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Illinois daycare, schools could face fines if indoor pest forms aren't filed

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - State health officials say Illinois schools and day care centers could be fined if they don't comply with the state’s pest management regulations.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, state regulations protect children in day care centers and schools from cockroaches, spiders and rodents and unnecessary applications of pesticides.

State law requires public schools and licensed day care centers to file an Integrated Pest Management form with the department to document how they plan to implement IPM. IPM uses a variety of non-chemical methods as well as pesticides, when needed, to reduce pest infestations and to minimize children’s exposure to pesticides.

“Integrated Pest Management is a means of managing pests that doesn’t rely on a single method, such as the routine and often unnecessary application of pesticides,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “It combines methods such as improved sanitation, monitoring, physical barriers and maintenance to reduce the likelihood of pest infestations. Facilities that practice IPM often see a reduction in the number of pests and pesticides applied, as well as a reduction in pest control costs.”

More than 200-day care centers and schools have failed to comply with the most basic of the state’s IPM regulations and may face fines for the first time, according to the state agency.

IDPH has been sending mass mailings, holding seminars and working with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which licenses Illinois day cares.

More information about IPM and the IPM regulations can be found on the IDPH website.

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