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New AgriLife Extension Service graphic guides target school pests

by Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife

Three new infographics and two detailed publications from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service help demystify the best practices for controlling pests in schools, universities and other areas where humans occupy close quarters.

“The average person, while not a pest control expert, is definitely affected when an infestation occurs,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension specialist in school integrated pest management, Dallas. “That means the average person is integral to controlling pests, especially where large groups of people converge.” Continue reading

EPA’s Managing Pests in Schools Website Updated

As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed our Managing Pests in Schools website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information on school Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device being used, including tablets and smartphones.

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EPA to Host Webinar on the Basics of School Integrated Pest Management – October 21

A webinar, The Basics of School Integrated Pest Management (IPM), hosted by the Agency’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will be held on October 21, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests. IPM takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive. For the webinar participants:

  • Tim Stock, IPM Specialist with Oregon State University, will describe school IPM, its importance, and its implementation.
  • Mark Hardin, IPM Specialist for the Howard County (Maryland) Public School System, will discuss pest monitoring, pest exclusion, and the sanitation and maintenance of waste and recycling areas.
  • Marc Lame, Clinical Professor at Indiana University, will provide information on pest management challenges in school kitchens and cafeterias.
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM, will lead participants through a virtual school walkthrough to identify pest vulnerable areas.

A moderated question and answer session will conclude the event.

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Why is IPM so important in schools?

This post is taken from the Texas AgriLife Extension School Pest News.

Written by Janet Hurley

Most of us in our everyday lives don’t give pest control a second thought. We only react after we see a roach or a mouse run through our house. Yet in our professional surroundings, some of us are asked to follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) either by law or voluntarily.

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School Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Protecting Kids from Pests and Pesticides

Pests and pesticides pose risks to the nearly 60 million children and staff who spend considerable periods of time in our nation’s schools. EPA recommends that schools use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to reduce pesticide exposure in schools. Implementing IPM can help address the economic and health related issues caused by pests and pesticides. Please join us for this free webinar to:

  • Gain knowledge about the basics of school IPM, the potential health, environmental and economic benefits, and what it takes to put IPM into practice.
  • Discover why IPM is an important component of clean, green and healthy schools that promotes healthy learning environments and academic achievement.
  • Learn about cost-effective steps you can take to manage pests, reduce pesticide use, and enhance environmental health in and around your schools.
  • Hear examples of how schools/school districts have successfully implemented and institutionalized comprehensive IPM programs and practices in their districts.

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Training Modules Provide IPM Tips for Child Care and Early Learning Environments

A free ten-part IPM training program designed for child care and early learning environments is now available. The PowerPoint set presents a step-by-step approach to improving management of pests and reducing pesticide risks.

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School IPM Webinar this Thursday

As summer winds down and we prepare for fall and winter – are your school buildings ready?  Did you know a typical house mouse only needs the size of a dime (1/4 inch) to squeeze into your building?  The average roof rat or Norway rat only needs the size of a quarter to enter a structure.  Crickets, outdoor cockroaches and other crawling pests can gain entrance into your structure with less than ¼-inch gap under a door.

DATE: Thursday, September 6 at 10 AM Central Time.

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