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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, beginning on August 20, 2014, will include presentations from experts in the field.

The Basics of Schools IPM

October 21, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern - Register Now Exit EPA Disclaimer

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.

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.

Registration information will be provided soon along with additional information on these future webinars:

  • Bed Bugs in Schools - December 16, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern
  • Keeping Rodents Out of Your School - January 27, 2015 | Noon Eastern
  • Dealing with Nuisance Birds Around Schools - February 24, 2015 | 2 PM Eastern

Past Webinars

Creating Tick Safe Schools Using IPM

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

Download the PowerPoint (PPT, 80 pp, 27MB) presentation from this webinar.
Review the webinar report including participation statistics and responses to questions and comments.

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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