Virginia Tech experts tackle bed bugs in public housing

Two Virginia Tech extension entomologists proved that safe bed bug control doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s more effective when it’s proactive.

In 2011, Virginia Tech masters student Molly Stedfast and her faculty advisor, Dini Miller, set out to test a preventive, low toxicity bed bug remediation program, combined with resident and staff education, in an apartment complex for low-income, disabled residents. The trial program lasted for three years. Results of the program were published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

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Northeastern IPM Center hiring two positions

Two positions are open:

Extension Educator (Extension Support Specialist II – Northeastern IPM Center; Ithaca, New York)

The extension educator will contribute to the goals of Cooperative Extension to strengthen communities and address housing conditions that threaten human health; support the growth of interest in IPM for low-income housing; partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Regional IPM Centers and State IPM programs.

Program/Evaluations Specialist (Extension Support Specialist II – Northeastern IPM Center; Ithaca, New York)

The Program/Evaluation Specialist will enhance connections with existing stakeholders and build rapport with underserved audiences. Contribute to the strategic planning for the NEIPM Center. Serve as a liaison to IPM working groups, assess the status of and need for IPM courses and certification programs.

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center (NortheastIPM.org) supports Integrated Pest Management (IPM) projects in agricultural and community settings that promote environmental, human health, and economic benefits.  Based in Ithaca, New York, the Center encourages multistate, cross-disciplinary connections that build partnerships and strengthen public and private IPM programs in a 12-state region. Seven staff members work as a team on IPM training, outreach, networking, proposal writing and documenting impacts.

http://neipmc.org/go/hiring

Asthma reduced in Boston public housing

by Kay Lazar

Getting the vermin out of ­Boston’s public housing may have improved living conditions in more ways than one: With the move has come a sharp drop in asthma symptoms among residents.

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