Bed Bug World Domination: The Story So Far
April 17, 2015. A new book by Brooke Borel from the University of Chicago Press tells the fascinating story of the lovable arthropod that has stealthily crept into so many of our bedrooms (and so many of our hearts): the bed bug. Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World reviews the biological and cultural history of bed bugs and examines their astounding adaptability. Read NPR's feature on the book here.
New Bed Bug IPM Webinar for Primary Care Healthcare Providers
April 15, 2015. A new bed bug IPM webinar for health care professionals is now available online. The Pennsylvania IPM Program (PA IPM) and the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) partnered to create “Bed Bugs: A Healthy Homes and Integrated Pest Management Perspective for Primary Care Providers”. Targeted to nurses as well as other medical professionals, the webinar is eligible for one prescribed Continuing Medical Education credit (CME) through the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Watch it here.
EPA Recognizes Healthy Schools Day with a Nod to School IPM
April 7, 2015. Today is National Healthy School's Day and the EPA is spreading the word about the importance of School IPM in protecting children's health. The EPA is emphasizing that IPM is a smart, sensible and sustainable approach to pest control that focuses on addressing the underlying issues that make schools attractive to pests. Read about the EPA's School IPM efforts and resources here.
2015 Excellence in IPM Award from NY State IPM
March 26, 2015. Allison Taisey is awarded with the 2015 Excellence in IPM Award from the New York State IPM Program at Cornell University for outstanding leadership in classroom outreach on IPM Topics. Taisey leads NYS IPM's “What's Bugging You” and “FAQs for Bed Bugs” programs which have claimed great success. More.
Report on Impact of Oregon School IPM Law
March 20, 2015. In 2012, Oregon implemented a law emphasizing use of prevention, non-chemical methods of pest control for school and childcare centers. Three years later, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides released a special report, reflecting on the changes that this law has already resulted in. The report titled, “Oregon Schools are Reducing Pesticides!, An Analysis of Integrated Pest Management Legislation”, provides insight into the impacts which can already be seen across the state, and recommendations for policy makers going forward. More.
Northeastern IPM Center 2015 Grant Recipients Announced
March 18, 2015. Through USDA NIFA Funds, the Northeastern IPM Center has awarded over $43,000 for three communications projects, $140,000 to five working groups and $216,000 to five regional research projects. The full lists of grant applicants and project descriptions are available on the Northeastern IPM Center's website. More.
Laurel Wilt Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended to May 1st
April 16, 2015. The Conference on Laurel Wilt Disease and Natural Ecosystems will be held June 16-18, 2015 in Coral Springs, Florida. Laurel wilt is one of the most damaging invasive exotic tree diseases to affect forests in North America. Current estimates show hundreds of millions of trees have died, with multiple significant radiating effects on ecosystem structure and functions, endangered species and cultural impacts. This conference provides a timely opportunity for the research community, agencies, and land and natural resource managers to gather and address this rapidly expanding threat. Early bird registration for the event has been extended to May 1st; register today to get the discounted rate, as space is limited. Register.
70th SWCS International Annual Conference Preliminary Program Now Available
April 15, 2015. The Soil and Water Conservation Society's 70th International Annual Conference is scheduled for July 26-29, 2015 in Greensboro, NC. The conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The preliminary program for the conference has just been released and is available here.
MSU Extension Holding Weekly IPM Meetings for Fruit Growers Starting April 13
April 9, 2015. Starting Monday, April 13 and running through June, Michigan State University Extension will be holding free IPM meetings for fruit growers at Bjorge's Fruit Acres Farm, south of Coloma, in southwest Michigan. The meetings will be attended by tree fruit, grape and blueberry growers as well as area crop consultants. Current crop conditions in the region will be reviewed along with any upcoming concerns in fruit production related to weather forecasts, crop development and emerging insect and disease issues. More.
April 2015 Edition of Western IPM Center E-Newsletter Now Available
April 7, 2015. The latest issue of the Western Front, the Western IPM Center's e-newsletter, is now available online. Topics covered in this issue include WSU IPM hero Carrie Foss, EPA updates on neonicotinoids and bee health, current grant opportunities and a batch of new evaluation modules for the IPM Assessment Toolkit. Read online here.
New EPA Indoor Air Quality Webinar for Smart, Sensible Pest Management in Schools: Thursday, April 16
March 27, 2015. The latest installment in the Indoor Air Quality webinar series is now open for registration. Entitled "Smart, Sensible Pest Management in Your School," it will take place on Thursday April 16 from 1-2 PM EDT and is presented by the EPA and the School Health and Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD) Network. Learn tips for improving asthma and health outcomes, managing pests through proven least-risk methods, and establishing or improving an IPM plan for your school. Register.
Spring Edition of PA IPM School IPM Newsletter Published
March 23, 2015. The spring edition of Penn State Extension's School IPM Newsletter has been published. This issue covers common spring pests, animals in schools and the associated health considerations, and the EPA's new Safer Choice product label. More.