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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.

Creating Tick Safe Schools Using IPM

September 30, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern - Register Now Exit EPA Disclaimer

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.

The Basics of Schools IPM

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

School experts from around the country will explain and demonstrate the basics of school IPM, a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests in schools. This webinar that will describe school IPM, why it is important, how it is implemented, and where and when to utilize IPM tactics. A discussion of how to monitor for pests, pest exclusionary practices, and the importance of sanitation and maintenance of waste/recycling areas will ensue. The presenters will share insights on dealing with the most pest-challenging areas in schools – the kitchens and cafeterias. A virtual walk-through of a school will instruct you on how to identify and manage pest prone areas. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

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

  • Managing Outdoor Pests of Schools Using IPM - November 18, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern
  • Bed Bugs in Schools - December 16, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern
  • Keeping Rodents Out of Your School - January 27, 2014 | Noon Eastern
  • Dealing with Nuisance Birds Around Schools - February 24, 2015 | 2 PM Eastern

Past Webinars

School Community Mosquito IPM

August 20, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern

Download the PowerPoint (PPT, 80 pp, 27MB) presentation from this webinar.

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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