New Online Courses Help K12 School Employees Make Schools Healthier Places to Learn

MADISON, Wis., December 14, 2017 – Stop School Pests, a new online training program, is now available to school employees across the United States and beyond at The training will help schools reduce pest complaints, pesticide use, and pest-related costs, and improve food and fire safety by teaching staff how to prevent pest problems before they occur.

Students spend a major part of each day in school – on average 30 hours each week. Exposure to pests and pesticides can create an unhealthy school environment. Mice and cockroaches can cause or trigger asthma attacks and allergies. Similarly, an over-reliance on pesticides can lead school employees and children to be exposed unnecessarily to dangerous chemicals.

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IPM News posts from news – IPM in the South for 12/06/2017

Southern Region IPM News
A publication of the Southern IPM Center

Southern Region IPM News posts a collection of headlines from news sources throughout the Southern Region. Some of the news provided here may also be national, such as notices about upcoming EPA or NIFA webinars or national events that affect this region.

In the 12/06/2017 edition:

APHIS Publishes Final Rule to Allow the Importation of Fresh Mango Fruit from Vietnam into the Continental United States
Consumers be aware of unsuspecting insects in Christmas trees
Study finds small bees carry pollen further than larger ones
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Reuse, Water Scarcity, and Drought Grants Progress Review Meeting & Webinar
2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans
APHIS Expands the Citrus Greening (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) Quarantined Area in California
ATTRA Tipsheet Can Help You Control Whiteflies
APHIS Posts New Weed Risk Assessments
Organic grain, soybean study establishes early production recommendations

ESA Creates New Infographic Fact Sheet on Integrated Pest Management

At Entomology 2017 in November, the ESA Science Policy Committee approved the latest ESA fact sheet, focused on integrated pest management (IPM). This infographic fact sheet was created by a team of ESA volunteers to explain how IPM is practiced and why it is a critical tool in the agricultural, environmental, and urban pest management toolkit. This fact sheet can be used to help communicate what IPM is to members of Congress and their staff as well as for broader public outreach and education.

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