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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Tick Safe Schools via Integrated Pest Management

Join us for a Webinar on September 30

Dr. Thomas Mather, Professor and Director of the University of the Rhode Island Center for Vector Borne Diseases, will discuss tick borne diseases and prevalence, the identification, inspection and removal of ticks, followed by the “Tick encounter” web resource. Dr. Marcia Anderson, Environmental Protection Specialist from the EPA, will review passive prevention via landscape design, sanitation, maintenance the EPA role in tick IPM and on how to incorporate Tick IPM into your School IPM plan. Dr. Kathy Murray, Coordinator of the Maine SIPM program, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, will discuss the importance of monitoring, repellants, active prevention via pesticidal tools, research, and additional resources. They will be followed by a Q & A session. Continue reading

EPA-Hosted Webinar on “School Community Mosquito IPM”

Mike Merchant, Texas A&M Ag Life Extension Service, will open with Mosquitoes: disease vectors of concern, their biology, ID, species comparisons, stages of development and disease. Mr. Joseph Conlon, American Mosquito Control Association, will follow with School Mosquito Integrated Pest Management, Integrating Mosquito Management into your School IPM plan, and Pesticides for mosquito management: why or why not – a decision making rationale. He will also discuss local health department mosquito monitoring and surveillance – the first step in IPM.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM, will continue by identifying preferred mosquito breeding and feeding habits. She will discuss habitat modification another component of IPM, source reduction, and sanitation and maintenance to prevent mosquito borne diseases. Common biological controls will also be introduced, especially for school rain gardens, cisterns and other water collection areas. Dr. Merchant will discuss additional mosquito IPM controls: including mechanical devices, larvicides, IGR’s, and community pesticide spraying. Comments about additional national research, resources, and a Q&A session will conclude the webinar. Continue reading