Upcoming EPA Webinar: Pests of Public Health Importance and the Role of IPM in Schools

Join US EPA on Tuesday, January 24 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT for a new webinar on pests of public health importance and the role of IPM in schools. Recent developments in pest-borne diseases, such as the emergence of Zika virus and spread of Lyme disease, signal the need to continually assess the threat of urban pests to public health. Illnesses carried by insects, rodents, and other pests affect all races, ethnicities, ages and cultures. Vector-borne illnesses are an ever-present threat and efforts to prevent them are critical to protecting public health.

We strive to keep our school playgrounds and outdoor environments free of pests. The control of vector-borne illnesses hinges on understanding the agent, how it becomes established in an ecosystem, and ultimately infects a susceptible host. Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including education, pest exclusion, sanitation, and other biological and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control. Join US EPA as they discuss the primary pests of public health concern, review control strategies, and describe tactics to reduce exposure in your school district.

Speakers include Richard Pollack, PhD, Pearl English, DNP, and Marcia Anderson, PhD. Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. Please click here for more information on this event.