Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December School IPM 2015 eNewsletter

The December School IPM 2015 eNewsletter features the following articles: EPA PPDC Recommends The Business Case for IPM in Schools, Top Ten DOs and DON’Ts for School IPM Success, and Training Modules Provide IPM Tips for Child Care and Early Learning Environments.

If you have not done so already, please consider signing up for the monthly School IPM 2015 newsletter mailing list to:
·         Learn how you  can reduce pesticide use and pest complaints by more than 70%!
·         Create a successful IPM program with no long-term increase in pest management costs.
·         Learn strategies for managing  pests all year:
o   Fall – stinging insects
o   Spring – ants
o   New pests – bed bugs
·         Improve your ability to educate and gain cooperation from key staff  including maintenance, custodial and food service.

Signing up is easy.  Email your name and contact information to:

Friday, December 14, 2012

NEW Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines for Buildings and Landscapes

Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines is a new free resource for designing buildings to be resistant to common pests, such as rats, mice, pigeons and cockroaches. San Francisco’s Integrated Pest Management Program initiated the project after initial pesticide use reductions achieved by the program began to level off.  Program participants suspected poor design was a key barrier to further reductions. 

The resource aims to compile the current body of knowledge about preventing pest problems through building design and construction.  Pest management professionals, architects, engineers, researchers, educators, green building experts, IPM consultants and public agency experts contributed. The final product is now posted on the Department’s website at:

The project was funded by the US Centers for Disease Control, coordinated by the Center for Environmental Health was contracted to coordinate the project, and the guidelines were reviewed by the International Code Council and a national, cross-sector team of experts.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Upcoming School IPM Webinars

School Integrated Pest Management: Protecting Children in Schools from Pests and Pesticides
Join us for a Webinar on January 23

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
First, we will explain the relationship between the special vulnerability of young children and pesticides use in schools. Then we will answer: What are the benefits of IPM, when adopted by your school district? What are the actions needed to eliminate pests through IPM in schools? We will identify pests that commonly sneak into schools, how they get into schools, and what types of conditions they are looking for. Specific IPM steps are described, such as setting pest thresholds, inspecting for evidence, monitoring for pests, and identifying points of entry. You will be shown how to eliminate the pests̢۪ ways of entering the school, and why sanitation and maintenance are so important in IPM. By starving pests out, eliminating food and water, and then taking away their homes by eliminating clutter, pests are no longer happy in their surroundings, reducing pest problems. You will be given a tour of pest vulnerable areas in schools, such as: kitchen and food prep areas, food and supply storage areas, cafeterias, classrooms, classroom storage areas, coat storage, and bathrooms. Outdoor issues such as standing water and garbage areas are also reviewed.

This final section describes the essential ingredients for a School IPM program. It outlines what should be included in the district policy and plan, and the plan contents for individual schools. The responsibilities of your school IPM coordinator are defined, followed by an explanation of why staff, and even student involvement is important for a successful program. All teachers and staff should be aware of IPM best practices, and protocols for reporting pests when found in the school.

School Integrated Pest Management: Protecting Children in Schools from Pests and Pesticides
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Bed Bugs Go to School Webinar
Join us for a Webinar on January 30

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

As the pest populations boom, bed bugs can, and will hitchhike into your school. The school can be bed bug free one day and have bed bugs brought in the next. For school administrators and facilities managers, bed bugs arriving at the school can be a recipe for big headaches. The formula for success in dealing with bed bugs is to prepare for the inevitable, and educate everyone. This presentation discusses why bed bugs are such a challenge and how you can be proactive. The key is to educate everyone, as much as possible to stop bed bugs at their source, 99% of the time this is the home. To do this you must engage the entire school community by educating the administration, maintenance and custodial staff, faculty, staff, students and especially the parents. Next, develop a school-specific written "bed bug action plan" in advance of problems including the development of specific procedures and responsibilities when responding to a bed bug sightings, incidents, and possible bites on students, and things to avoid. The presentation also reviews how and where to inspect for bed bugs, how to manage bed bugs with control tactics that are consistent with school IPM guidelines and regulations; and bed bug prevention such as reducing hiding spaces through clutter containment and removal, limiting the items being brought to school, and proper coat and backpack storage. Finally we address avoiding litigation due to bed bugs.
This presentation discusses why bed bugs are so challenging and how your school can be proactive.
Title: Bed Bug Webinar
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST

System Requirements: Same as above webinar.