Tuesday, September 30, 2014

School IPM 2015 Newsletter: September 2014


School IPM 2015: Reducing Pest Problems and Pesticide Hazards in Our Nation's Schools
School IPM 2015 Newsletter: September 2014
In This Issue
What's New?
Highlights
Upcoming Events
Don't Let Mice Move Into Your School!
IPM in the Classroom
Classroom InPestigation!
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What's New This Month

The Pesticide Research Institute released of a new, free, online pesticide product assessment tool, PestSmartTM, with pesticide product information for IPM managers, farm workers, beekeepers, LEED APs, pest control operators, and consumers. PestSmart provides a quick reference to the product Hazard Tier rating and is a companion tool for the more comprehensive PRI Pesticide Product Evaluator. Check out their latest blog post for additional information. 


Highlights
EPA is hosting a one hour FREE webinar on "The Basics of School Integrated Pest Management" followed by a 20-minute Q&A session.
This presentation is geared specifically to school and school district facility managers, buildings and grounds managers and childcare facility managers. School nurses and school administrators are always welcome to attend.
Click here to register. 

For information on other school IPM related webinars go to:  http://epa.gov/pestwise/events/sipm-webinars.html  
  


Upcoming Events

October 8-9, 2014
Midwest Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference
Indianapolis, IN
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October 14, 2014Intro to Texas IPM for Schools
Pittsburg, TX
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October 15, 2014
Intro to Texas IPM for Schools
RichardsonTX
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October 22, 2014

Turfgrass IPM Workshop
Sunnyvale, CA
 More Information
October 26, 2014
Education Facilities Management Forum
Chicago, IL
 More Information

October, 2014
Empowering School Integrated Pest Management
Orlando, FL

November 13-14, 2014
TIPMAPS  
Corpus Christi, TX

November 16-19, 2014
Entomological Society of America (ESA) National Meeting  
Portland, OR 
March 24-26, 2015
8th International IPM Symposium  
Salt Lake City, UT   
More Information

 April 2, 2015
Turfgrass IPM Workshop  
Santa Maria, CA    
 More Information 
April 6-8, 2015
2015 Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Pest Ant Conference   
New Orleans, LA    
 More Information


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Greetings from School IPM 2015!  
Every day, 49 million children attend school in the United States, served by nearly seven million teachers and staff.   But they're not alone.  Schools are also frequented by a number of pests including cockroaches, mice, dust mites and more.  Asthma is epidemic among children, impacting nearly 6% of school children nationally with rates as high as 25% in urban centers.  House mice and cockroaches are potent asthma triggers.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a prevention-based, highly effective approach proven to reduce pest complaints and pesticide use by up to 90% in schools and other public buildings.  IPM practices such as sanitation and exclusion also improve food safety, fire safety and energy conservation.  Our newsletter highlights real-life examples of IPM in practice and can help you start an IPM program in your school district.  For more information, visit www.schoolipm2015.com
Don't Let Mice Move Into Your School!  
It's that time of year when heating systems turn on, and warm air leaking out gaps in exterior door sweeps and seals acts like a beacon, calling mice to a nice warm winter home! Add food smells from kitchens and cafeterias, and you have a perfect storm for mouse move ins!

Though considered harmless and cute by some, just consider these mouse facts: 
  • Able to transmit Hantavirus as well as Salmonella, bacteria responsible for food poisoning.
  • Urinates several hundred - even several thousand - "micro droplets" per day!
  • Can produce from 25 to 60 young each year!
  • May transmit the following parasites to humans and pets: ringworm, mites, tapeworm and ticks.
  • Mice chewing on wires can cause electrical fires.
Keep mice out of schools and homes by:
  • Repairing or replacing damaged or missing door sweeps on exterior doors, and sealing all other openings that allow entrance. Any hole ¼" or larger can accommodate a mouse. That means if you can stick a pencil into a hole, a mouse can also get through it!
  • Removing indoor and outdoor debris that could harbor mice such as woodpiles, clutter and mulch piles.
  • Clearing high weeds - since weeds and seeds serve as food and shelter for mice during warm weather.
  • Cleaning up food scraps and storing foods appropriately to prevent easy access to food. All pet foods, bird seed and human food should be stored off the floor and in freezer zip lock bags or plastic containers with lids.
Once mice get in, trapping is the best strategy:
  • Place multiple snap traps along the base of walls and in corners of rooms where mice are suspected. Chocolate syrup makes a good bait.
  • Set traps in the evening and collect them the following morning prior to the arrival of students. Number each trap so that you are sure to collect them all.
Glue boards are inhumane and only catch immature mice, allowing adults to continue breeding. Mice can take a long time to die stuck on traps, risking exposing students to very upsetting noises and sights.

