Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Upcoming IAQ Webinar: The Virtual School Walkthrough

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Learn to diagnose your school’s IAQ issues!
The Virtual School Walkthrough Webinar: Identifying and Solving Common IAQ Problems
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 1:30 – 3 p.m. EST
·         Richard Prill, Building Science and Indoor Air Quality Specialist, Washington State University
·         David Blake, Environmental Specialist/Indoor Air/Asbestos, Northwest Clean Air Agency
·         Jennifer Lemon, Indoor Environments Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Attend this webinar to:
·         Gain insight on how to identify potential IAQ issues before they become major problems for your school community.
·         Learn when and how to take, interpret and use IAQ-related measurements to determine the condition of your school buildings. 
·         Discover tools and resources your school can use, including checklists within the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, to conduct a thorough and effective walkthrough investigation.
·         Learn the importance of prioritizing IAQ issues and the power of effective communication when responding to reports and concerns.
This webinar is offered at no cost to participants. Don’t miss your chance to have your questions answered by the speakers – send your questions by sending an email to by February 19, 2013.

Listen to a clip of Dave and Rich’s webinar presentation to hear how conducting a walkthrough in a school should be as routine as getting a physical at a doctor’s office.

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Please note: This webinar will be approximately 90 minutes. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants.

If you have any questions about this presentation or the registration process, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at

EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Don't Bug Me Webinars

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 05:56 AM PST
So why should you participate in these webinars?  You can learn valuable information about avoiding pest problems from experts all over the U.S.  I'm kicking things off with the February 1st webinar....hope to "see" you there!

Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars
Got ants?  Tired of ladybug invasions in the fall?  Brought home bed bugs from your last trip? Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals will moderate a free webinar series that will take on all of these topics. In 2013, most of the webinars will be on fire ants and other invasive ant species.  Other topics for the year include bed bugs and various insects that invade homes each autumn. 
Alabama Extension entomologist Dr. Kathy Flanders says these free webinars are designed for homeowners and the general public.
“We will provide them with sound, research-based management solutions for these pests from some of the best experts around the country,” she says.  “The webinars are specifically for ordinary people who need answers they can use.
“Participating is as simple as clicking on a web link.”
Each webinar will begin at 1 p.m.  Central Time and will last 30 to 45 minutes. 
Flanders says not to worry if you cannot tune in for the live webinar.
“The webinars will be recorded and archived.  If you miss one, you will be able to watch a recording later.” 
 First Friday of the Month Spring Series
February 1, 2013. Fire Ant Home Remedies - What Works, What Doesn't  ( )  Home remedies for fire ant control are dominating the internet. Learn what works and what doesn't. Learn about safe and effective techniques for fire ant management for home landscapes.   Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Dani Carroll.
March 1, 2013.  Ants! Ants! Ants! ( Tawny crazy ants and Argentine ants don't sting, but their large colonies are definitely annoying.  Learn how these ants live and how to control them.  Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear.

April 5, 2013.  You Have Fire Ants Where? ( Targeted fire ant management in sensitive and challenging areas including vegetable gardens, fish ponds, compost piles and electrical boxes.  Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Willie Datcher.
May 3, 2013.  Protect Your Loved Ones From Fire Ants ( Learn safe, effective, research-based methods to protect your family and pets from fire ants.  Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Charles Pinkston.
June 7, 2013. Get Rid of Those Bed Bugs ( Learn how bed bugs live and get sound, research-based advice on how to get rid of them.  Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Chris Becker.
First Wednesday of the Month Fall Series
September 4, 2013.  Fall - A Good Time to Control Fire Ants with Bait  ( Applying fire ant baits in the fall is an effective way to minimize fire ant problems in home lawns and other landscapes.  Learn how to get the most out of your fire ant bait and discuss community-wide fire ant management programs.  Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Sallie Lee.
October 2, 2013. Home Invaders ( Every fall certain bugs come into our houses looking for a place to spend the winter. Learn what they are and how to evict them. Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Ellen Huckabay.
November 6, 2013.  Keep Ants Off the Thanksgiving Table ( Learn safe and effective ways to keep ants from invading your house.  Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Mallory Kelley.
As the date for each webinar approaches, watch eXtension’s Don’t be Bugged Webinar Series page  ( for more information on that particular webinar.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January School IPM 2015 eNewsletter

The January School IPM 2015 eNewsletter features the following articles: School IPM Coalitions Foster Collaboration and Progress, Tips to Keep Mice Out, and Don’t Let Employees Bring Pesticides to Work.

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: