EUGENE, OR — Before a new law went in to effect on July 1, Shasta Middle School would have taken care of pests like mice by setting out bait traps, according to The Register-Guard.
The new law, however, passed in 2009, requires Oregon schools to first try nonchemical methods of pest control both in and around schools, the article stated.
According to the article, the practice, which is known as integrated pest management, still allows for the use of pesticides, but as a last resort only.
The goal of the law is two-fold: To keep kids safe from disease-causing and asthma-inducing pests, and to protect them from the potential harm from chemical exposure, the article noted.
"Because children are still growing and developing, they are more susceptible to harm from such chemicals," said Tim Stock, Oregon State University''s integrated pest management education specialist.
School custodians and outdoor maintenance staff members who need to use such products are required to post a notice 24 hours before using any pesticides, the article added.
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