Careful inspection should be done before ending trapping as multiple infestations are not uncommon. For more information, see the Pest Press at http://cals.arizona.edu/apmc/docs/October_mice_and_rats.pdf 
IPM in the Classroom
Now that the new school year is well underway, take a minute to check out your classroom for pest-friendly conditions!
  • Cluttered cubbyholes, piles of classroom materials, items stored on the floor or in corners makes it impossible for custodial staff to clean, and IPM staff or contractors to inspect.
  • Snacks and edible art supplies stored in unsealed containers are an invitation to pests.
  • Report spills on carpet or hard to reach areas to custodian staff immediately.
  • Emphasize the importance of keeping personal space clean to students.
Set aside a few minutes each week for you and your students to conduct a classroom round- up. Have students clean out their desks and cubbyholes of any unwanted papers and trash. Hand out wet wipes for students to use on their desks, chairs and other areas. 

Teach IPM!
Teaching IPM in the classroom encourages environmental stewardship, critical thinking and problem solving skills, hands-on science learning and engages students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Check out these IPM curriculum resources:
  1. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has IPM curricula for K-12 students.
  2. Check out the article below to learn more about A Classroom InPestigation: Life Science Curriculum for grades 3-5
  3. School IPM 2015 Student IPM Curriculum for K-12 Teachers
Have fun
Challenge your students to become IPM ambassadors. After learning all about IPM, students will understand the key principles of an IPM program: identify, decide, act and evaluate. Students can contribute to the classroom IPM policy and use the skills they have learned at home too.
Classroom InPestigation!   
Students will see the world of insects from an entirely new perspective by participating in A Classroom InPestigation. This life science curriculum for grades three to five guides students to conduct scientific investigations about the world of insects.

The curriculum is built upon problem and inquiry-based design principles. Each lesson contains questions and worksheets to help engage students to make evidence-based claims. Comprised of five, 50-minutes lessons the curriculum summarizes these IPM components:
  1. Accurately identify the pest
  2. Understand the biology and ecology of the pest
  3. Monitor the environment to determine the pest levels
  4. Determine when action is required
  5. Select an appropriate course of action
  6. Gather data and evaluate results
InPestigation was piloted in Washington and Colorado grades schools. Teachers were asked to fill out an evaluation form after they completed the program. Lauren Urbina, 3rd Grade Teacher at STEM Launch Elementary School said, "My kids loved the entire unit. They loved them all! We learned a ton and had a great time doing so."
Through education and teacher support, IPM can become a permanent fixture in classrooms. Guided by their teachers, students can become "InPestigators" and learn to evaluate situations to ensure the healthiest environment possible. To view the curriculum, click here.

Funded by the Western IPM Center, Ian Renga, University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Deborah Young, Colorado State University, and Carrie Foss, Washington State University collaborated to write and develop the program.

Carrie Foss will be presenting the curriculum at a 2014 Teacher Workshop in conjunction with the Entomological Society of America's Annual Meeting, on November 15, 2014 in Portland, OR. To learn more about the workshop, click here.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tick Safe Schools via Integrated Pest Management



Tick Safe Schools via Integrated Pest Management

Join us for a Webinar on September 30


Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:
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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.

Title:

Tick Safe Schools via Integrated Pest Management



Date:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Time:

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT




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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

School IPM 2015 Newsletter: August 2014


School IPM 2015: Reducing Pest Problems and Pesticide Hazards in Our Nation's Schools
School IPM 2015 Newsletter: August 2014
In This Issue
What's New?
Highlights
Upcoming Events
Tawny Crazy Ant Spreading Across Gulf States
What to do with Out-Dated, Unused Pesticides
New Online School IPM Courses Now Available!
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Kids learn about IPM during a Migrant Education Summer Camp at Southwark Elementary in South Philadelphia. Michelle Niedermeir, community IPM coordinator lead the camp created for children K-5 and their parents from Nepal, Burma, Vietnam, China and several Spanish-speaking countries.
Hands-on training sessions on IPM for diverse audiences are available. Programs and train-the-trainer sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of the audiences.
To learn more visit the training session page or contact Niedermeier at (215) 435 - 9685 or email


Highlights
Did you know that you can buy IPM evaluation tools from the IPM Institute of North America Inc.?  Tools include: channel lock pliers, flat spatulas, Inspector's Field Guides for Pest Identification, Nite Ize Hip Pock-its and telescoping mirrors. For more information email Mariel Snyder!  


