Pesticides pose hazards, especially to children who may be sensitive to them. IKE's goal is to reduce both pests and pesticide exposures, and to ensure that parents who are concerned about pesticide use in schools are notified so they can take appropriate action.

Check Out Our Other Pesticide Pages:

Pesticides in the Home

Pesticides in Schools

Integrated Pest Management in Schools

IPM School Coalition

Additional Resources

Office of the Indiana State Chemist - Responsible for regulating the distribution and application of pesticides in Indiana and certification programs for pesticide applicators. Also provides staff support to the Indiana Pesticide Review Board.

Purdue IPM School Technical Resource Center: Assistance for schools and daycares in implementing integrated pest management.

File a Pesticide Complaint with the Indiana State Chemist: Each year the State Chemist investigates more 150 complaints, including those dealing with pesticide use, misuse, damage, storage, disposal, and credentialing.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - a method for controlling pests while reducing chemical use.

IPM for schools - technical support program from Purdue University to help schools comply with the Indiana policy on pest control.

Least toxic control methods for specific pests.

Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society - native species resist local pests.

Pesticide Action Network - an organization promoting alternatives to pesticides.

Beyond Pesticides - a coalition against the misuse of pesticides.

National pesticide use database

Questions about Pesticides?

Are you pregnant and wondering about using a pesticide inside your home?

Do you have questions about the safe use of insect repellents on your children?

Call the National Pesticide Information Center to talk with real, live specialists who can answer your questions and translate all the scientific lingo about pesticides into information that helps you make informed decisions.

Call toll-free 1.800.858.7378 or visit NPIC anytime on the web at