Webinars about Integrated Pest Management in Schools

The EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM is now hosting its 2016 - 2017 webinar series featuring national experts from across the country relaying educational and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management programs in schools. We invite you to participate in the upcoming webinars and to review the information on the past topics.

Planned Webinars

  • November 15, 2016 -- Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan: Learn How to Develop a Comprehensive IPM Program:           Register Now Exit

Like people, pests need food, water, and shelter to survive. Removing these elements, by using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, will control existing pest infestations and reduce future invasions. Districts with successful IPM programs have everyone in the school community working together for a healthier learning environment. How can your school reach this level of success in managing pests? It starts by having a plan – an IPM plan. Whether you are just starting an IPM program, reinvigorating an existing plan or sustaining an effective IPM strategy – it’s helpful to take stock of your school pest management assets to where you can improve. Strive to institutionalize IPM in your district! Join us to learn the principles of effective school IPM and the specific components of a comprehensive school IPM plan. Find out who should be involved in developing and implementing IPM practices in your district. Hear two facility managers discuss what motivated their districts to start IPM programs. See how administration buy-in and cross-program support led to district-wide success.

  • December 13, 2016 -- Cockroaches in Your School…You Rarely Find Just One
  • January 24, 2017 -- How Integrated Pest Management Helps Control Pests of Public Health Importance in Schools
  • February 21, 2017 -- More Than Just a Firm Handshake: Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM-Based Services for Schools
  • March 14, 2017 -- Feed the Kids, Not the Pests: Effective IPM for Cafeterias and Kitchen
  • April 11, 2017 -- Contending with Invasive Plants on School Grounds
  • May 9, 2017 -- Managing Bed Bugs in Schools, Childcare Centers, and Boarding Schools
  • May 23, 2017 -- Managing Yellow Jackets and Other Wasps on School Grounds

Pest Control Should Not Drive You Batty: How to Manage Bats Effectively in Your School District

October 18, 2016 | Coming Soon to YouTube 

Bats are one of nature’s best insect predators, often eating thousands of mosquitoes and other insect pests in just one night. However, their helpful ways are quickly forgotten when they find their way into school buildings. What are the health issues associated with bats, the legal considerations surrounding their removal, and proven tactics to prevent and manage them?

Bat specialists from Cornell University and Bat Conservation International discussed the positive contributions bats make to the environment as well as the risks they present to students, faculty, and staff at schools. Participants learned how to best handle bat/human conflicts, relocate invading bats, properly clean up bat droppings and prevent future incursions into school buildings.

Our featured presenters were:
  • John Hermanson, Ph.D., Professor, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dianne Odegard, Education and Public Outreach Manager, Bat Conservation International
  • Ricardo Zubiate, Assistant Director Facility Services, Salt Lake City (Utah) School District
  • Jeremy Theriot, Energy Coordinator, Ascension Public School (Baton Rouge, LA)

Previous Webinars

Follow these links for more information on these previous webinars. Note that recordings of these webinars are included, when available.

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