Keeping Your School Free of Stinging Insects

May 19, 2015 | 2 – 3:30 PM Eastern | Register Now

Join EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM as we explore the ways to keep students and staff safe from stinging insects at your school. Stinging insects, mainly yellow jackets and wasps, present risks from their painful stings to potentially severe allergic reactions. In this webinar, you’ll learn to identify these pests and the steps you should take to manage them as part of your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. IPM is a smart, sensible and sustainable approach to pest management recommended by EPA.

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Bees next battleground for ag pesticides

From Southeast Farm Press

The next big battle — which could have a major impact on agricultural pesticides — is already under way.

It involves a tiny crop pollinating insect, the honeybee, and to a lesser extent its larger cousin, the bumblebee.

It could have a significant impact on pesticides available to agriculture and how those materials are used, including a potential requirement that pesticides be applied only at night when there is no bee activity.

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Sound science needed to protect pollinator health

From Delta Farm Press:

The Environmental Protection Agency, CropLife America, National Cotton Council and others are urging the use of sound science as solutions are sought on what to do about declines in the health of honey bees, the world’s most prolific pollinator.

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Bees and Ants more abundant this year

From the newsletter of Molly Keck, IPM Specialist in Texas

Every spring, honey bees collect nectar and pollen, the queen lays many more eggs, and they work hard making honey and more bees. This spring, we had great rains, and it was a wonderful nectar producing year for bees. This allowed them to collect more food to feed more baby bees, and their populations were built up.

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Beekeepers must file to avoid pesticide spray


Beekeepers and others with concerns about pesticides sprayed for mosquito control in New Hanover County will have to file a formal request for exclusion under a policy adopted Wednesday by the county Board of Health.

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New book available on bee and wasp management

Wasp and Bee Management: A Common Sense Approach is an in-depth reference based on the principles of integrated pest management (IPM). It includes detailed identification information for wasp, hornet, yellow jacket, and bee species. The risk for stings, swarms, and property damage is discussed and non-chemical recommendations are given if action is appropriate. The spiral–bound, 5-inch by 8-inch book is easy to use when scouting for wasps and bees around the landscape, home, school, or business.

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NC State Bee Specialist Presents Ideas on Colony Collapse Disorder

A “mysterious” disorder is wiping out honeybee colonies worldwide, and one professor is hoping an interdisciplinary presentation will lead to new insight into the origins of the disorder.

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‘Bee Informed’ to inform beekeepers

North Carolina State University will play a central role in a 5-year, $5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture effort to compile a nationwide honey bee database designed to make beekeepers more productive.

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