schools
- Award for Leading IPM programs Orange County Schools