Tuesday, July 29, 2014

School IPM 2015 Newsletter: July 2014

School IPM 2015: Reducing Pest Problems and Pesticide Hazards in Our Nation's Schools
School IPM 2015 Newsletter: July 2014
In This Issue
What's New?
Upcoming Events
Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites!
Pestworldforkids.org Revamped
Integrated Pest Management and Health Inspections Training Video Now Available!
PRI Pesticide Product Evaluator
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What's New This Month 
NYS IPM Program Announces a new School IPM Blog and Twitter account.

Weekly blog posts and daily tweets connecting community and educators to the latest in pest management at schools across NY and the  Northeast. The IPM practices from the Northeast IPM Center 's new Best Management Practices for School IPM website will be promoted as well.

Visit the blog: 
The ABCS of School and Childcare Pest Management

 Follow the twitter account

The 2014 National Healthy Homes (NHHC) Conference presentations are now available! Please visit the program page of the 2014 NHHC website, where the presentations are located. Photos from the conference and the final program guide are also available.  

Upcoming Events
 August 6 & 7, 2014 
IPM for Colleges, Universities or LEED Buildings
 College Station, TX 

August 7, 2014 
Bed Bug Workshop
 Chicago, IL

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   

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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

Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites!   
Mosquito bites can cause discomfort, but they are more than just a nuisance. Vector (disease-spreading) mosquito species can cause infections such as West Nile virus with potentially severe complications such as encephalitis and meningitis. While an effective management program will not completely eliminate mosquitoes, it can reduce population levels and the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

Larval and Pupal Mosquitoes
Source: eXtension
All mosquitoes undergo complete metamorphosis from egg, larva, pupa to adult. Most mosquito species are not strong fliers and are active at dawn, dusk or evening. Only females feed on blood drawn from humans and other vertebrates, needed for egg development, while males normally feed on plant juices. Larvae, called wigglers, and pupae, or tumblers, are often visible near the surface of standing water, although they may dive deeper when disturbed.

Mosquito IPM for Schools
Generally, the best way to control mosquito populations is to identify and remove sources of standing water before mosquito breeding season. Some examples of key habitats for egg laying and larval development include tree holes, buckets, tires, tarps, unused swimming pools, storm drains and clogged gutters.

Eliminate the source:
  • Turn over water-holding tools, such as wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Eliminate stagnat water in birdbaths, ornamental pools or other outside areas.
  • Cover dumpsters, trash and recycling bins to prevent water accumulation.
  • Remove old tires or drill holes in them to drain water.
  • Cut back or remove dense brush and other vegetation from around buildings.
  • Biological controls, including Bacillus thuringiensis, and even mosquito-eating fish, can be effective for specific environments including ornamental pools.
Avoidance tactics:
  • Make sure window and door screens are in good repair.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors. Some mosquitoes are attracted to dark greens, browns and black.
  • Avoid places with high mosquito density and being outside during peak mosquito activity.
  • For outdoor events occurring during peak activity, encourage students and staff to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts.
If these measures are not adequate to keep mosquito problems at acceptable levels, you may need to contact your local mosquito control authority to address breeding habitat in adjacent areas out of your control. Chemical pesticide treatments are best used in conjunction with expert advice to ensure optimum results and legal compliance. Repellants are also considered pesticides, and should generally not be applied to students by school staff.

To learn more about IPM management for mosquitoes, visit eXtension's School IPM Action Plan for Mosquitoes.   
Pestworldforkids.org Revamped
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach division of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has unveiled its redesigned children's website, pestworldforkids.org 

The educational website is designed for students and teachers K-8 and includes pest guides, writing tips for students, science fair kits, and lesson plans which meet standards developed by the National Science Teacher Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

"PestWorldForKids.org is a favorite online destination for many children and a great tool for teachers to use in the classroom," says Missy Henriksen, executive director of PPMA. "A redesign was necessary to make it functional and compatible with today's mobile devices. It's also important to keep our younger audience engaged while learning about the wonderful world of bugs. Our fun, vibrant new look and friendly user interface does just that."

NPMA's eBook series, Critter Crafts videos, multiple-choice quizzes and PestQuest episodes are also available on the site. The website is compatible with computers, tablets and smartphones.

A second phase of the new site, scheduled to be released later this year, will include an updated games section. "The interactive games are one of our most popular features on the site. We are working to convert some fan favorites from Flash to responsive design and are also developing new games to add to our collection," said Henriksen.

To learn more about pestwordforkids.org, contact Missy Henriksen.
Integrated Pest Management and Health Inspections Training Video Now Available!  
The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) has released an online training video, called Integrated Pest Management and Health Inspections. The seven-minute YouTube video provides strategies to incorporate IPM into a school's comprehensive environmental health program. The video showcases an on-site inspection of a school in Multanomah County, OR. Although the video focuses on Oregon school IPM regulations, much of the content is applicable nationally.

NCAP worked closely with schools and health specialists in Multnomah County to create the content for the training video. Kim Leval, Executive Director of NCAP, says, "We are pleased to offer this resource aimed at better protecting the health of children by finding healthier ways to prevent and reduce pest problems without the use of pesticides.  It is a win-win!" To view the video, click here.

NCAP developed an accompanying online survey to gather feedback on content and training needs. Survey data will be used to improve future videos and guide training for IPM best practices. Please consider completing the survey after watching the video. The survey is available here.

Funding for the video was provided in part by the Western IPM Center. For more information contact Megan Dunn, Healthy People and Communities Program Director for NCAP. 
PRI Pesticide Product Evaluator
The Pesticide Research Institute Pesticide Product Evaluator has new subscription rates of $99/yr for an individual subscription and $399/yr for a group subscription. A group subscription for K-12 schools is now only $299/yr. The group subscription allows up to ten individuals to access the Product Evaluator under one subscription and includes a list feature that allows group members to create a customized list of products for their organization.

Search by California Healthy Schools Exempt to find pesticide products exempt from California school reporting requirements, such as containerized baits, crevice treatments and disinfectants. These products are flagged with a school bus icon to allow school IPM staff to quickly verify whether a product is exempt from reporting under the California Healthy Schools Act.  

Other New Features
  • Pesticide product reviews with details on the pest, application site and treatment results.
  • Search by Bee-toxic to discover which pesticides are harmful to bees and other pollinators.
  • Search by FIFRA Exempt to get a list of Section 25(b) low-toxicity pesticides products that do not require US EPA registration.

Monday, July 28, 2014

CBS News Reports on Risks Associated with Pesticide Exposure

On Friday, July 25th  CBS News reported on the risks associated with pesticide exposure. Below is a link to the clip and text from the news story. 

The pesticides you use on your lawn to get rid of weeds and insects are part of a $10 billion-a-year industry. But some doctors are becoming more concerned about your exposure to those chemicals, CBS News correspondent Vinita Nair reports.
Joe Holland has been in the lawn care business for 30 years. His work requires him to be around a variety of chemicals, which is why he always tells his workers to take precautions.
"You always have to protect yourself when you're using any chemicals, no matter the grade," Holland said. "You have to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants."
The chemicals his workers are using are known as herbicides and insecticides, designed to kill invasive plants and ward off bugs like mosquitoes. The most common chemicals used are glyphosate 2, 4-D, and permethrin.
Dr. Phil Landrigan, professor of pediatrics at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, studies the effects of these chemicals on humans, in particular children and pregnant women.
"I think the fact that they have been around for a long time engenders a false sense of security," Landrigan said.
This week, he presented his findings at a congressional briefing on the health risks of overexposure.
"There is also concern that pesticides of all kinds can damage the developing nervous system and can result in learning disabilities in children, behavioral problems and possibly chronic diseases like Parkinson's," Landrigan said.
The doctor insists that some pesticides can stay in your system for years.
"Older pesticides like DDT can stay in the human body for years, even decades," Landrigan said.
But Dr. Josh Bloom of the American Council of Science and Health says these chemicals have been used in the U.S. for at least 60 years and pose no risk.
"There are so many hundreds of things more dangerous in everyday life than this that it is not even worth thinking about," Bloom said.
New York is one of many states that requires landscapers to put down flags, warning residents that a lawn has been freshly treated.
Joe Holland says his landscaping clients regularly ask about the chemicals he's using.
"The questions I get the most are 'when can my kids and my dog go out on the lawn' and my answer is usually 24 hours," Holland said. "If it doesn't get watered for two days, we recommend you don't go out there for two days."
There is no scientific standard about how long to stay off the lawn after it's treated. Landrigan wants to see that change. Joe Holland says he and his workers mark each lawn with flags and instruct homeowners when it's safe to venture out into their yards.
© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

