Thursday, October 22, 2009

Iowa State University Highlights School IPM

Media correspondents from Iowa State University recently recognized Dr. Mark Shour for his outstanding work with IPM training in Iowa schools and child care facilities. To read the full article, click HERE.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

North Thurston Public Schools Earns IPM STAR Certification

North Thurston Public Schools has earned IPM STAR certification, the highest award available recognizing excellence in reducing pest and pesticide risks to children and staff. North Thurston Public Schools' Integrated Pest Management program was initiated in 1991 to address the district's mission to ensure the safety of students and staff. Fore more information, click HERE.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Facility Masters Webcast: Integrated Pest Management Essentials for Schools – Oct. 27 @ 12pm EASTERN

All educational professionals want to provide a healthy learning environment that protects students and teachers from the hazards of pests and pest-related illnesses. But many recent surveys and studies have documented serious problems with school pest management programs, ranging from unmanaged infestations and use of illegal pesticides to unsafe and unnecessary exposure of children to pesticides.

Join an interactive, one-hour webcast to hear industry experts from the University of Arizona and EnviroSafe review the essentials of an effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. You’ll learn how IPM can provide significantly better pest management with less pesticide use and no increase in cost.

Integrated Pest Management Essentials for Schools
Tuesday, October 27th
12:00pm-1:15pm EASTERN

The webinar will cover IPM standards and best practices that will help you:
· Manage pest problems over the long-term
· Minimize impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms
· Utilize effective alternatives to chemical pesticides
· Identify, monitor and manage pests tied to health concerns
· Educate school administrators, maintenance/custodial staff, teachers and students
· Reduce asthma triggers related to pests and pesticides

This is a webcast you can't afford to miss! Register now at:

Presenters are:
• Dawn Gouge: Associate Professor & Associate Specialist - Community IPM, University of Arizona
• Bob Stoddard: President of EnviroSafe (pest and turf management services)
• Roger Young: Principal Member – Roger Young and Associates LLC, MA
• Dave Kornegay: Community Editor –

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bed Bugs Expert to Speak in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Bed bugs are becoming an emerging public health issue after years of relative invisibility. These nocturnal bloodsuckers do not discriminate and will infest any environment with beds and sleeping people. Bed bugs cannot fly, so either walk or hitchhike to a new location on used mattresses, furniture, clothing, backpacks or suitcases. Both people and the things they buy are traveling greater distances more frequently, and many city residents live in multiple-unit housing allowing hitchhiking bedbugs to spread quickly. To help address this growing problem, the Philadelphia School and Community IPM Partnership will be hosting an educational session on bed bugs on October 21, 2009 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the School District of Philadelphia at 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia with bed bug expert Changlu Wang, Rutgers University. For more information, contact the program at (814) 865-2839, or Web site

Monday, October 12, 2009

New School IPM Resource

A new publication was recently released in conjunction with the School IPM 2015 regional leaders and the University of Arizona. Its purpose is "to create awareness of the need to establish Integrated Pest Management in all U.S. schools and provide a link to a Pest Management Strategic Plan that defines standards appropriate for a child’s learning environment". Click here to read the full document.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

School IPM 2015 eNewsletter

September edition:

The November edition will highlight the school IPM demonstration projects in Brookings and Flandreau, SD as well as the online IPM Cost Calculator tool.