Online pest risk school IPM tool helps schools locate pest problems

A new online pest risk evaluation tool will help school integrated pest management (IPM) coordinators around the country assess what pest problems exist in their school and where they are. The tool is featured in an article in the Journal of Extension.

Adoption of IPM in a school often happens reluctantly, after IPM practices are mandated or after numerous reports of pests in the school. Many schools contract with pest control companies to do a monthly treatment, but results can be uneven if the source of the pest problem is not addressed. Continue reading

Texas School IPM team wins Texas A&M award

Paul Durre and A.J. Clinton – leaders of the Texas IPM Affiliate for Public Schools (TIPMAPS) organization – joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Team which included Wizzie Brown, Molly Keck, Janet Hurley, Blake Bennett, Mike Merchant, Paul Nester, and Don Renchie on the podium to receive Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s highest award–the Superior Service Award–from Director Doug Steele.

Since 2001 the team has provided training or direct assistance to more than 600 school districts, reaching nearly 1,000 school employees. They created a database of more than 1,500 School IPM Coordinators, pest management professionals and key stakeholders to facilitate communications, and created the IPM Calculator tool for pest management in school facilities. Their website, schoolipm.tamu.edu, receives more than 13,000 unique visitors annually, their newsletter reaches 1,560 subscribers monthly and the team has received grants totaling more than $1.3 million in competitive grants to fund its programs.

Just in time for school: New pest control calculator now available for maintenance professionals

In Texas School Pest News

By Steve Byrns, Communication Specialist

Maintenance professionals gearing up for the start of school now have a new tool to help defend students from the inevitable summer influx of undesirables roaming the halls.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new integrated pest management website, http://ipmcalculator.com, offers school staff members in charge of pest control a wealth of practical information on managing rodents, birds, cockroaches, ants and a plethora of other unwelcome denizens, said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management program specialist at Dallas.

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