Upcoming Events
August 24-27, 2014
Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) National Meeting   
Missoula, MT 
September 17, 2014
School IPM Coordinator Regional Training
Houston, TX
More Information

October 8-9, 2014
Midwest Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference
Indianapolis, IN
More Information 
October 26, 2014
Education Facilities Management Forum
Chicago, IL
 More Information

October, 2014
Empowering School Integrated Pest Management
Orlando, FL
November 16-19, 2014
Entomological Society of America (ESA) National Meeting  
Portland, OR 
March 24-26, 2015
8th International IPM Symposium  
Salt Lake City, UT   


Quick Links
*View this newsletter as a  PDF
Greetings from School IPM 2015!  
Every day, 49 million children attend school in the United States, served by nearly seven million teachers and staff.   But they're not alone.  Schools are also frequented by a number of pests including cockroaches, mice, dust mites and more.  Asthma is epidemic among children, impacting nearly 6% of school children nationally with rates as high as 25% in urban centers.  House mice and cockroaches are potent asthma triggers.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a prevention-based, highly effective approach proven to reduce pest complaints and pesticide use by up to 90% in schools and other public buildings.  IPM practices such as sanitation and exclusion also improve food safety, fire safety and energy conservation.  Our newsletter highlights real-life examples of IPM in practice and can help you start an IPM program in your school district.  For more information, visit www.schoolipm2015.com

Tawny Crazy Ant Spreading Across Gulf States    
An invasive ant species is growing in numbers and range in Gulf Coast states. Formerly known as the raspberry crazy ant, the tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, was first spotted in Texas in 2002. Named for their random, nonlinear movement when looking for food, the crazy ant is sometimes found in electrical equipment and household appliances. Studies have shown that the tawny crazy ant is able to sheath itself in protective acid that allows them outcompete fire ants and other ant species, moving them up to the number one pest concern where they are present.

Identification

Tawny Crazy Ant
Eli Sarnat, bugwood.org
Tawny crazy ants, covered in reddish-brown hair, are about 3.2 mm long, smaller than the red imported fire ant. They do not have a centralized nest or mound, but shelter under stones, wood piles or other existing cavities including fire ant nests that they have taken over.



Impact
The tawny crazy ant can damage electrical systems in its search for harborage, causing overheating and system failures. The tawny crazy ant can also impact the environment by displacing other ants, and discouraging tree-nesting birds and other small animals. Tawny crazy ants do not sting, and their bites are not as painful as fire ant stings, but their enormous numbers create a tremendous nuisance for other animals.

Management
Tawny crazy ants are challenging to control in part because they can quickly re-infest areas previously treated. Prevention forms the basis for an IPM approach. Remove easy access to any food, water and harborage, such as leaf litter, fallen limbs and clutter.

The ant does not fly, and spreads slowly once introduced into an area. Introduction typically occurs through ants stowing away in garbage, yard debris, compost, potted plants, bales of hay or other objects moved by humans. Be sure to thoroughly inspect all items before transferring them to a new location.

To learn more about the tawny crazy ant, visit the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension's webpage by clicking here.
What to do with Out-Dated, Unused Pesticides
School districts frequently struggle with how to discard unused, no longer needed pesticides and lab chemicals. Budget constraints can delay proper disposal, and uninformed administration and staff are sometimes unaware of old pesticides and lab chemicals accumulations in schools resulting in hazards. "As chemicals age, they can breakdown into other substances that can be more dangerous than the original, parent chemical," explained Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension.

The Situation
All pesticides should be stored safely and according to the label found on the container. This includes storing the pesticide upright, in the original container, in a cool dry place away from food and out of children's reach.

Problems can occur when pesticides and lab chemicals are discovered years after they were originally purchased. They may no longer be legal to use, perhaps having left the market due to toxicity, persistence or other concerns, and often cannot be returned to the vendor. Disposal can be prohibitively expensive.

