New IPM course offered through Texas A&M

IPM specialists at Texas A&M AgriLife are offering a two-day course for colleges, universities and LEED building managers, August 6 & 7, 2014.

The purpose of this course is to train pest management technicians and college/university staff in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  All new technicians should receive IPM training and new and existing employees should be provided with continuing education emphasizing IPM.  Moreover, any person who applies pesticides for the college/university should practice IPM and be licensed as a non-commercial pesticide applicator by the state of TX. Pesticide applicators must follow state and federal regulations and apply pesticides according to the instructions on the labels. To assist college/university technicians, plus those who have LEEDs buildings and contract pesticide applicators in instituting IPM, this course includes developing a college/university IPM policy, specific IPM objectives, responsibilities of the college/university IPM Technician, and requirements for using pesticides and associated record keeping. Pest problems can be prevented by requesting that maintenance be performed, providing education for residents, conducting inspections and monitoring, what we call IPM.

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A Pesticide Primer for Homeowners

I took this post from the StopPests in Housing Program blog, because it has a lot of information about what different pesticides are and do. Although one of the goals of IPM is to reduce the amount of pesticides used for a pest situation, some situations call for pesticide use. The information in this blog will hopefully help you make a more informed decision the next time you go to the big box store to get something to kill the ants in your kitchen.

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