National School IPM Committee looking for feedback

The School IPM National Steering Committee is asking members of school IPM working groups, or anyone who works with a regional school IPM working group to participate in a survey about priorities and group presentations. Please see the information below. Continue reading

Please help with school nurse online survey

The Northeast School IPM Working Group has received a grant to provide school nurses throughout the 12 northeastern states and DC with tools, information and training designed to aid in prevention and management of health-risk pests on school properties. This project is endorsed by the National Association of School Nurses. Please forward the message below to your school nurses inviting them to complete a brief survey about pest issues and concerns. The results of the survey will be used to ensure that resulting materials and information are relevant and helpful to you and your schools. If you have any questions please contact the project coordinator, Dr. Kathy Murray at kathy.murray@maine.gov or 207-287-7616. Complete the survey by clicking here or by pasting this URL into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PZVGDBF. Thank you so much! Continue reading

Weeds: Nature’s Graffiti – How IPM Can Fix That

Weeds of concern and their control varies widely by state. The attitudes of school districts toward weeds also differ depending on whether the weeds are in the recess yard or athletic field. How do school facility managers or contracted turf management firms contend with weeds?

Learn how to observe your school grounds with an eye toward identifying weeds and their locations. This webinar, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, will provide you with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) based control tactics for common weeds. IPM is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including exclusion, sanitation, biological, and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control. Continue reading

Trainings for School IPM Coordinators in Texas

Even if you don’t need to meet requirements for school IPM training, if you’re anywhere near these areas in Texas, I encourage you to go to one of these workshops. You will get some very good information that will help you with your school IPM implementation wherever you are. Continue reading

School IPM Roundtable meeting creates linkages, resources

by Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

On May 25, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened 29 representatives of 17 national school, health and pest management associations and federal government agencies in Washington, DC to discuss ideas for implementing a set of principles promoting the adoption of IPM practices in the nation’s schools. A meeting summary documents the event, captures key discussion and presentation points, and provides links to resources referenced. A blog by EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones, Endorsing a Path to Healthier Schools, provides context for the event and highlights its importance to the school community.

The 2016 School IPM Roundtable brought together disparate groups to pursue a voluntary enterprise that addresses pest problems proactively and reduces unnecessary exposure to pesticides.  These organizations provided their endorsement of a Principles of Agreement on school IPM.  They also committed to disseminate the endorsement, along with information on resources available to support school IPM implementation, to their members and associates. The event included an exchange of ideas on how the participants could track implementation of school IPM as a result of the endorsement. Continue reading

Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM Based Services in Schools

If you are in the business of bidding for IPM services in schools, then this webinar is for you. Tune in to More Than Just a Firm Handshake – Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM Based Services in Schools. Please note that space is limited to the first 1,000 to sign in, so sign in early if you want to participate.

Tuesday, February, 21, 2017 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Followed by a live and Q&A session, 3:00–3:30 p.m. ET Continue reading

Register for January 24 Webinar on Controlling Public Health Pests

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. ET, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will offer a webinar titled, “Pests of Public Health Importance and the Role of Integrated Pest Management in Schools.” Recent developments in pest-borne diseases, such as the emergence of Zika virus and spread of Lyme disease, signal the need to continually assess the threat of pests to public health. Illnesses carried by insects, rodents, and other pests affect all races, ethnicities, ages and cultures. Vector-borne illnesses are an ever-present threat and efforts to prevent them are critical to protecting public health. Continue reading