Inappropriately stored chemicals will leak, Iowa State University Extension
 
Old pesticides found in school storage locker, Iowa State University Extension
    
On the Front Line
Tony Pierce is a former high school and middle school science teacher who now works in the Compliance and Enforcement Section of the Hazardous Waste Program for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He reports that the most common problem he sees is ignorance. "Few know chemicals are hiding until someone retires and they open the cabinets.  This is a common problem in schools.  Teachers hoard and don't communicate what they have, then they retire/leave and the stockpile has to be sorted.  If there is better communication throughout the school, some items may not even be wastes-they can be used by other classes/departments," said Pierce. Educating teachers individually emphasizes the importance of compliance and gives teachers the opportunity for professional responsibly.

Other common locations for old pesticides include horticulture or agriculture programs, and unused pesticide storages, e.g., storage rooms or cabinets neglected when an in-house structural or grounds pest management program becomes outsourced.

Management
Three types of pesticide wastes may require proper disposal: unused pesticides in original containers, leftover pesticide mixtures in application equipment or other containers and empty pesticide containers. The first step is to read the label if still attached to the container and readable for disposal instructions. Keep in mind that state and local laws may be more restrictive than the label, and old labels may not represent the latest science in terms of safe disposal. You should never pour pesticides down the drain, on the ground or in a storm sewer.

"Sometimes the original product's container has rusted, been torn or otherwise unsound, spilling contents in the area it is stored," says Shour. You will need to contact your state clean sweep coordinator to learn how to safely dispose of these containers.

When transporting pesticides, keep an emergency spill kit on hand including gloves, cat litter or other absorbent material, goggles and coveralls. Be sure to inspect containers thoroughly before loading them into your vehicle. It is best to use a vehicle that has a separate area to store the chemicals, such as a pickup truck.

When rinsing out empty pesticide containers, always wear protective clothing and use the triple-rinsing process. Puncture holes in the containers to make sure they will not be used again. Contact your state environmental agency to find out if the pesticide container can be recycled.

To learn more about safe pesticide disposal please visit the resources listed below.
New Online School IPM Courses Now Available!   
IPM professionals who need to earn continuing education credit can now do so without traveling. Funded by the Southern IPM Center, a new web-based school IPM curriculum has been developed by Texas A&M AgriLife specialists. Courses are designed for school IPM coordinators, pest management professionals and animal control/code enforcement officers.
Located at https://txn.esslearning.com/catalogs/agrilife/, the online workshop series contains nine courses. Each course contains a pre-test to gauge current knowledge, and slides and handouts on pest biology and management procedures. The courses include:
  • Ants 101
  • Bats 101
  • IPM Basics
  • Texas School IPM Coordinator Crash Course
  • Mosquitoes 101
  • Pollinators 101
  • IPM for School Gardens 101
  • IPM for Texas Schools 101
  • Stinging Insects 101
Janet Hurley, school IPM specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, remarked that every year she would receive inquiries about IPM continuing education credits from individuals who were unable to travel to workshops.  

"The biggest challenge for us is reaching animal control officers and code enforcement officers in rural areas," Hurley said. "They don't always have the opportunity to get training about how to deal with bats and mosquitoes, but they have to deal with them frequently."
Participants will earn a minimum one hour of continuing education credit for each course. Participants receive a login, allowing them to finish the course at their own pace. The courses range in cost from $10 to $25.

Hurley says the list of courses currently on the site is only the beginning. The Stop School Pests National Standard IPM Training Program will be added to the site in 2015 and plans are already in the works for a training on cockroach IPM. Fellow school IPM specialists are beginning to translate years of material from workshop trainings into online slideshows, all of which will be housed on the site.

"The potential is unlimited," Hurley said. "You can't always be there for everyone. Now you can get training wherever you have a computer. And the fact that we got dual credit [for animal control officers] means that we can get a much larger audience than just the typical pest control specialists."

To learn more about these courses, please join the National School IPM Working Group Joint Steering and Advisory Committee Meeting on September's monthly conference call where we will walk through the courses in more detail. Contact Mariel Snyder for more information.

To enroll in a course today, visit https://txn.esslearning.com/catalogs/agrilife/ 

Contact Rosemary Hallberg, Southern IPM Center, for more information about the online courses.