Entomologist Marc Lame examines a wood boring insect native to the desert southwest. Lame, a research scientist and adjunct lecturer at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, developed a model to help eliminate the use of toxic pesticides in schools. Lame’s integrated pest management model utilizes what schools are already doing and introduces additional procedures in controlling pests. It has led to a reduction in the use of harmful pesticides in schools in Indiana, Alabama, Arizona, California and Nevada.
The program gained national attention in 2003 when the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency recognized Lame and colleagues John Carter
and Jerry Jochim of the Monroe County Community School Corp.
for their work in developing a safe pest management program
for local schools. The integrated pest management program
is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to
pest management in the school community and employs common-sense
strategies to reduce sources of food, water and shelter for
pests such as cockroaches, flies, yellow jacket wasps and
mice in school buildings and on grounds.
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