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School IPM Webinar Series

Are you a school facility manager, IPM Coordinator, building and grounds supervisor, nurse, administrator, or pest management professional? If so, you play a critical role in reducing the number of pests in your school and in minimizing the exposure of students and staff to pesticides. To help you be better prepared to fill your role, EPA's Center of Expertise for School IPM will host a series of webinars in the coming months on pest management topics of special interest to the school community. These monthly webinars, that began in August 2014, feature presentations from experts in the field.

Bed Bugs in Schools

December 16, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern - Register Now Exit EPA Disclaimer

Bed bugs continue to show up in schools across the nation. Their arrival can cause headaches for everyone from the administration to the nurse and facility manager. This presentation discusses the challenges bed bugs present and your important role in protecting the students and staff. Bed bugs are uniquely different from most indoor pests. Few pests evoke such strong emotional responses and present such a management challenge. Successful bed bug management requires a proactive strategy and begins by engaging and educating the entire school community on how to recognize and stop them.

Join Dini Miller (Virginia Tech’s Urban Pest Management Laboratory), along with EPA’s Office of Pesticide Program representatives Marcia Anderson (Center of Expertise for School IPM), and Susan Jennings (Public Health Liaison) in exploring your role in a district-wide bed bug action plan. Round out your bed bug education by reviewing prevention and control tactics that are consistent with the smart, sensible, and sustainable guidelines of a school Integrated Pest Management program. Be empowered to help keep bed bugs out of your school!

This webinar is one in a series of EPA presentations to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control by offering information on Integrated Pest Management. The presentations are geared specifically to the school community - facility managers, buildings and grounds managers and staff, nurses, administrators, IPM coordinators.

Keeping Rodents Out of Your School

January 27, 2015 | Noon Eastern - Register Now Exit EPA Disclaimer

Rodents and their control can present significant challenges for schools. Mice and rats can cause physical damage in and around buildings and pose health risks to students and staff. School facility and buildings/grounds managers are invited to join Drs. Robert Corrigan and Claudia Riegel as they discuss the health significance of rats and mice in schools and how to identify their food sources, harborages, signs of activity. An introduction to rodent control practices including waste management, sanitation, exclusion, and chemical options will follow. The final segment will include a discussion of protecting non-target populations, safety tips for school environments, personal protection, and special considerations for structural foundations, playgrounds, and sports fields. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.

Featured Speakers:

  • Robert Corrigan, Ph.D., Rodent IPM Specialist, New York City Board of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Claudia Riegel, Ph.D., Director, of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board

Please check back for additional information on these future webinars:

  • Dealing with Nuisance Birds Around Schools - February 24, 2015 | 2 PM Eastern
  • Managing Outdoor Vertebrate Pests at Schools - March 31, 2015
  • Avoiding Stinging Insects in School Environments - April 21, 2015
  • School Turf and Landscape Pest Management - TBD

Past Webinars

The Basics of Schools IPM

October 21, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern

A webinar, The Basics of School Integrated Pest Management (IPM), hosted by the Agency’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will be held on October 21, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests. IPM takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive. For the webinar participants:

  • Tim Stock, IPM Specialist with Oregon State University, will describe school IPM, its importance, and its implementation.
  • Mark Hardin, IPM Specialist for the Howard County (Maryland) Public School System, will discuss pest monitoring, pest exclusion, and the sanitation and maintenance of waste and recycling areas.
  • Marc Lame, Clinical Professor at Indiana University, will provide information on pest management challenges in school kitchens and cafeterias.
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM, will lead participants through a virtual school walkthrough to identify pest vulnerable areas.
  • A moderated question and answer session will conclude the event.

Creating Tick Safe Schools Using IPM

  • Listen to and view the recorded webinar Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • Review the webinar report, also available as a PDF (4 pp, 421k, PDF), including responses to questions and related resources.

    September 30, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern
    Join us to learn about this increasingly important pest and what you can do to reduce the risk to students, faculty and staff in schools.

  • Thomas Mather, University of the Rhode Island Center for Vector Borne Diseases, will discuss tick borne diseases and prevalence, the identification, inspection and removal of ticks,and the Tick Encounter web resource.
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA's School IPM Center of Expertise, will review passive prevention using landscape design, sanitation, maintenance, the Agency's role in tick IPM, and on how to incorporate tick prevention into your school IPM plan.
  • Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture, will discuss the importance of monitoring, repellents, active prevention using pesticidal tools, research, and information resources.
  • Christine Dunathan, Friends Community School (College Park, MD), will discuss real world school tick issues and first-hand challenges with tick management.
  • A Q&A session will conclude the webinar.

School Community Mosquito IPM

August 20, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern
Mike Merchant (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension), Joe Conlon (American Mosquito Control Association), and Marcia Anderson (EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM) presented information on disease vectors of concern, their biology, integrating mosquito management into a School IPM plan, and a decision-making rationale for deploying pesticides for mosquito management. Preferred mosquito breeding and feeding habits were identified followed by a discussion of habitat modification including source reduction, sanitation, and maintenance to prevent mosquito borne diseases. Common biological controls were introduced, especially for school rain gardens, cisterns and other water collection areas. This was followed by a discussion on mechanical devices and pesticides including larvicides, insect growth regulators, and adulticides.

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