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Think the cold winter will kill off ticks? Think again

In the New York Times

Some creepy facts: A cockroach can live about a month with its head cut off. In its 300 million or so years on this planet, its relatives have survived an asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs, an ice age and an atom bomb.

These vile pests the color of excrement reproduce all year and know where to find warm places to hide. So that “bomb cyclone” of a cold spell that froze much of the United States? It’s like nothing for the roaches — or most other creepy-crawly pests.

Yes, it’s been cold, really cold — but you survived. Don’t think your worst nightmares didn’t. Continue reading

Video: Challenges in School IPM

Growers and consultants on the farm typically use integrated pest management to save money and prevent unneeded pesticide applications. In schools, however, IPM is seen as “extra” expenses and work. As Auburn University Extension Specialist Lawrence C. “Fudd” Graham explains, school IPM is an ongoing challenge in every state, including in those that have active laws.

School IPM videoIn this video of his presentation to the Southern IPM Center Advisory Council, Dr. Graham explains how pest management in a school differs from pest management on a farm. In schools, he says, IPM is successful only if staff, administration, teachers and students contribute. And when schools are well-maintained and clean, pest complaints decrease and food safety ratings increase. Continue reading

Announcing this year’s Friends of Southern IPM Award winners

This year was a boon for the Friends of Southern IPM award program. We received 44 nominations in total; 19 for the graduate student awards and 25 for the professional awards. It was the largest pool of nominations we’ve ever had. The number of choices made decisions difficult for the award panels, but we wound up with some strong winners and in most cases, very tight competitions. Continue reading

New brochure for school IPM available

The Ounce of Prevention Integrated Pest Management (IPM) For Schools and Child Care Facilities is intended for school and childcare facility staff, parents, and pest management professionals.

Everyone has a role in IPM to prevent and manage pests in and around schools and childcare facilities. The base of any good indoor air quality program, pest control program or environmental health program all hinges on good your IPM program is. Do you inspect? Do you monitor?

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IPM in Boston public housing linked to reduced asthma rates

A story published in yesterday’s Boston Globe attributes a reduction in asthma symptoms to a new effort by the Boston Housing Authority and Boston Public Health Commission to reduce rodent and roach infestations in housing units.

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Breakfast program in Lake Worth, TX, schools keeps pests out

Lake Worth Independent School District (ISD) in Lake Worth, Texas has run a successful breakfast program for more than 15 years.  Every morning, kitchen staff prepares bagged breakfasts for students, including juice, milk, crackers, and yogurt or donuts.  The bags are then put inside large plastic totes and placed on carts outside each classroom five to ten minutes before school starts.  After calling roll, the teacher collects the cart from the hallway and distributes the bags.

When children have finished eating, all trash is placed back in the tote and left on a trash cart outside the classroom door.  Custodians collect trash from the hallways, usually no more than an hour or two after breakfast, and take it outside to the dumpster.  According to Jeff Thomas, director of operations and IPM coordinator for Lake Worth ISD, “If the food was left in the classroom trash, it would be an open invitation to any roaches and rodents in the area.”  Ideally, no food or food scraps will be left in the classroom after breakfast.  Any teachers who keep leftover food are required to use airtight containers.  Any beverages are kept in a small refrigerator in each classroom.  Read More

Free webinar from the Northeastern IPM Center: “Managing Pests in Multifamily Housing.”

Spring is here and the critters are coming out. Learn how to proactively manage pests at your property using integrated pest management (IPM). Attend a free webinar on April 26, 2012 or view the recorded session afterwards. This webinar is for anyone interested in beginning an IPM program at a multifamily property. Property owners/managers and staff at organizations that work with multifamily properties are encouraged to attend. Viewers will gain an understanding of IPM and learn the resources available to support their efforts.To register, go to http://www.stoppests.org/ipm-training/training-opportunities/stoppests-webinars/managing-pests-in-multifamily-housing/

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A Nightmare for Homeowners Could Be a Dream for Farmers

When it comes to household pests, the cockroach and bedbug rival each other for the top of the “least wanted” list. German cockroaches, one of the most common household pests, are typically associated with unsanitary or cluttered conditions and can spread germs and host allergens. But not all cockroach species are considered equal, according to the 2008 findings from USDA scientists in Texas. An exotic cockroach from Asia is actually helping Texas cotton farmers fight the cotton bollworm.

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