Friday, May 4, 2012

School Pest News Webinar Announcements

School Pest News Announcements
If you haven't yet participated in a "webinar" it may be time to enter the 21st Century. Webinars are online classes that allow you to learn from your own office without having to travel to a far-off location.  From a teacher's perspective, webinars are great because you can gather a bunch of interested folks together from a wide geographic area (the world) and share information without having to travel.  
The beauty of the webinar is that you can attend "live" or view at a later date.  This email has upcoming webinars and links to webinars that happened in April. 
Ants driving you crazy? If they are, there are two webinar opportunities to learn about ant management in May.  The first is on Thursday, May 10 and is all about fire ants.  The next is the following Thursday, May 17 and covers pharaoh, carpenter and odorous house ants.  Join us and learn how to manage these pests before they become a problem this summer.

Fire Ant Control Made Easy
Frustrated trying to control fire ants? If so, join us for an online seminar, Fire Ant Control Made Easy, on Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT (10AM CDT). Killing fire ants is actually easier than you think—if you understand how they live. This seminar will help you learn how to apply integrated pest management tactics that are as economical and environmentally friendly as possible. You’ll also learn about fire ant biological control agents such as the Pseudacteon phorid flies.
If you have specific questions that you want us to address during the webinar, post them to the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Facebook page (Fire Ant Info).  Find more information on fire ants at or on Facebook (Fire Ant Info), Twitter (@FireAntInfo), or YouTube (eXfireants).
To participate, log in as “guest” at:

Event Location

Indoor Ant Control Made Easy
Ant Control Made Easy is geared for school IPM coordinators, but is really for anyone wanting to learn more about the basics of ant control.  It will be held Thursday, May 17, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT (10 to 11 a.m. CDT or 8 to 9 a.m. PDT)at your office or home computer!  No preregistration is required, there is no software to preload, no microphones or telephones are needed (you should have speakers to hear the presenters), just log onto the Internet site at the correct time. To participate, log in as “guest” at :
If you have specific questions that you want us to address during the webinar, post them here (, or to the Urban Integrated Pest Management eXtension Facebook page:
Event Location
Find more information on Urban Integrated Pest Management
If you missed the CONTINUING EDUCATION webinar lecture on Asthma Triggers and Management in school age children yesterday, the link below will give, you access to the recorded playback session for the next 10 days. The webinar has been approved for 1 hour of CNE credit through the Texas Nurses Association.

To view the playbacks of the lecture go to the following link:

Please check your computer compatibility prior to viewing the lecture at:

To complete all forms for CNE credit you can visit:        

Thought this EPA announcement was timely with the webinar from our friends at Pediatric Environmental Healthy Specialty Units, SWCPEH (above). 
From the Desk of Stephanie Owens, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education

Dear Friends,

Today, May 1st, is World Asthma Day and the start of Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a serious chronic respiratory disease that affects the quality of life of nearly 26 million Americans, including more than seven million children. Cleaner air, both indoors and out, makes it easier to manage this potentially deadly disease. EPA invites all of our partners to assist in promoting a better understanding of asthma during the month of May.

EPA plays an important role in helping to reduce environmental irritants, such as smog, smoke and chemicals in the air, that affect our health and trigger asthma attacks. The Clean Air Act has provided numerous health benefits including the prevention of millions of asthma attacks each year. Across the country, many other organizations are playing an important role in the fight against asthma. This year, EPA honors four healthcare program winners from California, Connecticut, Michigan and North Carolina for their outstanding efforts to improve the lives of people with asthma in under-served communities. I encourage you to read more about the excellent work they are doing.

Please take a moment to visit EPA’s Asthma Awareness Month website for a list of resources and ways you can promote easier breathing and better living. Also, you will find below additional facts and links to resources helpful in getting the word out to your valued stakeholders.

Thank you for your continued dedication to prevent asthma in communities across the United States.

Best regards,
Stephanie Owens

EPA’s Main Asthma Website: 
EPA’s Asthma Awareness Month Tools & Resources:
National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management:

Video PSAs
"Help Tackle Asthma & Air Pollution" with Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, Former NFL Player:

"Asthma Can Be Tackled" with Chris Draft, Former NFL Player:

Messages for Asthma Awareness Month

Asthma Quick Facts
  • One out of every 10 school-aged children has asthma.
  • Almost 13 million people reported having an asthma attack in the past year.
  • Over the past 10 years, asthma has continued to grow with more than four million new cases reported in adults and nearly one million new cases reported in children.
  • Asthma affects people of all ages and races, but asthma disproportionately affects minorities, and children and families with lower incomes.
  • Approximately three million Hispanics in the U.S. have asthma and Puerto Ricans are disproportionately impacted.
  • The annual economic cost of asthma, including direct medical costs from hospital stays and indirect costs such as lost school and work days, amounts to more than $56 billion annually.

Finally, check out our school IPM website for information that you can use in your school to educate teachers, students and staff about asthma, allergies and how IPM can help.

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

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