Got ants? Get S.E.R.I.O.U.S.

No one likes ants in the house, but there are ways of dealing with them without spraying. A new website, “Got Ants? Get S.E.R.I.O.U.S.” gives helpful hints on effective IPM for ants, from excluding them from the house to ways to get rid of them if they do come in.

Got Ants is a collaboration of public agencies, educational institutions, pest professionals, and nonprofits working to promote environmentally sound ant management and to protect water quality.

August issue of School IPM 2015 available

The August School IPM 2015 eNewsletter features the following articles: Stinging Insects Are Getting Busy! ‘Tis the Season for Mice in Schools and Check Your Facts!

http://www.ipminstitute.org/school_ipm_2015/August29_Newsletter.htm

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Urban IPM webinars in the fall

Fall is a good time to brush up on information about urban pests such as fire ants, rodents and pantry pests. eXtension is offering several free webinars starting in September so you can fight off those pests without using an arsenal of chemicals.There is no need to pre-register for these events; just log on 10 minutes prior to the beginning time and enjoy.

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Scruffles the Mouse Teaches IPM

Want to teach school staff some simple IPM techniques in just a few short minutes? Orange County Public Schools, in conjunction with Orlando Tech Animation, created several video “shorts” on IPM topics. The videos, which feature a cute animated mouse named Scruffles, run from one to two minutes long and include IPM basics, bed bugs, head lice, ants, rodents and cockroaches. In addition to presenting useful IPM tips, Scruffles has a tongue-in-cheek charm. In the rodent video, he comments that as a mouse himself, “I have certain expertise in these matters.”

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Don’t Bug Me Webinars

So why should you participate in these webinars?  You can learn valuable information about avoiding pest problems from experts all over the U.S.  Hope to “see” you there!

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Don’t Bug Me Webinars

Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars

Got ants?  Tired of ladybug invasions in the fall?  Brought home bed bugs from your last trip? Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals will moderate a free webinar series that will take on all of these topics. In 2013, most of the webinars will be on fire ants and other invasive ant species.  Other topics for the year include bed bugs and various insects that invade homes each autumn.

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Two ant webinars in May

Ants driving you crazy? If they are, there are two webinar opportunities to learn about ant management in May.  The first is on Thursday, May 10 and is all about fire ants.  The next is the following Thursday, May 17 and covers pharaoh, carpenter and odorous house ants.  Join us and learn how to manage these pests before they become a problem this summer. 

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Spring is for pests

April showers may bring May flowers.  But they can also bring a wide variety of pests.  Two of the most common spring pests affecting school districts are termites and ants.

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