Study shows bed bugs are concentrated in five bed components

Bed bugs are easily the most feared insect in the U.S. Although they are less deadly than mosquitoes or ticks, residents will often go to great extremes to get rid of bed bugs. In fact, bed bug incidents in hotels can severely affect a hotel economically.

Commercial pest management professionals have theorized that bed bugs in public sleeping locations would function like they do in residences, where a new introduction of the pest would be contained in the bedding area and older infestations would have spread around the room or even location. However, they had no scientific evidence with which to back up their hypotheses.

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EPA Solicits Proposals for a Project to Analyze and Present the Economics of Integrated Pest Management in Schools

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization to research and analyze the economics of integrated pest management in K-12 public and tribal schools in the United States. This will include highlighting such issues as:

  • the costs and/or savings associated with transitioning from regularly scheduled pesticide applications to an IPM program,
  • the economics of reduced pesticide applications,
  • the economic impacts on school districts from absenteeism related to asthma incidence at school, and
  • if feasible, energy savings realized from pest exclusion activities.

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Energy efficiency webinar for schools August 4

Increasing energy efficiency = decreasing openings for pests

EPA’s August 4, 2015 webinar features Information on How School Districts are Saving Money, Increasing Energy Efficiency and Protecting Health

Improved occupant health, cost savings, energy efficiency webinar, the NPSD Director of Facilities and Operations will share how he achieved health and energy savings goals using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades (the Guide) and Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator. Continue reading