What You Can Do To Prevent Asthma

by Joe Hubbard and Jennah Durant, Environmental Protection Agency

It’s hard to see a child sick. The good news is you can help a child gain control over asthma. That means fewer days out of school and fewer attacks that can be scary for you and the child.

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is joining other public and private agencies across the United States in fighting asthma—a growing epidemic. Continue reading

Some brief points from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium

Richard Levine summarized some of the major topics discussed during the Integrated Tick Management Symposium held earlier this month in Washington, DC. The symposium was sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America and the North Central IPM Center. You can get his report here. Below are some very brief bullet points summarizing the major topics. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension offers Southern High Plains Scout School

by Steve Byrns, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Southern High Plains Scout School on May 25 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294, Lubbock.

The training, which is free and open to the public, will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. with the program to follow from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Continue reading

New mosquito resources at NPIC

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has compiled a list of resources about mosquitoes and protecting yourself against the Zika virus. 

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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APHIS Removes Requirement for Trapping Light Brown Apple Moth at Plant Nurseries in Regulated Areas in California

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removes the requirement for trapping for the light brown apple moth (LBAM) on farms and premises that are eligible to move—under certificate—any nursery stock, cut flowers, garlands, wreaths or greenery of any plants, trees and shrubs, and green waste in any of the regulated counties. Continue reading

Webinar: Termite mitigation in schools

When:  Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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

Discovering termites in your school can become an expensive problem for facility managers and school administrators. It can also be disruptive to classroom instruction if swarms occur while school is in session. Schools, both new and old, can face drywood and subterranean termite infestations. Regular, informed inspections are needed to determine the location, extent, and cause of termite problems. Continue reading

Hemlock Restoration Initiative seeks Outreach and Volunteer Engagement Associate

Applications are being accepted for the AmeriCorps Project Conserve HRI Outreach and Volunteer Engagement Associate with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative of WNC Communities.

The 11-month term will run from September 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017 and will be based out of Asheville, NC. Continue reading