Stop School Pests and iSchool Pest Manager webinar

When:  Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)

Join the Center of Expertise for School IPM as we get a sneak-peek at two new, free, online school IPM resources.

Dr. Dawn Gouge of the University of Arizona will describe the Stop School Pests program, a standardized, peer-reviewed, national IPM training program for school communities. Training materials include online and in-class teaching materials for all school community groups including administrators, facility managers, pest management professionals, IPM coordinators, landscape and grounds staff, custodians, maintenance staff, nurses, food service staff and teachers. Proficiency exams allow students to print certificates upon successful completion of the courses. Continue reading

“The ABC’s of Pest Control: Allergens, Baits, and Cockroaches” Dr. Coby Schal to present May 10th

From StopPests IPM in MultiFamily Housing blog

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is hosting a webcast on asthma triggers in housing, sponsored by their Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. Hear from Coby Schal, Ph.D, Blanton J. Whitmire, Distinguished Professor, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University on May 10th, 2016, 1:00-2:00pm EDT. Visit this website to register. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to the webcast. Note: The link to the webcast will not be visible until the day of the webcast.The event will be recorded and you will have an opportunity to view the recording if you can’t make it to the live event.   Continue reading

Sugarcane aphid is costing millions for Texas sorghum growers

It may be hard to spot, but the tiny sugarcane aphid is racking up tens of millions of dollars in losses in just the four South Texas counties evaluated so far, according to a report by an economist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

And the losses would have been much higher had grain sorghum growers not followed the advice of AgriLife Extension experts, according to Dr. Samuel Zapata, who conducted the study from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco. Continue reading

APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine Area in the Zapata Area, Texas

Effective April 8, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine in the Zapata area of Zapata County, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area. Continue reading

APHIS Adds Cucumbers to Exempted Host List for Light Brown Apple Moth in California

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding commercially produced cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) to the light brown apple moth (LBAM) exempted host list. The exempted host list is posted at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/lbam. Continue reading