Online School IPM Curriculum Available—with educational credits

IPM professionals who need to boost their continuing education credits or work toward license renewal now have a way to get them without traveling long distances to attend an expensive workshop. Thanks to a new web-based school IPM course curriculum developed by Texas A&M AgriLife specialists, school IPM coordinators, animal control and code enforcement officers, and pest management professionals can get training and continuing education credits without ever leaving their desks.

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Webinar series available on urban IPM

The 2013 Don’t Bug Me webinar series from eXtension has come to a close. Recordings can be viewed by visiting the  Don’t Bug Me 2013 Webinar Series.

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“House Hunters” for ants

Have you ever wondered why ants build a nest right next to your mailbox? And when you trample on it, why they would dare to build another one just a foot away? A couple of researchers from Arizona State University did, and they discovered that ants choose their living spaces very similarly to the way humans do—by choosing whichever one has the qualities they liked in the previous one.

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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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