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With the continued prevalence of bed bugs in schools, it’s important all schools and school systems are proactive in developing a bed bug plan. Join the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and NPMA for a webinar on Thursday, April 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT that will address:
- Proactive Approaches to Planning for Bed Bugs
- Bed Bug Hot Spots in Schools
- Bed Bug Management Strategies
- Monitoring and Inspecting for Bed Bugs in Schools
- School IPM and Bed Bugs
- Communication to Families and Staff About Bed Bugs at School
- What to Expect in Working with a Pest Management Professional
Want to teach school staff some simple IPM techniques in just a few short minutes? Orange County Public Schools, in conjunction with Orlando Tech Animation, created several video “shorts” on IPM topics. The videos, which feature a cute animated mouse named Scruffles, run from one to two minutes long and include IPM basics, bed bugs, head lice, ants, rodents and cockroaches. In addition to presenting useful IPM tips, Scruffles has a tongue-in-cheek charm. In the rodent video, he comments that as a mouse himself, “I have certain expertise in these matters.”
So why should you participate in these webinars? You can learn valuable information about avoiding pest problems from experts all over the U.S. Hope to “see” you there!
Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture have identified 14 molecular markers in bed bugs that allow them to be resistant to pyrethroid insecticides. Pest control professionals commonly use pyrethroids to control bed bugs because of their safety, affordability, effectiveness and longevity.
Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars
Got ants? Tired of ladybug invasions in the fall? Brought home bed bugs from your last trip? Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals will moderate a free webinar series that will take on all of these topics. In 2013, most of the webinars will be on fire ants and other invasive ant species. Other topics for the year include bed bugs and various insects that invade homes each autumn.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label.
For years, bedbugs have been turning up in sometimes odd and random places, such as subways, movie theaters, dressing rooms and schools, but scientists believed that to flourish, the insects would need more frequent access to human blood meals.
Turns out they don’t.
Having policies and protocols in place to prevent and eliminate bed bugs in educational facilities is key to protecting students and should be an integral part of your IPM (integrated pest management) program.
Two new IPM publications from the University of Arizona are available:
Do you see a lot more crickets around your yard? If you’re in an area of drought, how do you save your trees, and what could be killing them? How should teachers and school administrators deal with bed bugs in school? Whether or not you live in Texas, this month’s School Pest News from the Texas School IPM Program has some good advice for anyone in the South facing these issues.