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ERIC Number: ED479349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
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The Ohio Schools Pest Management Survey: A Final Report.
In 2001, the Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Seminar class at Denison University helped the state of Ohio work to prevent harmful pesticide use in schools. In cooperation with Ohio State University's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools Program, Denison conducted a statewide survey of school districts to determine current pest management strategies. The 42-item survey asked about school location, fiscal data, and demographics; general practices regarding pest management; pests encountered; and specific practices. The survey was mailed to 595 of Ohio's 607 public school districts, and 213 useable surveys were returned. Results indicated that the per pupil expenditure on pest management ranged from $0.08-$22.73. Most districts spent less than $3 per student per year. Most schools sprayed pesticides at least monthly, relied on the advice of professionals, and provided few warnings when pesticides were applied. Schools were relatively careless about the times they applied pesticides. Few schools used preventive measures for pest control. Some very toxic chemicals were used for nuisance pests. Only about half of the respondents felt their pest management efforts were effective, despite intense use of pesticides and involvement of professionals. Satisfaction with pest control methods was higher among schools utilizing elements of IPM. The survey and survey responses are appended. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio