Celebrate Asthma Awareness Month—Take Action in Your School Community!

May is Asthma Awareness Month (AAM)—the perfect time to raise awareness and take action in your school community.

Each May, thousands of organizations across the U.S. join together for AAM to increase public awareness and improve the lives of children and families with asthma. Be part of this national effort to get asthma under control in communities nationwide! can connect you with tools and resources to plan and promote educational events and activities for students, staff and parents. Share your AAM stories and activities on the Network Blog!

Looking for ideas for teaching older kids about asthma? Try creative activities from North East Independent School District’s Diane Rhodes, presented in the 2013 Asthma Award Winners webinar. The North East Independent School District in Texas is one of many school programs that share resources and connect with others on

Collaborate with other community programs, like the Girl Scouts, to offer educational opportunities to students. The Asthma Awareness Patch Program teaches Girl Scouts about asthma, environmental triggers and how they can help friends with asthma avoid triggers.

Press Release for Ninth International IPM Symposium Awards

The IPM Achievement Awards recognize practitioners who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and program maintenance. In 2002, the USDA, along with its stakeholders, developed a national roadmap for IPM, which was revised in 2013. This roadmap has provided direction for practitioners who specialize in IPM for research, implementation of new technology, and measurement of success in management of all types of pests, including but not limited to agricultural, structural, veterinary, ornamental, forest and public health pests. The success of an IPM program depends on how well it follows the USDA NIFA IPM Roadmap, engenders stakeholder support, and increases IPM adoption and implementation. IPM practitioners who have achieved excellence fully support the IPM roadmap and garner stakeholders to help with program implementation and team building.

For each award category, the Awards Committee reviews each nomination package on:
• Improving economic returns by reducing input costs and/or improving product or service quality;
• Reducing human health risks;
• Minimizing adverse environmental effects from pests or pest management activities;
• Documenting outcomes in pesticide use and hazard reduction, improved economic returns, environmental impacts, etc. vs. outputs items like fact sheets published and distributed, meetings convened and attendance, number of producers in the study, etc.
• Developing/implementing innovative strategies.
• Working with a team to pull people together. The Award Committee wants each applicant to illustrate how the nominees—both individuals and groups—have used a team approach in the IPM process.

There are four award categories:
• Lifetime Achievement
• IPM Practitioner
• IPM Team/Group
• Graduate Student (New this year!)

This year, winners will have the opportunity to submit an article at no cost to the Journal of Integrated Pest Management for a special 9th International IPM Symposium edition. At the same time, winners will be invited to present their award-winning story during one of the many symposia sessions. Winners will receive their award recognition at the opening session Monday evening.

Consider nominating someone today! Awards nominations will be accepted between April 24, 2017 through June 5, 2017. Winners will be notified in August 2017.

To learn more about the application process join us for a short webinar on May 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 12:00 PM MDT, and 11:00 AM PDT. Use this link to register now, – you will receive reminders about the date. If you can’t attend, you will also get a link to the recorded meeting after the fact. The recording will be posted to the Awards page on May 8, 2017.

To apply or learn about the specific criteria for each award, visit our webpage at

A Model for Effective, Reduced-Cost Bed Bug Monitoring

While the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) can target all varieties of human habitats, it is a significant concern in settings such as multi-unit, low-income housing, especially those for the elderly or disabled, where the pest can spread easily and resources for management of the pest are often limited.

However, a new study published in March in the Journal of Economic Entomology offers encouraging evidence that a simple monitoring plan can effectively detect bed bug infestations and potentially reduce management costs. The results show even just one passive pitfall trap placed in a studio or one-bedroom apartment can detect low-level bed bug infestations four out of five times.

Karen Vail, Ph.D., professor and extension urban entomologist at the University of Tennessee and lead author of the study, says the success rate was similar to those found in studies of monitoring plans with greater numbers of traps. “The lower cost of using fewer monitors and less time required to place them may encourage pest management professionals and housing managers to use them more frequently and thus detect bed bugs before they spread,” she says.

Vail and research specialist Jennifer Chandler conducted their study in three high-rise apartment buildings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the winter of 2014. They tested two pitfall-style traps and one sticky trap, and they also varied the number of traps placed per apartment (one, two, or four). Over the course of the eight-week test period, the pitfall monitors detected bed bugs in 79 percent to 88 percent of apartments where bed bugs were otherwise confirmed to be present. The sticky monitor, however, had only a 39 percent detection rate. In the apartments with pitfall traps, there was no significant improvement in detection when placing two or four monitors versus placing just one.

Vail says her long-term goal aims to show housing managers that quick visual inspections combined with optimal number and placement of pitfall monitors can be cost effective and increase adoption of proactive monitoring for bed bug infestations. “Housing managers must realize early detection will provide savings due to reduced treatment costs and that they should avoid basing monitoring program selection exclusively on the cost of the monitoring program alone,” she says.

The full article in the Journal of Economic Entomology can be found online here.

Spotted-wing Drosophila Canadian Webinar Series – Highlights

The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) Canada has new information available on its website regarding the topics presented at a Spotted-wing Drosophila Canadian Webinar series held during the winter months of 2016-17. The series included four sessions highlighting updates on research and extension activities across Canada and management gaps. The webinars were delivered by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group.

The technical working group on Spotted-wing Drosophila (SWD) was established in 2012 in response to grower concerns about Spotted-wing Drosophila in Canada, particularly in tender fruits including cherries, blueberries, caneberries, and grapes. The SWD Technical Working Group (TWG) was mandated to determine research activities, outreach efforts, and priorities related to the detection, monitoring, biology, and management of SWD. The Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group Membership is composed of key researchers, experts and stakeholders and provides scientific and technical advice to the Canadian Horticulture Council – Pest Management Centre Invasive Alien Species Coordination Group (CHC-PMC IAS CG).

Subscribe to The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) e-mail notifications here.

9th International IPM Symposium – Session Proposal Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting a proposal for a concurrent session is next Monday, April 24. This is your opportunity to develop a proposal for a session on your favorite topic, and to educate, engage and learn from attendees from around the world. For this event, your program committee especially encourages proposals that address our theme, and include IPM user perspectives in agriculture and communities, including growers, facility managers, consultants and others.

The 9th International IPM Symposium will be held March 19-22, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Symposium is your premier global event for professional development, networking with colleagues and leading scientists, and learning the latest research and strategies for effectively managing pests in agriculture, communities, and natural areas, with the least impact on health and environment.

In 2018, we will organize around a very important theme, IPM: Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability.

Session proposals must be submitted online by Monday, April 24, 2017 for full consideration and may address any aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including research, extension, regulatory, policy and IPM in practice. You will find the online submission form here.

This call is only for multi-speaker sessions, not for individual presentations. If you are interested in participating in a session as a speaker and not the organizer, please contact Michelle Marquart.

Please circulate this announcement to your IPM colleagues.

The proposals should include the title, a proposed slate of speakers, and a 250-word abstract. Program sessions will be organized in ninety-minute time blocks. In addition to multiple speaker sessions, planners will also welcome proposals for discussion, roundtable, or question-and-answer formats on specific topics.

Visit for topic ideas and more details.

Contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium..