A Survey of Pest Problems and Pesticide Use in California Childcare Centers, Including Healthy Schools Act Compliance

Belinda Messenger, V. Leonard, C. Dodson, A. Bradman


The 2006 amendment to the Healthy Schools Act of California requires childcare centers to notify parents and staff of pesticide use, but less than half of those responding to a 2008 survey complied with this law. Almost all California childcare centers responding to the survey reported that they have pests, such as ants and spiders and that they use pesticides to manage those pests. More than half of the responding childcare centers use spray and fogger pesticides, which have a higher potential to expose children to active ingredients than baits and crack and crevice treatments.

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