New app for School IPM!

A new app for School IPM is now available! Produced in collaboration with the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University, the app connects you to regional and national school IPM information using your mobile device. Check it out here: http://ace.orst.edu/pnwsipm/.

PNW Pest Press newsletters are also available on the WSU School IPM and the OSU School IPM websites.

Sensible Steps Webinar Series

As schools across the nation release students for the summer, staff are preparing to tackle the summer building and maintenance task list.  The Sensible Steps Webinar Series, a 10-session webinar series, is the perfect summer assignment for all your school staff. This comprehensive training program is designed in 10 functional, one hour, sessions.

Each session is driven by real-life case studies, providing real solutions to real concerns, as presented by school district personnel. And, it introduces dozens of sensible, low- or no-cost steps staff can use to make any school a healthier school.

Want to start training your district or schools staff today? Here’s a sneak preview to the Sensible Steps Assessment Tool, an excellent way to start the process, and to the new online-training modules.

Make the commitment today to these easy steps to a healthier school environment.
·       Watch the webinars and download the guide.
·       Add the webinars to your list of recommended or required training.
·       Train staff in your district and/or school.
To request copies of presentation slides or gain assistance with training plans and the Quick Assessment Checklist, contact Gretchen Stewart (stewart.gretchen@epa.gov), 206-553-0527.
A Certificate of Completion for any session can be provided by request.

Featured Speakers
  • Stacy Murphy, Schools Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 6
  • Victor Melton, Environmental Manager, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, TX
  • Brad Miller, U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs
  • Seth Miller, Director of Operations, Westville School District, Westville, IL
  • Mark R. Hardin, IPM Specialist, Howard County Public School System, Howard County, MD
  • Maryann Suero, PhD, Environmental Health Scientist, U.S. EPA Region 5
  • Kevin Christoun, Maintenance, Environmental and Safety Manager, Kenosha Unified School District
  • Karen Frank, Science Department Chair, Waukegan High School, Waukegan, IL
Video: Cleaning and Maintenance (Windows Media, 17MB)
  • Marcus Rivas, Pollution Prevention & Sustainable Materials Management, U.S. EPA Region 7
  • Erik Lueders, MBA, LEED AP, Sustainability and Purchasing Manager, Parkway School District, Chesterfield, MO
  • Ashley McArthur, Senior Analyst, The Cadmus Group on behalf of EPA’s ENERGY STAR program
  • James Wilkerson, Director of Facilities Services, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA
  • Jennifer Lemon, U.S. EPA Indoor Environments Division
  • Steven M. Caulfield, P.E., CIH, Senior Vice President, Turner Building Science & Design
  • Peggy Caruso, Assistant Director Maintenance, Operations and Environment, Katy Independent School District, Katy, TX
  • Jessica Hing, U.S. EPA Region 1, Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator
  • Michelle Reichmuth, U.S. EPA Region 8, Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Coordinator
  • Gregory Hronich, Environmental Compliance Manager, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Sue Casteel, MS, Environmental Health Scientist, Health Educator, ATSDR Region 4
  • Shelley R. Bengtson, Environmental Specialist, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NB
  • Kent Thomas, Scientist, U.S. EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Kimberly Tisa, PCB Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 1
  • Jennifer Lemon, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. EPA Indoor Environments Division
  • Stacy Murphy, Schools Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 6
  • Maryann Suero, PhD, Environmental Health Scientist, U.S. EPA Region 5
  • Marcia Anderson, PhD, U.S. EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM