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IPM and Catholic Schools Association Sign Agreenment
Macau Daily Times -
24 Dec. "The Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) and the Association of the Catholic Schools of Macau have signed an agreement to enhance their relations, particularly by providing further language-training opportunities to middle school teachers."

Have a Pest Free Holiday Season
ABC News - 15 Dec. "
Area Exterminators say during the holiday season it's common to find more rodents and insects inside your home.The holiday season will be much more enjoyable if you don't find one of these pests inside your home.   Workers with Arrow Exterminators say it's common for rodents and insects to invade homes this time of year."

IPM Academy Set for Feb. 18-19
Farmers Advance -- 11 Dec. "Looking for an opportunity to brush up on your pest management skills? Register for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy, slated for Feb. 18?19 at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos, Mich."

New Pest Forms Must Be Filled Out or Schools Could See Fines
The Southern Illinoisan --25 Nov. "To protect children in day care centers and schools from pests such as cockroaches, spiders and rodents, as well as from unnecessary applications of pesticides, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding schools and day care centers they could be fined if they do not comply with the state’s Integrated Pest Management regulations."

Illinois Ramps Up Effort to Enforce Pesticide Restrictions in Public Schools
E News Park Forest -- 20 Nov. "Illinois public health officials say that more than 200 Illinois schools and day care centers have failed to comply with the most basic of the state’s pest management regulations, and for the first time could face fines if they do not comply."

Bed Bug Sniffing Dog
WKEF ABC 22 -- 22 August. "The only bug we do is bed bugs and we are going 7 days a week 10 to 12 hours a day," said Jim Ross. Lizzie and Ross go to hotels and businesses to detect the start of an infestation. They use a white paper to look for fecal matter and parts of their ...

Dog bowl and household items make for a better bed bug trap
Los Angeles Times -- 7 August. “The carbon dioxide makes them excited,” said Wang, who has breathed on lethargic bed bugs many times in his laboratory. “It looks like they are sleeping, they are motionless. But once you breathe, you gently breathe, you can watch: They move suddenly.

Bedbugs Lured To Their Doom: New Trap Design Proves More Effective In Study
International Business Times -- 6 Agust. Spotting the early signs of bed bugs is one of the best ways to nip an infestation in the bud. There are a variety of methods to pick out bedbugs before they can become obvious: specially trained dogs that can sniff them out, gas chromatography to ...

Checking for Bed Bugs: A New Back-to-School Routine? Journal Sentinel Online -- 6 August 2013.(BPT) - As parents and students prepare to begin another school year, one back-to-school routine they may have to add to their duties is checking backpacks, school items and clothing for bed bugs. Communities across the country have seen an increased number of bed bug infestations in recent years. As these pests infiltrate more homes, they’re hitching rides on backpacks, clothing, books and other items to make their way into schools.

Rats, Roaches, Bedbugs: Tenants Hailed for Standing up in Federal Court to Detail Awful Living Conditions Under McLaughlin Chelsea Massachusets Newspaper -- 1 August 2013. For the past 16 years, Jean Fulco has lived in Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) properties – virtually every one of them, she said – and put up with roaches, no heat, no hot water and units falling apart on top of her.

District Pits Good Bugs Against Bad Eagle Valley NEws-- 31 July 2013. When it comes to controlling local pest populations, Kayleena Taylor prefers to fight fire with fire or, more specifically, bugs with bugs. Recently Taylor, a gardener and integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with the District of Sicamous’ public works department, released hundreds of  ladybugs throughout the community. These “beneficial bugs” she says will target less desirable insects including aphids, or plant lice, and other “bad bugs” that are destructive to plant life.

Bed Bug Infestation at Goodwill Warehouses NBC Bay Area-- 31 July 2013.Earlier this month, Terminix reported bed bug complaint calls were up dramatically this year in cities across the country–54 percent in Sacramento, 53 percent in Milwaukee, 50 percent in Las Vegas, 47 percent in Columbus, 46 percent in Baltimore, 41 percent in San Bernardino, and 40 percent in St. Louis.

Annual Cockroach Control Issue Baiting for Success Pest Control Technology-- 30 July 2013. Which urban pest is the most difficult to control? Most PMPs say ants. But the answer to this question has shifted completely over the past 20 years — from cockroaches to ants. Today, few people consider the German cockroach a difficult pest to manage. What made the change is the invention of highly effective baits, in particular, gel baits. Then, the question is, why is the German cockroach still common in urban areas?

Highly Hazardous Pesticides Should be Phased Out in Developing Countries Thomas Reuters Foundation-- 30 July 2013. ROME--The tragic incident in Bihar, India, where 23 school children died after eating a school meal contaminated with monocrotophos, is an important reminder to speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from markets in developing countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.Monocrotophos is an organophosphorus pesticide that is considered highly hazardous by FAO and the World Health Organization.

Travelers Having Dramatic Impact Spreading Bed Bugs The Journal News-- 29 July 2013. There has been a plethora of unwanted donations at several Goodwill facilities in the Bay Area: Bed bugs. The scare prompted Goodwill Industries to shut down two Bay Area warehouses, one of which was being inspected for extermination on Wednesday morning.

The Real Dirt: Appropriate Pesticide use in American Gardens ChicoER-- 26 July 2013. The University of California recommends the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to control garden pests. The goal of IPM is to use the least harmful control method(s) that will be effective in managing a particular pest. Depending on the pest, these methods include one or more of the following: cultural controls, biological controls, mechanical and physical controls and chemical controls (pesticides). When using IPM, it is recommended that gardeners resort to the use of pesticides only as a last resort, after other control methods have been tried and found wanting.

Salvation Army Gets Creative in Bed Bug Battle 8 New Now-- 24 July 2013.LAS VEGAS -- Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on blood while people sleep, and they are taking over Salvation Army shelters. The Salvation Army says many people they serve come off the streets or shoddy motels with insects in their belongings. Now, the charity has a unique way to fight back. The Salvation Army said they had to get creative because the problem became so bad. According to the charity, some rooms at its shelter were sprayed five or six times in an effort to stop the bugs.

Bed Bugs Invade Archibald Rutledge Go Updates.com-- 24 July 2013. DENISON, TX -- Cities nationwide are seeing an rise in bed bug cases and experts say they are creeping and crawling into Texoma as well. Earlier this month Terminix listed cities with the highest increase in bed bug activity within the past year and the Dallas/Fort Worth area made the list with a 25 percent increase. By the thousands these creepy crawlers have been infesting homes, apartments and even hotels here in Texoma, that is according to Roy Reed -- owner of Reed's Exterminating Company.

IPM Calls for Several Steps to Eliminate Bed Bugs, Not Just Pesticides. Michigan State University Extension-- 23 July 2013.When a bed bug infestation is initially discovered, the first reaction for many is to reach for a can of pesticide spray. Unfortunately, without careful planning this approach is not effective and can pose unnecessary health risks.Fortunately, there is a better approach to dealing with bed bugs and other pests. Michigan State University Extension recommends Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. According to the Michigan Manual for the Prevention of Bed Bugs, an IPM approach “uses all possible control methods in a logical combination to minimize the risk of pesticide exposure, safeguard the environment, and maximize effectiveness.” Pesticide use is just one possible component of an IPM plan, and it is never the first step. Several critical actions need to take place before pesticides are applied.

Bed Bugs Jumping in Numbers in Texoma News 12-- 22 July 2013. -- Spartanburg Housing Authority is working to eradicate bed bugs from several Archibald Rutledge units, but the high-rise won’t be completely rid of the pesky bugs until mid-August. Daryl Dalton, SHA housing operations manager, said Gregory Pest Control used canines that are trained to detect bed bugs — similar to the way dogs are used to detect drugs — to cover the 150-unit apartment complex.

Avoiding Bed Bugs on Vacation thetimes-tribune.com12-- 21 July 2013. -- Reservations are made, the suitcases are packed, and so is the car. Anticipation fills the mind with thoughts of rest, relaxation and soon-to-be-made memories.Whether you are traveling far or only a tankful of gas away, you will finally enjoy the summer vacation. It seems it is over too fast. You will bring back a beachful of sand in your bathing suits, sunburns, souvenir T-shirts and some photographs.

See a Rat, Don't Get a Cat, Do This Instead Wicked Local-- 19 July 2013. Belmont, Mass. — But first a bit of background, rats and mice in our environment are a fact of life. The Health Department has been getting more than the “usual” number of calls concerning rats, mice and associated four legged pests this spring and summer.

EPA Solicits School IPM Grant Proposals Pest Control Technology-- 19 July 2013. WASHINGTON-- The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for new School IPM assistance agreements for projects that further the implementation of verifiable IPM in and around the nation’s public and tribal schools. The total amount available will be $700,000, and the Agency anticipates funding approximately three projects, primarily as cooperative agreements, with a maximum funding level of $250,000 per project.

Bed Bugs Evicted From Campus Residence Room Regina Leader-- Post21 June 2013. --
"On May 2, bed bugs were discovered in one student bedroom after that student moved out and that was on the fourth floor of College West," Tom Chase, U of R provost and vice-president (academic), said Tuesday. "That room was treated immediately by ...

EPA Helping to Remove Pests in Schools Colorado Springs Gazette --- 8 June 2013. ---
We want schools to be the healthiest place they can be, not just for the kids, but for the teachers and all the people who work there," said Young, who coordinates the Integrated Pest Management program statewide. In addition to the educational system ...

NC Passes Schoolchildren's Health Act, Gov Expected to Sign General Assembly of North Carolina -- -- 7 June 2013. -- National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Specifically, the legislation directs schools to do the following: *Adopt a recommended model Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in order to reduce ...

Back Off Pesticides, Parents Plead With School District Patch.com -- 7 June 2013.
According to the Contra Costa Times, a group of parents wants to see the the district use the least amount of toxic chemicals possible to control pests at the school sites. Their concerns stem from the fact that young people are more vunerable to the ...

Parents want Martinez school district to reduce pesticide use Contracostatimes.com. -- 13 May 2013. MARTINEZ -- A group of concerned parents is urging the Martinez Unified School District to limit the use of potentially harmful pesticides on landscaping and inside classrooms. The parents want the school board to adopt an integrated pest management plan, calling for the least toxic methods possible to control weeds, insects and vermin. For example, rather than spraying chemicals, maintenance staff could remove dandelions by hand.
"As a parent, I do what I can to make sure we make healthy and safe choices at home," said Wendy Ke, whose daughter is in kindergarten at John Swett Elementary. "I wanted to make sure the district is making good choices."

Norfolk school battles bed bugs Wavy.com. -- 10 May 2013. NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -- Some local parents are trying to figure out how bed bugs ended up in their child's school. While Norfolk Public Schools hasn't confirmed an infestation of bed bugs at Lake Taylor Middle School, parents contacted WAVY.com saying they'd received letters and phone calls starting on Friday, May 3 from the school about the problem. "I'm trying to think how did they get there? What kid or adult brought the bed bugs there?," parent Annette Kenion said, whose daughter is an eighth grader at Lake Taylor. "They said they had an exterminator out there and they were inspecting. I thought with them doing that it's helping kill the bed bugs.

"Bedbugs at two Trenton schools spark concerns among students, parents NJ.com. -- 10 May 2013. NEW JERSEY -- Bedbugs have been spotted at two city schools in recent weeks, sparking fear of infestations. Trenton Central High School West sent out a letter to parents last Friday alerting them one bedbug had been found at the school. Everett Collins, the school district’s building and grounds executive director, said several of the blood-sucking bugs were also discovered at P.J. Hill Elementary School recently.

House passes state agency IPM bill. Capitalpress.com. 29 April 2013. SALEM -- The Oregon House has passed a bill to facilitate adoption of integrated pest management strategies by state agencies. House Bill 3364 creates a committee to oversee implementation of IPM on state and university grounds and amends the state's existing definition of IPM. The bill's provisions do not extend to commercial or private pesticide applications. In a floor speech, the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, said the bill "makes sure that we are protecting commodity crops, ecosystems, water quality and public health."

Schools keeping an eye out for lice. Fosters.com. 21 April 2013. ROCHESTER — Vigilance at home is the best way of addressing head lice, a pesky nuisance that is on the radar at local elementary schools. While lice are inarguably a nuisance, they are not considered a communicable or infectious disease, according to Chris Adamski, bureau chief of infectious disease control for the Department of Health and Human Services. “Head lice are not known to spread disease, but they are a pest,” said Adamski. “It's an annoyance for sure.”

Taylor: High school sprayed for bed bugs; none found by pest company. 10 April 2013. TAYLOR — While students were off for spring break, Kennedy High School was treated for bedbugs. On March 30, the district brought in Noble Pest Control, which sprayed for the pests throughout the school. No bedbugs were found inside the building by the company, school Supt. Diane Allen said. Despite not finding any, the spraying was ordered as a precaution anyway, after one bedbug each was found March 25 and 27 in different rooms.

Taylor: Another bedbug found at Kennedy High School. Thenewsherald.com. 31 March 2013. TAYLOR — A second bedbug was found at Kennedy High School on Wednesday, causing some parents to start spring break early. Some students were kept home by parents wary of their teens possibly bringing a hitchhiking pest home with them.

Bed bugs found at Taylor Kennedy High School. Clickondetroit.com. 27 March 2013. TAYLOR, Mich. - Taylor's Kennedy High School is facing the same bed bugs problem that a Taylor elementary school faced just two weeks ago, and classes still are in session. High school administrators sent parents a letter Wednesday about the problem, which read in part, "Bed bugs were discovered in the classroom today at Kennedy. Once the bugs were discovered, the students were moved to another room and that affected room has been quarantined."

Rats cause Plant City High kitchen to close. Tampabay.com. 26 March 2013. PLANT CITY — The Raiders have rats in the kitchen, and maybe elsewhere in Plant City High School. Hillsborough schools officials say the school's kitchen was shut this week so a pest control company could deal with the scurrying creatures. Steve Hegarty, a district spokesman, said he wasn't sure about the problem's extent or when exactly it surfaced, but according to a Plant City High student, rats have been running around for years.

Canines detect possibility of bedbugs in Mu hall, four students relocated. Usforacle.com. 25 March 2013. Marly Difruscio , a freshman majoring in creative writing, said she kept waking up in her bed with what she described as red, itchy bites. However, between January and March, she wasn't sure if it was a rash from an allergic reaction or something else. “I'll get a good six or seven (bites) a night,” she said. “It looks like a mosquito bite. It's red but it lasts a lot longer and turns into bruises.  They itch really bad.”

Bed bugs in Baylor dorm room force evacuation of 2 students. Wacotrib.com. 21 March 2013. Two Baylor University students were displaced from their dorm room this week because of a bedbug infestation. Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said university officials confirmed the infestation, which was isolated to one dorm room in South Russell Hall.

Bed bugs reported in 2 Live Oak schools. Suwanneedemocrat.com. 21 March 2013. Live Oak — Bed bugs have been reported in three classrooms in two separate Live Oak grade schools, according to school officials. The “very mild introduction” of the pest was identified in one classroom at Suwannee Elementary School and two classrooms at Suwannee Primary School, according to Director of Student Services, Elizabeth Simpson.

Bedbugs found at Oak Street Elementary School in Lakewood. App.com. 15 March 2013. LAKEWOOD — Specially trained dogs are being used tonight to sniff out bedbugs at Oak Street Elementary School, where officials have been alerted to a report of the pests, said Carl Fink, president of the Board of Education. Two dogs, trained to detect the presence of bedbugs, will start the search at about 10 p.m. The search will be followed by a process that will eradicate the pests, Fink said.

No Backpacks at Downriver School After Bedbugs Found. Detroit.cbslocal.com. 15 March 2013. A metro Detroit elementary school is asking students to leave their backpacks at home after bedbugs were found in the school. Parents of students at Bernice McDowell Elementary School in Taylor received a note earlier this week that bedbugs were found inside the school and inside a textbook.

Taylor school bans backpacks after bedbugs found. Freep.com. 15 March 2013. A suburban Detroit elementary school is asking students to leave their backpacks at home after bedbugs were found in the school. WDIV-TV reports parents of students at Bernice McDowell Elementary School in Taylor received a note about the bedbugs on Wednesday. In the note, principal Lynne Borg said officials don't know where the bedbugs came from, but they're taking precautions.

3rd Portsmouth school confirms bed bugs. Wvec.com. 8 March 2013. PORTSMOUTH-- A third Portsmouth school is dealing with bed bugs. According to the school division, there was a bed bug found at Churchland High School on a student Wednesday afternoon around dismissal time.

Bed bugs found at Portsmouth school. Fox43tv.com. 8 March 2013. PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The bed bug war at Churchland High School claimed its first victims Friday. Several students say they got sent home from school because they wouldn't take off or tuck in the hood of their hooded sweatshirts. School officials confirmed bed bugs were found at the Portsmouth school this week.

Farm Field Schools for Educating Farmers on Judicious use of Pesticides. Pib.nic.in. 8 March 2013. The Government of India is implementing a Central Sector Scheme “Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level” under which samples of various food commodities including rice, wheat, vegetables, fruits and water are analyzed for the presence of pesticides residues. The pesticide residue data generated under the scheme are shared with State Governments and concerned Ministries/Organizations to initiate the corrective action for judicious and proper use of pesticides on crops with an Integrated Pest Management approach and to generate awareness amongst farmers.

More bed bugs show up in Virginia School. Nbc12.com. 8 March 2013. RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - More bed bugs found at a Virginia school. The bed bugs were found in the library of a high school in Portsmouth this week. Students have been forced to bag their coats and backpacks. Just last month, parents contacted new outlets there when students started seeing their teachers show up to class wearing protective body suits.

McDowell Elementary School in Taylor to be fumigated for bugs. Wxyz.com. 6 March 2013. Amanda Booth is keeping a close eye on her son Tyler, looking for any sign that some creepy critters may have hitched themselves to him. She's very concerned after a teacher at McDowell Elementary School in Taylor found what they thought to be bed bugs in a classroom.

Taylor: Bed bugs found at elementary school. Thenewsherald.com. 6 March 2013. A parent is keeping her son out of school after learning bed bugs were found there. Amanda Booth said her son's first-grade teacher told her Monday that two bed bugs were found in a classroom at McDowell Elementary, 22929 Brest Road.

School Officials: Second Search Shows No Signs of Bed Bugs at Peekskill MS. Peekskill.patch.com. 28 February 2013. Peekskill school officials said a second search that was conducted by bedbug-sniffing dogs turned up negative Thursday evening. Bedbugs were found on a student at the Peekskill Middle School on Tuesday. After the discovery, school officials contacted pest control, brought in a bug-sniffing dogs and cleaned every area that was tagged by the dogs.

Bed bugs found in Peekskill Middle School still have parents worried. Westchester.news12.com. 27 February 2013. PEEKSKILL - Parents are worried after bed bugs were found in Peekskill Middle School yesterday. The school confirms that a student was carrying bed bugs. The district sent the student home and called in a pest control company that cleaned the school and declared it pest-free. Officials say that the pest control company will make continued periodic visits to ensure no more bed bugs are found.

Kankakee: Bed Bugs Surface at High School. Daily-journal.com. 15 February 2013. Bed bugs were found at Kankakee High School last week, but there's no reason to panic. An exterminator was called Feb. 8 and traps were set up in the school, said Colleen Legge, superintendent of Kankakee School District 111. Only four bugs have been found in the traps. Legge said students found bed bugs on their coats and reported it to the office. Exterminators have been back to the school throughout the week.

Teachers Suit Up Amid Bed Bug Scare. Wavy.com. 14 February 2013. PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Portsmouth high school students contacted WAVY.com when their teachers showed up to class wearing protective suits and asked students to place their belongings in plastic bags. Students at I.C. Norcom High School said this week, boxes labeled "Bed bug kits" appeared in their classrooms. They said their teachers started showing up in class wearing protective suits, but there were none for students, who were instead given plastic bags for their belongings.

Exterminator Finds No Bedbugs at Bradford School. Whiotv.com. 13 February 2013. BRADFORD, Ohio —Following a bedbug scare in the Bradord School, a licensed exterminator found no bedbugs during  an after-school inspection Tuesday afternoon  of the school facilities and school buses. A representative of Brown Pest Control stated in his report that proper procedures are being followed by school personnel.

Bed Bugs Detected at Portsmouth Schools. Wavy.com. 4 February 2013. PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Two Portsmouth schools were treated for bed bugs over the weekend following separate incidents. According to Director of Operations Nita Mensia-Joseph, a student at I.C. Norcom High School complained of being itchy during the school day Friday and went to the nurse's office to get checked out. The nurse found a bug on the student, which a pest management company identified as a bed bug. The school called parents Friday night and again on Monday alerting them of the situation. A letter also went home with students Monday.

Portsmouth Schools Treated After Bedbug Seen on Kids. Hamptonroads.com. 4 February 2013. I.C. Norcom High and Lakeview Elementary schools were treated this weekend after bedbugs were found on two students last week. The first insect was found Thursday as a student was boarding a bus from an after-school program at Lakeview, according to an email from Nita Mensia-Joseph, director of operations for Portsmouth public schools.

Two Portsmouth Schools Treated for Bed Bugs. Wvec.com. 4 February 2013. PORTSMOUTH-- Two schools were treated for bed bugs over the weekend after two were found on students Thursday and  Friday. After an inspection of I.C. Norcom High School and Lakeview Elementary, no bed bugs were found, according to Nita Mensia-Joseph, the Director of Operations for Portsmouth Public Schools. The treatment was done as a precaution.

Principal: Bed Bug Found at Middletown Elementary an Isolated Case. Middletown-ct.patch.com. 1 Februar 2013. Jon Romeo of Macdonough Elementary School used the Honeywell alert system and a written note home with students to alert parents that although the insect was found, pest control found no evidence of bugs. Parents of Macdonough Elementary School students learned Thursday afternoon that a single bed bug had been discovered in one of two kindergarten classrooms, through a note sent home with children and a Honeywell alert.

Auburn School District Takes Steps to Prevent Bedbugs. Auburnpub.com. 18 January 2013. The Auburn Enlarged City School District is taking steps to prevent a bedbug infestation after discovering a bedbug in the high school girls locker room. Superintendent Constance Evelyn said to call the lone bedbug an infestation would be a stretch. "It was a bedbug," she said. "Not two, not five. It was one."

Report Finds Children Across Maine at Risk from Pesticides. Enewspf.com. 10 January 2013. The public health and environmental non-profit, Toxics Action Center (TAC) released a report in December that surveys pesticide use on public school grounds across the state of Maine and urges policy change to stop spraying. The report, “ A Call for Safer School Grounds: A Survey of Pesticide Use on K-12 Public School Grounds in Maine ,” is based on a survey of 209 Maine public schools and shows that 51% of schools surveyed spray pesticides, many of which have been linked to human health impacts, including kidney disease and links to non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Medical Report Stirs New Momentum Toward Pesticide Legislation: New Jersey Poised to Pass Nation's Third Statewide Ban on Schoolground Spraying. Enewspf.com. 7 January 2013. This year, according to many key indicators, could finally be different. When the state of New York joined Connecticut in banning the applications of pesticides around schools and daycare centers statewide two years ago, SafeLawns and the anti-pesticide movement pushed for an avalanche of similar legislation. Stalled by the Republican waves that swept so-called pro-business factions into power in the 2010 elections nationwide, progressive efforts to protect children from pesticides from New Jersey to Maine and New Hampshire and beyond all failed.

Bill Seeks to Restrict Use of Pesticides on Playing Fields. Teaneck.patch.com. 23 December 2012. Proposed measure would put new restrictions on pesticide use on elementary school and childcare center playgrounds and fields. What it is: The proposed Safe Playing Field Act places new restrictions on the use of pesticides on elementary school and childcare center playgrounds and fields. Sponsored by state Sens. Shirley Turner (D-Mercer) and Robert Gordon (D-Bergen), the Senate Bill S-1143 was unanimously endorsed by the Senate environmental committee last week.

EPA Outlines IPM Goals for Schools. Greenindustrypros.com. 19 December 2012. Lisa P. Jackson, the current EPA Administrator, has made protecting children's health a top priority. As such, the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) has launched an initiative to achieve greater adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools.

John Sevier Wins EPA Award for Pest Management Program. Thedailytimes.com. December 2012. John Sevier Elementary School has turned in another award-winning performance.Dr. Karen Vail, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture urban entomologist, presented Principal Rick Wilson with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's IPM Innovator Award on Thursday afternoon. Vail accepted the award at the Seventh Annual International IPM Symposium, which was held March 27-29 in Memphis, on behalf of John Sevier and three other schools in Tennessee.

Bed Bugs Found at Local Middle School. Fox28.com. 6 December 2012. "While bed bugs like head lice or any other thing like that is a nuisance, it does not pose a health hazard." And that's why John Hutchings with Elkhart Community Schools says parents weren't notified of bed bugs found at Northside Middle School. "This appeared to be quite isolated, we think it was confined. Secondly, we really don't want to be causing undue alarm," says Hutchings.

Schools Coping with New Law. Lagrandeobserver.com. 30 November 2012. State mandate over pesticide application causing additional expense. The sight was surprising and alarming. About a month ago, people walking into the staff lounge at Greenwood Elementary School were greeted by nearly two dozen yellow jackets. The wasps, most of which were lethargic, had come in from an outside nest attached to the Greenwood building. The wasps were entering the lounge through a tiny opening in the building.  

EPA Releases Strategic Plan for School IPM. Pctonline.com. 20 Novemeber 2012. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its strategic plan for school IPM, detailing the Agency's role reducing pest and pesticide risks to children and staff. EPA has committed to creating a clearinghouse for existing tools and information, increasing demand for school IPM by working with state agencies, school-related professional associations and others, and creating a center of expertise for school IPM based in Dallas, Texas

SpecialNeeds Tutor Caught on Film Feeding Wild Rat Near School Kitchens. Dailymail.co.uk. 19 November 2012. A school tutor who is tasked with improving the behaviour of pupils has been caught on camera feeding a wild rat by the school kitchens. Paul Ashworth is now being investigated by the school for his own behaviour after parents complained after a video of the incident was posted on Facebook.

FMC Helps High Schools Stay Free of Fire Ants. Pctonline.com. 16 November 2012. PHILADELPHIA - FMC Professional Solutions recently helped five local high schools stay fire-ant-free after giving away several bags of its Talstar XTRA insecticide , the company announced. Each of the five schools won 10 bags of Talstar XTRA, featuring FMC's Verge technology, a new product that offers fast elimination of fire ant mounds and season-long protection, FMC said. 

Pesticide that Killed Two Girls Used at Schools in San Diego County. Cbs8.com. 16 November 2012. SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) -- A gopher-control pesticide that killed two little girls in Utah is being used on athletic fields all over San Diego County, according to permits filed with the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures. The chemical, aluminum phosphide, is also known as Fumitoxin and it is deadly because it gives off toxic gas.

Pest Control: Why the Bugs are Winning. Guardian.co.uk. 3 November 2012. The culprits smuggled themselves into Alison Burt's home, hidden ingeniously in a piano. By the time she finally tracked down the source of the infiltration, it was too late: she had already torn up the carpet and been forced to throw out some clothes. "Who'd have known you had to fumigate the damned piano?" she says, exasperated.

Urban IPM Materials Center. Ipm.msu.edu. 31 October 2012. The website contains a list of links to materials relevant to education efforts in urban communities on integrated pest management ( IPM ), illegal pesticide use, and pesticide safety. Most of these are free and/or available online.

Bed Bugs Found in Two Meade County Schools. Wdrb.com. 30 October 2012. BRANDENBURG, KY. (WDRB) -- Bed bugs have been found in two Meade County schools -- one of them actually on a student.  But the district says it's not the schools' fault. Parent Anna Medley says the bed bugs were, "On the students, in a folder, in the school system, it's just gross."  Another parent, Michelle Elmore says, "I've heard it's kind of hard even for the exterminators to get rid of them, so I hope it's not a problem for me."

Tulsa Public Schools Bed Bug Protocol. Tulsaschools.org. 30 October 2012. Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are usually active at night when people sleep. Bed bugs are usually not seen during daylight hours. Although bed bugs are becoming a very common problem that impacts our general quality of life, they are not known to transmit diseases. The home of any person can be infested by bed bugs, regardless of sex, race, or economic status. It is important to treat each child with discretion, dignity and respect when dealing with this issue.

Westerville City Schools Sets the Standard in Integrated Pest Management. 30 October 2012. Allen Wilson, representing the Westerville City School District, has partnered with Improving Kids' Environment (IKE), Indiana University, The Ohio State University (OSU), and the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) Indiana to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in schools throughout Indiana and Ohio. A two year United States Environmental Protection Agency grant has been procured by IKE with the grant funds to be equally shared between both states for school IPM implementation purposes. The project purpose is to establish IPM implementation in five different school districts.

Bed Bugs Force Local School to Close. Fox8.com. 26 October 2012. CLEVELAND — A school closing turned into a much bigger problem for some parents on Friday after bed bugs canceled classes. University of Cleveland Preparatory School on East 40th St. was shut down Friday after a few of the creepy critters were spotted roaming the halls. CEO of I Can Schools Marshall Emerson says a letter was sent home with students Thursday warning parents of the situation.

Bed Bugs Found in Two Meade County Schools. Wdrb.com. 26 October 2012. BRANDENBURG, KY. (WDRB) -- Bed bugs have been found in two Meade County schools -- one of them actually on a student.  But the district says it's not the schools' fault. Parent Anna Medley says the bed bugs were, "On the students, in a folder, in the school system, it's just gross."  Another parent, Michelle Elmore says, "I've heard it's kind of hard even for the exterminators to get rid of them, so I hope it's not a problem for me."

Parents Threaten to Keep Children Home in East Pennsboro School District Doesn't Treat for Bedbugs at West Creek Hills Elementary. Pennlive.com. 25 October 2012. Some parents of students at the West Creek Hills Elementary School are keeping their children out of the classroom unless the East Pennsboro School District treats for bedbugs. A letter was first sent to parents on Monday about a suspected but unconfirmed case of bedbugs being brought to the school on students’ belongings. Students from two classes were sent to the large group instruction room while a pest control company checked over the classrooms but found nothing, according to school officials.

Bedbugs Found in Elementary School Classroom. Kcrg.com. 24 October 2012. MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Some central Iowa elementary school students aren't expected back in class until their room is cleared of bedbugs. The Times-Republican in Marshalltown says students in one classroom at Hoglan Elementary School were sent home Tuesday.

Bedbugs Found in Iowa Elementary School Classroom. Qctimes.com. 24 October 2012. Some central Iowa elementary school students aren't expected back in class until their room is cleared of bedbugs. The Times-Republican in Marshalltown says students in one classroom at Hoglan Elementary School were sent home Tuesday.

Pajaro Valley School Leaders Ease Head Lice Rules. Mercurynews.com. 24 October 2012. WATSONVILLE -- Students with head lice will no longer be removed immediately from Pajaro Valley classrooms. Nor will school staff perform routine screenings. Before the head scratching starts, here's why. The state Department of Public Health no longer thinks such policies are necessary to control the spread of the pest. Before the school board's unanimous vote to change the policy, veteran school nurse Kathleen Kilpatrick said lice can be an "emotional topic" for all concerned.

Think Like a Pest Inside the "Bug House". Wbtv.com. 24 October 2012. CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Depending which study you read online, you're never more than ten feet away from a spider. You might be even closer than that. What you may not realize is that seeing a spider usually means more insects aren't far away. WBTV Consumer Reporter Kristen Miranda learned quite a bit about bugs when she became a bug inspector for the day at Rollins University. Rollins is the parent company of Orkin, the pest control people.

Parents: Kids Picked on Because of Bed Bug Scare. 10tv.com. 23 October 2012. WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio - Some Madison County parents say their kids are getting bullied and picked on for living in an apartment complex associated with a bed bug scare. Two families living in the Westchester Apartments in West Jefferson recently had their units treated for a bed bug problem. Students who live in the complex attend Norwood Elementary.

No Bedbugs Found in West Creek Hills Elementary Classrooms. Pennlive.com. 22 October 2012. The East Pennsboro School District closed off two classrooms this morning after hearing an unconfirmed report over the weekend that a bedbug might have been found on a student's belongings, according to spokeswoman Katie Gouldner. However, exterminators who inspected the classrooms found no sign of bedbugs, she said. As a precaution, school officials are sending home letters to parents with a fact sheet about bedbugs and pictures of what a bedbug bite looks like.

Delaware Students Outrage at Negligent Pesticide Policies. Enewspf.com. 19 October 2012. School is a place where children need a healthy body and a clear head in order to learn. Despite a successful trend toward nonchemical strategies, pesticides remain prevalent and are widely used today in universities, schools, and daycare facilities. Kelsey Crain, an undergraduate student at University of Delaware, first became aware of the issue when, “I noticed there was this weird rash on my legs which wasn't there before I was on The Green.”

Netherfield School Closed for Rat Contol Treatment. Bbc.co.uk. 19 October 2012. Netherfield Primary in Gedling will remain closed until 29 October. Poison has been laid down in the school by environmental health officers as a precaution, a county council spokesman said. Parents were asked to collect their children from the school on Thursday afternoon.

Nottinghamshire School Closes After Rat Found. Thisisnottingham.co.uk. 19 October 2012. A SCHOOL is closed today for the second successive day after a rat was found. Notts County Council has sent in its pest control team to Netherfield Primary School. It will now be shut until after half-term.

Pest Control Cleans up School After Rat Droppings Found in Lunches. Abclocal.go.com. 12 October 2012. Cleaning and pest control crews spent Friday at a Hirsch Metropolitan High School where several children became ill after eating lunches that likely had rat droppings in them. CPS confirmed that several students became ill after eating lunch at the South Side school on Wednesday. Officials say they took immediate steps to close the kitchen and are providing students with cold lunches until the problem is solved.

Pesticide Poisonings Spur Legislation Proposal in Utah. Enewspf.com. 12 October 2012. After reading several cases of pesticide poisonings throughout the state of Utah, State Senator Gene Davis (D-Utah), has announced plans to sponsor legislation that requires notification when nearby homes are being treated with toxic pesticides. Pre-notification is a critical step in the right direction to allow people to avoid unwanted chemical exposures. Utah's current pesticide notification system is voluntary. While pesticide applicators are required to alert their customers of the dangers associated with certain pesticides they apply, residents are not required currently to notify their neighbors when they apply pesticides around their home.

Pesticides Harm Kids' Health and Intelligence, Study Finds. News.newamericamedia.org. 11 October 2012. Exposure to pesticides is one key reason why children today are more likely to have a wide range of such diseases and disorders as cancer, autism, birth defects and asthma than children of a generation ago, according a study released yesterday. ‘We have waited much, much too long to make the health of our children our national priority,” lamented Kristin Schafer, a mother of two, and lead author of the report, “ A Generation in Jeopardy ,” by the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA).

A Generation in Jeopardy. Panna.org. October 2012. Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Our assessment of the latest science leaves little room for doubt: pesticides are one key driver of this sobering trend. As the recent President’s Cancer Panel reports, we have been “grossly underestimating” the contribution of environmental contamination to disease, and the policies meant to protect us have fallen far short. Nearly 20 years ago, scientists at the National Research Council called for swift action to protect young and growing bodies from pesticides.1 Yet today, U.S. children continue to be exposed to pesticides that are known to be harmful in places they live, learn and play. This report reviews dozens of recent studies that examine the impact of pesticides on children’s health.

School Board Battles Bedbugs at Hillcrest Elementary. Thespec.com. 11 October 2012. School has been in for just over a month and Hamilton's public board is already dealing with a bedbug issue. A live bug was found in one of the primary classrooms at Hillcrest elementary on Eastwood Street, confirmed Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board spokesperson Jackie Penman after a copy of a letter to Hillcrest parents was sent to The Spectator.

2 Lawrence Schools Notified About Poor Pest Control in Cafeteria Inspections. Ljworld.com. 5 October 2012. It's the stuff of school cafeteria folklore and rumor: Creatures and critters scurrying about in the kitchen, looking to spoil a student's lunch. But sometimes, it's true. Two Lawrence schools were recently cited by the Kansas Department of Agriculture for poor pest control, after roaches and mouse droppings were discovered during routine inspections.

PPMA Invites Pest Professionals to Involved SChools in PSA Contest. Pctonline.com. 5 October 2012. The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has announced the fourth annual ‘Pest PSA Contest' on its educational children's website, PestWorldForKids.org. The national contest challenges students in grades 4 through 8 to create their own educational television public service announcement (PSA) that highlights the health and property risks posed by common household pests such as rodents, ants, termites, cockroaches, stinging insects and bed bugs.

Proposed Rulemaking in Maine Undermines Comprehensive School Pesticide Reform. Enewspf.com. 5 October 2012. Over the last few months, heated debate over toxic pesticide use in school buildings and grounds have dominated discussion in Maine. Unfortunately, new amendments to Maine's school pesticide legislation make no mention of safer, preventive pest management practices, or the use of least-toxic pesticides only as a last resort, setting back efforts to reform pesticide legislation for schools in Maine. Should these new amendments be approved, students in Maine will not receive the same protections as students in other states that have been eliminating unnecessary pesticide use by adopting pest prevention practices and using least-toxic pesticides as the last resort.

Morach Regulatory Initiates IPM Scholarship Fund. Pctonline.com. 3 October 2012.ATLANTA, Ga. — Morach Regulatory and IPM Products announced the establishment of the Morach IPM Scholarship fund for IPM students. According to Dr. Mohamed Rachadi, vice president of sales and marketing, “The Morach IPM scholarship will be awarded annually to students engaged in the study and practice of Integrated Pest Management."

Exterminator: Genesee District Library Pest Infestation Comes Amid Five-year High for Fleas. Mlive.com. 30 September 2012. A flea infestation at some libraries comes as the area experiences a high population for fleas this year. A local exterminator said he's gotten more calls about fleas this summer and fall than in the last five years. It could be a symptom of the pests building an immunity to the high volume of over-the-counter pesticides, said Roger Atchley, owner of Phoenix Pest Services in Fenton.

Gopher Problems Abound at Dixie Schools. Sanrafael.partch.com. 29 September 2012. While the quality and maintenance of all the Dixie School District's campuses were highly ranked in a recent report, some furry critters on the fields are throwing off the numbers. Each of the four schools in the district were given a 100 percent in all inspections, except for pest/vermin infestation due to gophers burrowing in their fields, according to a report presented to the district at their Sept. 11 meeting. "It sounds a lot worse than it is," said Robert Marical, business manager for the district. "We did find gophers in our fields, which is not unusual for people in this area."

Florida School of Fumigation Scheduled. Pctonline.com. 27 September 2012. The 25th annual School of Structural Fumigation, hosted by the University of Florida, is scheduled for Nov. 12-16. The school is open to pest management professionals who are interested in learning more about structural fumigation to control pests such as drywood termites and bed bugs. “At Fumigation School, we cover the technical aspects of the fumigation process,” says Steve Niedzwiedzki, sales representative for Vikane gas fumigant and a fumigation school instructor for 15 years. “We talk about the current regulatory aspects of the industry, the different conditions they need to be aware of, equipment, vehicles and many other things that tie into their business. They also get to observe a fumigation and do some hands-on training. Basically, we try to make it challenging, intellectual and fun.”

Parents Say Snakes are at Their Children's School. Alabamas13.com. 20 September 2012. Some parents in Shelby County are upset over snakes and mold at Montevallo Elementary School. Parents met with the school system's deputy superintendent to discuss what's being done to fix the problems. Concerns will be addressed first thing Thursday morning, school leaders say. Alabama's 13 was told pest control workers and a teams of air quality experts will go to Montevallo Elementary to investigate the situation

Queen Legend Brian May: We Must Not Kill Foxes Lurking in School Grounds. Surreycomet.co.uk. 18 September 2012. Treating foxes as pests and racing greyhounds at Wimbledon dog track is “cruel” and “part of the dark ages”, according to former Queen guitarist-turned campaigner Brian May. The legendary rock god, who champions animal rights, paid a surprise visit to Lonesome Primary School in Mitcham last week to talk about humane ways of dealing with an ongoing problem of foxes coming into school grounds. After parents saw their children's clothes had fox droppings on them, a pest control company offered to cull the foxes.

Lice: Five Tips on Preventing and Treating the School-year Pest. Thestar.com. 17 September 2012. Lice. Just the word can start you scratching. And as the crawly brown bugs and sticky white nits become increasingly resistant to pesticides, it's becoming harder to vanquish them. “This problem is scary. You see your child scratching throughout the night, and if you see the product is not working, you feel yourself helpless,” says Nouman Salam. His 6-year-old daughter got lice and it took several stressful months of hopping from treatment to treatment to get rid of it.

Prenatal Exposure to Widely Used Pesticide Ingredient Linked to Childhood Cough. Enewsspf.com. 12 September 2012. Expectant mothers exposed to the pesticide additive piperonyl butoxide (PBO), widely used in synthetic prethroid insecticides and those ending in “thrin” (popular in mosquito spray programs), during pregnancy pass to their children a heightened risk of noninfectious cough at ages 5 and 6, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH). These findings support the premise that children's respiratory system is susceptible to damage from toxic exposures during the prenatal period.

Pest Control: Should I Give in and Spray? Blogs.trb.com. 11 Septemebr 2012. Despite my best efforts to keep it clean, my kitchen is being taken over by palmetto bugs. They manage to find the tiniest crumb I didn't sweep up. My 13-year-old is afraid to turn on the kitchen light at night, because a big bug is likely to scurry across the floor.

Drinking Water in Several Oregon Schools Found to be Contaminated with Multiple Pesticides. Enewspf.com. 10 September 2012. Traces of pesticides in drinking water were found in eleven rural elementary schools in Oregon, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released on August 30. The study shows a disturbing variety of pesticides that when combined could have dramatic impacts on the health of the children that consume this water on a daily basis. The study found traces of several different types of pesticides in the drinking water of Dixie and Fairplay, the elementary schools that service Corvallis, Oregon.

School Worker Sue Hill; Says Her Work With Pesticides Caused Her Cancer. Articles.courant.com. 10 September 2012. ROCKY HILL — A school district employee has filed a lawsuit against her job supervisor and the town, claiming that she developed colon cancer from prolonged exposure to pesticides she was illegally using in the high school greenhouses. The multicount complaint, filed in Superior Court in Hartford in July, charges that the pesticide use violated provisions of state law, which restrict their use to licensed applicators and forbid their application on school grounds during school hours.

School in Beechview Facing Another Bed Bug Problem. Pittsburgh.cbslocal.com. 7 September 2012. The Pittsburgh Beechwood PreK-5 school in Beechview will be treated with pesticides Saturday after school officials say they found a bed bug on a student recently. The same school underwent a pest management plan last April because of a similar bed bug problem. The mother of a second grade Beechwood student – who did not want to be identified – expressed anger, telling KDKA-TV: “I'm very upset. I have children that have a lot of health problems, and other issues, and we don't need no more.”

Mosquitoes, Ants and Bed Bugs the Top Pests for Back to School. Cartersville.patch.com. 7 September 2012. School is back in session and it is a hectic time for everyone trying to ensure a successful start to the academic year. Arrow Exterminators , a pest and termite control company that serves customers in several states and operates a Cartersville office, wants to make sure parents and teachers are aware of the potential for pest infestations both in and outside the classroom. Mosquitoes, ants and bed bugs are the top pests to be on the lookout for this back-to-school season

It's Time to Go Back to School! Pctonline.com. 31 August 2012. My employer, Arrow Exterminators in Atlanta, established an internship program two years ago. (See their photo below!) The main purpose of this program was to allow students (late high school and college) to experience all aspects of the pest control business. Why is this important? Because these students and their friends are our future employees and customers. We give them an “insider's view” of our business and a sense of the value we provide to society.

Common question: Can students use mosquito repellants at school? Ntxe-news.com. 29 August 2012. DALLAS – With Dallas officials having declared a state of emergency in regards to West Nile virus, Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel are being flooded with calls from area school integrated pest management coordinators seeking information to allay parents' and teachers' mosquito concerns once school starts.

Superintendent Welcomes 2012-2013 School Year. Summit.patch.com. 26 August 2012. Welcome to the 2012 - 2013 school year!  I would like to extend a special welcome to students and parents new to the Summit School community.  All schools will open for a full day of classes on Thursday, September 6th, 2012. Student Achievements I am pleased to share good news regarding the Class of 2012 and several district achievements. The Class of 2012 excelled academically, athletically, artistically, and in the area of community service.  The percentage of 262 graduates attending the most competitive colleges is the highest in the history of the district.

West Nile Virus Fears Prompt Diligence in Schools. Today.agrilife.org. 20 August 2012. DALLAS – With Dallas officials having declared a state of emergency in regards to West Nile virus, Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel are being flooded with calls from area school integrated pest management coordinators seeking information to allay parents' and teachers' mosquito concerns once school starts.

How to Ensure Your Child Has a Pest-Free School Year. Gonzalesinquirer.com. 18 August 2012. While you're thinking of class schedules and school shopping, you should also spend some time reviewing bed bug prevention tips , as these pests can find their way into the classroom often unbeknownst to their human hosts. Bed bugs in the U.S. continue to be a problem across the country, invading nearly every facet of people's lives. According to a 2011 study by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), one in five Americans has come into contact with bed bugs. These pests, which resemble thin apple seeds, feed on human blood and are incredibly difficult to eliminate. While they are not known to transmit disease, their bites can cause rashes and welts on those affected.

Bedbugs Found in a Sioux Falls School. Ksfy.com. 15 August 2012. As area schools are getting ready to welcome back students, one Sioux Falls school found some unwelcome guests, bed bugs. This week's incident at Axtell Park Middle school is not the first time the district has seen the creatures. Denise Patton of the Sioux Falls Health Department said "bedbugs were showing up periodically on backpacks, and on students a few months ago and that did prompt the city to spend a little bit extra time, seeking out ways to bring more resources to the school system."

Lapses Found in Northampton Schools' Toxins Use Plans; Update Promised. Gazettenet.com. 13 August 2012. NORTHAMPTON - The toxins being sprayed on the grounds of the city's public schools may surprise some people. That's because the herbicide Lesco Prosecutor is not listed on any of the schools' integrated pest management plans, a state-mandated record that includes a list of all pesticides and herbicides that will be used inside and outside of a school.

Pest Preventaion Basics. Thenewsstar.com. 10 August 2012. Nobody likes a pest, especially the creepy, crawly kind. But they exist, and, unfortunately, too many of us make it easy for pests to take up residence right alongside the family. To help you remember the most effective way to deal with pests, use this acronym -- INSPECT.

Top 10 Back to School Checklist. Dailymarkets.com. 2 August 2012. ATLANTA, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Back to school season is upon us, and if you are not careful, you may unknowingly invite pests into your new home, or transport pests from your parents' or friends' homes. Anything from bed bugs to rodents can reside where you do, because they are all looking for the basic necessities—food, water and shelter.

Pesticides in Air a Risk to Pregnant Women, Unborn Children. Enewspf.com. 25 July 2012. Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--July 25, 2012.  A Texas border study has found that air samples in the homes of pregnant Hispanic women contain multiple household pesticides that could harm fetuses and young children. The first study of its kind conducted by the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, finds traces of both household and agricultural pesticides that have been linked to disorders such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Concern Over Pesticides in Methacton School District. Timesherald.com. 22 July 2012. WORCESTER — A parent concerned over the use of pesticides, a broad term that also includes herbicides and fungicides, to treat the athletic fields in the Methacton School District hopes that the district and others across the state will reconsider the use of chemicals to treat the athletic fields.

Pesticide Opponents Speak Out at Listening Session. Whitefishbay.patch.com. 17 July 2012. One by one, concerned Whitefish Bay residents came forward to address the Village Board as part of a "listening session" Monday night, during which they pleaded against using pesticides in Whitefish Bay parks. This special meeting of the board was a forum for those pleas, following a particularly heated May meeting when the chamber was flooded with over 100 residents. This meeting drew about 40 residents, about a dozen of whom spoke to the board.

Parent Expresses Concern Over the Use of pesticides at Methacton Fields. Montgomerynews.com. 11 July 2012. A parent concerned over the use of pesticides, a broad term that also includes herbicides and fungicides, to treat the athletic fields in the Methacton School District hopes that the district and others across the state will reconsider the use of chemicals to treat the fields.

Notice: Pesticide Application. Chinookobserver.com. 10 July 2012. Ocean Beach School District will be applying herbicides to all of its District's grounds during the week of July 9th thru 13th of this year. The Ocean Beach School District currently uses pesticides in and around all landscape areas, parking areas, and athletic fields owned by the district. The pesticides currently used are herbicides to control vegetation. Practices are followed using the general document recommended by the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture for Integrated Pest Management. A licensed WSDA Public Applicator applies all pesticides.

State Regulations Alter Pest Control in Oregon Schools. Pctonline.com. 10 July 2012. EUGENE, Ore. – A new state law went into effect this month requiring Oregon schools try nonchemical methods for ridding pests from school grounds, The Register-Guard reports. The law requires schools to practice integrated pest management, which allows pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals to still be used, but as a last rather than first resort, the newspaper reported.

Schools Alter Critter Control: A Law Calls for New Methods to Deter Pests. Registerguard.com. 9 July 2012. The mouse at Shasta Middle School had a thing for the nacho sauce mix in the school kitchen. The enterprising mammal would chew a hole in the 10-pound plastic bag, eat its fill and skedaddle, essentially ruining the remaining 9.99 pounds, which the Bethel School District would then have to discard. In the old days — meaning before July 1 — the district could have put out bait traps to kill such intruders.

School Pesticide Policy is Different Than the Village's. Whitefishbay.partch.com, 7 July 2012. The policies over how public lands are cared for in the village can sometimes be complicated to understand. The village government controls Klode , part of Cahill and most other parks in the village, but the school district controls Armory Park and the Lydell community park. The district also provides natural turf maintenance at Buckley Park and the playing fields at Cahill.

Paretns Furious Over High School Rat Alert. Paisleydailyexpress.co.uk. 28 June 2012. SCHOOL bosses called in pest control experts yesterday after the building was invaded by RATS. Pupils at Gryffe High, in Houston, reported seeing the rodents inside and outside the school. And parents have accused Renfrewshire Council chiefs of waiting too long before calling in the exterminators

.Mary Cheh Aims to Protect People from Pesticides. Washingtonpost.com. 25 June 2012. First, D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) made it a bit easier for small animals to avoid a death sentence when they wander into a District residents' homes or back yards. Now, Cheh is asking council colleagues to make it bit harder to kill pesky bugs, arguing there should be more regulation of potentially harmful pesticides.

Integrated Pest Management Prevents Toxic Exposures at Oregon Schools. Thelundreport.org. 20 June 2012. Students aren't the only ones moving on to new things this summer. A new law takes effect next week that will help safeguard children's health by reducing pesticide use in Oregon's schools. The policy, which requires schools to develop "IPM" or Integrated Pest Management plans, aims to help schools avoid using toxic chemicals by preventing pest problems altogether.

Oregon Public Schools Limiting Pesticide Use as of July 1. Oregonlive.com, 19 June 2012. While most students are out of class for the summer, public schools, inside and out, will be getting a lot cleaner over the next few months. To comply with the July 1 deadline, all Oregon schools K-12 must reduce pesticide use by implementing an integrated pest management plan (IPM). IPM first looks at simpler control methods before resorting to any pesticides. The law, passed in 2009, is to focus on ways to limit use and provide a clean environment for children. The Oregon State University Extension Service and the Department of Human Services, are helping schools.

Surrey Elementary School Overrun with Mice: Parents. Ctvbc.ctv.ca, 29 May 2012. Parents are complaining that mice have taken over a Surrey elementary school, but the rodents are proving tricky to catch. Teachers have cancelled circle time and children are being told to stay off the floor because of the infestation at Mountainview Montessori, according to parents. Mother Adriana Calandra says the problem is out of control.

Schools to Get Lesson on Bedbugs. Northjersey.com, 25 May 2012. New Jersey education officials hope to fend off "big headaches" from a tiny source: bedbugs. The state has alerted district chiefs to a webinar titled "Bed Bugs Go to School." The 90-minute program promises to teach them how to develop a "bedbug action plan" and avoid litigation from the itchy pests.

Cockroaches Create Pest Control Conversation at Local School District. Tworiverstribune.com. Humboldt Termite and Pest Control say the beetle-like bug wasn't nesting on the Hoopa Elementary School campus, but a few were spotted. The two-inch members of the blattidae insect family pose a serious threat to human health.
According to planetcockroach.com, cockroaches are known to carry diseases like dysentery, typhoid and poliomyelitis, as well as gastroenteritis. Cockroaches can live just about anywhere; feces, rotting food, floor and wall crevices, under a pile of coats, in cabinets and more. Many of the substances they feed on are already contaminated, and as the cockroach moves from one location to another it can spread disease along the way.

Pesticides and Playing Fields. Myveronanj.com, 24 May 2012. Pesticides were used on Verona's Linn Drive playing fields earlier this month, and the Verona Town Council would like to know why. On Tuesday, May 8, elementary school student Nina Machnowski went to play soccer on the Linn Drive field and noticed the presence of pesticide flags. Nina's mom is Gloria Machnowski, a member of Verona's Environmental Commission (full disclosure: so am I) and Nina is very aware of environmental issues. She informed her coach that her parents do not allow her to play on pesticide-treated fields. Since the field flag did not identify which pesticides had been used, her father, Stephen Machnowski, called TruGreen, the contractor that had done the work.

More than 70 Bats Captured Inside Centerville Elementary School. Sltrib.com, 23 May, 2012. Stewart Elementary School is in the migratory flight path of bats, said Vonzaa Hewitt, the school's principal. But lately, the bats seemed to have been making a home inside the Centerville school. "We have removed approximately 70 to 75 bats from the school in about a month's time," said Jamie Stell, lead animal control officer for Davis County Animal Care and Control.

Asthma Cases Continue to Rise in U.S., Affecting Millions. Health.usnews.com, 15 May 2012. TUESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma continues to take its toll on Americans, with almost 19 million adults (8.2 percent) suffering from the disorder in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC analysis also found that more than 29 million (almost 13 percent) of adults have been diagnosed with the illness at some point in their lifetime.

Bed Bugs Back in School. Wnep.com, 11 May 2012. Bed bugs closed a school in Luzerne County Friday for the second time in a month. Officials with the Wyoming Area School District said an office at J.F.Kennedy Elementary School in Exeter must be retreated for bed bugs.

Officials: No Bed Bug Infestation At Bradley School. Valley.newhavenindependent.org, 8 May 2012. Update: The Bradley School was open for business Tuesday morning and the following message was sent to parents Monday night: “Dr. Knapton, Acting Superintendent, I'm calling to inform you of the recent implementation of our Integrated Pest Management Plan at Bradley School. Our outside contractor will be at Bradley School this evening to administer non-chemical pest management methods, such as baited traps and bug sniffing canines. Results will be gathered tomorrow morning by 7:00 a.m. All schools will open on schedule unless otherwise notified.”

Students Back at School After Evacuation for Bedbugs Led Them to Relocate at Nearby J.H.S. 118. Nydailynews.com, 3 May 2012. Students were allowed back in Pulse High School in East Tremont on Wednesday after bedbugs forced the evacuation of the school last week. Powerful chemicals used to exterminate the creepy crawlers at the leased building forced about 200 students to relocate to nearby Junior High School 118. “The chemical was so strong, we couldn't be in school,” senior Sheldon Nelson said the principal told students

.Pest Poison Tied to Brain Defects in Young Kids, Medpagetoday.com, 1 May 2012. A common insecticide may have an impact on the developing brain by irreversibly changing its structure, according to a case-control study of children. High exposure to the organophosphate chlorpyrifos was associated with enlargement of specific brain regions and disruption of normal gender differences in brain structures, Virginia A. Rauh, of the Columbia University Center for Children's Environmental Health in New York City, and colleagues found.

School Closed due to Bed Bugs. Wnep.com, 29 April 2012. An elementary school in Luzerne County will be closed Monday while an exterminator inspects the building for bed bugs. There will be no classes at JFK Elementary in Exeter on Monday. Teachers should report to Tenth Street Elementary. Friday, parents received a letter from the superintendent of the Wyoming Area School District, warning them of the outbreak. Officials are trying to determine where the bed bugs came from.

Kids at East New York Public School are Learning in Classroom Crawling with Bedbugs. Articles.nydailynews.com, 26 April 2012. Classrooms at an East New York public school crawling with bedbugs are still being used by children and teachers, the Daily News has learned. Fifth and sixth graders at PS 224 on Wortman Ave. have been using the three classrooms since the bugs were spotted in February. “It's bad. The whole building has it but they aren't doing anything about it,” said East New York mom Malika Bryant.

School District of Lancaster Middle School addresses Bedbug Problem. Lancasteronline.com, 26 April 2012. Bedbugs have been discovered at a Lancaster city middle school. School District of Lancaster on Wednesday notified parents of Reynolds Middle School students that the insects had been found in "isolated areas" of the school. SDL spokeswoman Kelly Burkholder said one bedbug was found on a Reynolds student April 17. The school nurse examined the boy, and the district's facilities department did a walk-through of the school that evening.

Cape Girardeau Junior High School officials seeing an increase in number of mice. Semissourian.com, 25 April 2012. Cape Girardeau Junior High School students are reporting they've had some unwelcome guests recently."We're doing the best we can to try to ward them off," said Neil Glass, the Cape Girardeau School District's administrative services director in charge of facilities. School administrators said they aren't sure exactly why there seems to be an increased number of mice running about the school this year, but they are trying to take care of the problem.

Bed Bug Discovered in New Lebanon School. Newstalkradiowhio.com, 24 April 2012. NEW LEBANON, Ohio —Extermination efforts were under way in a New Lebanon middle school on Tuesday after one bed bug was discovered in a computer lab the day before. The lab at Dixie Middle School is expected to be open today after the extermination, which was set to take place following the middle school's dismissal on Tuesday. Superintendent Barbara Curry said the district took every precaution after the single bed bug was found. 

Michigan Pest Control Firm Gives Away Cockroaches to Elementary School Science Classes. Therepublic.com, 20 April 2012. TROY , Mich. — More than 1,000 Madagascar hissing cockroaches will be given to elementary schools and children's organizations in Michigan , Ohio and Indiana to increase interest in science and promote entomology. Rose Pest Solutions in Troy , north of Detroit, says the cockroach giveaway includes live insects, plastic habitats and care instructions and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bed Bugs Found on School Campus. Click2houston.com, 19 April 2012. HOUSTON - The Spring Branch Independent School District is letting parents know that bed bugs were found on one of its campuses. The bugs were found at Hollibrook Elementary School. A teacher spotted the bugs and asked for a pest inspection. That inspection did prove there were bed bugs in a classroom.

Bloomingdale Council Members Aski, Who Will Cut the Grass? Northjersey.com, 19 April 2012. Though the Borough Council approved having John's Lawn Service clip the grass at the Walter T. Bergen School and Martha B. Day School for one month, some council members maintained that the Borough Department of Public Works (DPW) should be cutting the lawn. Discussion on John's Lawn Service cutting the grass appeared to raise the ire of Councilwoman Jo-Ann Pituch, who was under the impression the DPW would be doing the work. Pituch noted that some DPW employees purchased books in October for courses that would provide them with the necessary training in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that would allow them to perform this task.

Center Awarded for Safer, More Sustainable Pest Management. Uanews.org, 17 April 2012. For its leadership role in making pest control more ecologically friendly and less dangerous to human health, the Arizona Pest Management Center at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been awarded the Gold Tier Shining Star Award by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cuyahoga County Council Approves Anti-Peticide Legislation. Pctonline.com, 16 April 2012. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County Council has limited the use of chemical pesticides and weedkillers on county property. The restrictions - which Council passed Tuesday - will apply to the county's 66 buildings, their lawns and the wide swaths of open space at Whiskey Island and the Cuyahoga County Airport

.Bedbugs Take a Bite out of School's Plan. Star-telegram.com, 11 April 2012. Bedbugs took an unwelcome bite out of plans for Burleson fifth grade students to have overnight field trips at Camp Carter this spring. Burleson School Superintendent Richard Crummel said the field trips have been postponed pending the outcome of testing and treatment for bedbugs. The YMCA, which operates Camp Carter, notified the district last week that bedbugs were found in one cabin. "We were concerned about the health and safety of our students," Crummel said. "The school principals will make the final decision on whether the trips will take place," he said.

Loveland Schools Recognized by Environmental Protection Agency. Reporterherald.com, 10 April 2012. The Thompson School District was one of five in the state recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to healthy schools through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The EPA presented its 2012 Pest Wise Awards at the 7th international IPM Symposium in Memphis, Tenn. in March. Only 24 school districts nationwide were recognized. Other Colorado districts were Denver Public Schools, Boulder Valley School District, St. Vrain School District and Sterling School District.

Bed Bugs Found in Beechwood Elementary School. Wtae.com, 2 April 2012. PITTSBURGH -- Beechwood Elementary School parents have been told that bed bugs were found inside the school on Friday. "We recently found bed bugs in a Pittsburgh Beechwood classroom and have implemented an integrated pest management plan of the area where the bed bugs were found and the entire school facility," said a phone message that was sent by Pittsburgh Public Schools. The PreK-5 school in Beechview got the "all clear" on Tuesday, following what the school district described as a minor infestation.

Children at Risk From Pesticides, School Bans Debated. Huffingtonpost.com, 27 March 2012. When they started feeling woozy barely an hour into their batting practice, Alan Gorkin and his son Tristan, then 12 years old, didn't think too much of it. But as they packed up to leave the grassy field across the street from Tristan's school in Wilton, Conn., they spotted a little yellow sign warning that more than spring was in the air: The field had been sprayed with pesticides the day before.

Bed Bugs Found in Lebanon School. Ldnews.com, 23 March 2012. Lebanon School District is taking aggressive steps to contain a pesky problem - bed bugs. The difficult-to-eradicate pests were recently found at Northwest Elementary School, Superintendent Marianne Bartley said Friday. When the school at Ninth and Maple streets was empty Thursday night, technicians from Ehrlich's brought two bed bug-sniffing dogs inside, Bartley said. The bugs were not found in carpeting but were found in chairs and student items, she said.

Bedbugs Continue to Bedevil Harrisburg School District. Pennlive.com, 22 March 2012. An infestation of bedbugs at an area school is continuing to bedevil Harrisburg School District administrators. For the last several weeks, the district has been battling the insects at Camp Curtin Elementary. “We have been doing everything we can to get rid of them,” said Sybil Knight-Burney, district superintendent. “But what we can’t control is people bringing them in.”

No Infestation of Bedbgus Reported in N.B. Schools. Ns.gmnews.com, 22 March 2012. NORTH BRUNSWICK — There is no infestation of bedbugs in the North Brunswick school district, though bedbugs were recently reported at two of the six school buildings. One bedbug had initially been discovered on a student at John Adams Elementary School and on a desk at Linwood Middle School, according to Superintendent of Schools Brian Zychowski. The staff members who noticed the bugs captured them and provided them to the county Board of Health for inspection.

Rodent Rap Nets Middle School Pest Grant. Redbank.patch.com, 20 March 2012. For the third straight year, Red Bank Middle School wins $3,000 through the National Pest Management Association's annual Pest PSA Contest. If there's one thing the students from Red Bank Middle School hate it's pests. Their aversion to rodents and insects of all varieties is so great that for the third consecutive year the middle school was named the winner of the National Pest Management Association's PSA Contest. The students' winning rat-rap contest entry, titled appropriately "I Hate Rats," earned the middle school a $3,000 grant.

Could Ban on Pesticides at Schools be Lifted? Acorn-online.com, 18 March 2012. A year and a half after a comprehensive ban on pesticides at certain schools went into effect, the state is attempting to deal with how to allow schools to control pests. Recently, the Connecticut General Assembly's Joint Committee on Planning and Development voted 12 to three, with six absences, to support a bill which would allow pesticides as part of an "integrated pest management plan," while the Environmental Committee is considering a rival bill that would undo the ban for non-toxic, organic pesticides.

CT Town Bans Pesticides on Playing Fields, Activists Push to Repeal Preemption. Enewspf.com, 13 March 2012. Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--March 13, 2012.  The town of Woodbridge, CT voted on last week to ban the use of pesticides on the town's athletic fields. With the Board of Selectmen voting 5-1, Woodbridge committed to a pesticide-free land management program with the full support of Parks Department director Adam Parsons. The Parks Commission originally wanted to keep one field exempt from the ban in case the Parks Department could not meet their aesthetic standards. But Mr. Parsons told the Board of Selectmen that it would not be a problem. “I am very confident I will not lose a ballfield,” Mr. Parsons told the Milford-Orange Bulletin. “I believe the ban is a good idea for all the baseball fields.”

Trained Dog Can't Find Any Beg Bugs at Farmington Schools. Fosters.com, 13 March 2012. FARMINGTON— No bed bugs were found during a recent search of local schools by a bug-sniffing dog, according to the SAU 61 website. The website reports that the dog searched all three schools and came up with nothing, a search that came a month after a bed bug was first found on a student at Valley View Community School at the beginning of last month.

State Rep. Phil Miller Opposing Repeal of School Pesticide Ban. Middletownpress.com, 13 March 2012. State Rep. Phil Miller (D-Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam), Vice Chair of the legislature's Environment Committee, joined other lawmakers and advocates in speaking out today against an attempt to repeal the state's ban on using pesticides on school grounds. "Children and pesticides don't belong together. There is growing evidence that pesticide exposure—even at low levels—is unhealthy. And children are particularly vulnerable because their organ systems are still developing,” said Miller. “Connecticut enacted a sensible law to protect children from dangerous pesticide exposure, and we must not give in to special interest pressure and jeopardize children's health.”

School Pesticide Ban Faces Rollback Threat. Ctnewsjunkie.com, 12 March 2012. Environmental activists from across the state packed a hearing room last week to argue against the proposed rollback of a recent law banning pesticides on school grounds. “We have proven beyond a doubt that pesticides harm young children,” Sen. Ed Meyer, co-chair of the Environment Committee, said. “The message that has to go out today is that the health of our young children is under attack from the pesticide lobby, and we have to do everything in our power to thwart that attack.”

Eileen FitzGerald: Deja Vu: Don't Allow Pesticides on School Grounds. Newstimes.com, 7 March 2012. This seems like a no-brainer. Don't let children play on lawns treated with pesticides. The state passed a law in 2005 to ban the use of pesticides on the grounds of schools that serve children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The law went into effect for day care centers on Oct. 1, 2009, and for K-8 schools on July 1, 2010. Now proposed bill 5155, which would overturn the ban, has made it out of the General Assembly 's Planning and Development Committee .

Letter: Don't Lift Ban on School Pesticides. Northhaven.patch.com, 7 March 2012. My name is Nancy Alderman. I am president of Environment and Human Health, Inc., a non-profit organization comprised of ten members who are physicians and public health professionals in North Haven, CT. Environment and Human Health, Inc. is opposed to Bill 5155.

Why should this Bill be defeated? This bill is designed to undo the Connecticut State Statute that bans the use of pesticides on school grounds grades K-8.

Bedbugs Found in Harrisburg School, Again. Wgal.com, 5 March 2012. HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Camp Curtin Elementary School in Harrisburg wants to raise awareness about bedbugs after they were discovered in the school for a second time. The PTA president plans to send information home about bedbugs, including what they look like, how to spot them and what to do if they are found.

Elementary School Bed Bug Problem Gives State Senator's Bill More Ammo. Whptv.com, 5 March 2012. Bed bugs in a local school had parents wanting answers; meanwhile a State Senator is pushing for legislation that addresses this public safety issue. Senator Larry Farnese originally wrote a bed bug bill to protect the tourism industry from bed bugs, but tells us Monday night it's a much bigger issue. Since he wrote the original bill, cases of bed bugs popping up in public housing and schools has happened. He says this legislation is a starting block to tackle the epidemic.

Bedbugs Found in Camp Curtin School Traced to Students. Pennlive.com, 4 March 2012. Harrisburg School District officials said they are taking precautions after a case of bedbugs cropped up at one city elementary school. Apparently, the insects were brought to Camp Curtin School by a few students after the bugs took residence in their homes. Parent tells CBS 21 Beg Bugs Have Been a Problem for Months. Whptv.com, 4 March 2012. Concern is growing among parents in one Harrisburg elementary school , who say more should have been done sooner to get rid of bed bugs. One parent told CBS 21 that she's known since November that bed bugs were a problem in her son's school yet she believes it's only now that school officials are acknowledging that.

Bedbugs Found in Two Desks at Surrey School. Thenownewspaper.com, 1 March 2012. SURREY - At the end of January, a parent reported to the Surrey school district that her child had a bedbug bite. A trained dog was brought into the child's classroom after hours and it detected bed bugs in two desks. Students were moved to another classroom while steps were taken to eradicate the bugs, said Surrey school district spokesperson Doug Strachan. The desks and belongings were bagged and disposed of, he added.

IPM in Schools: Better Defining the PMP's Role. Pct.texterity.com, February 2012. The Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) has supported IPM in schools since the inception of the program; however, in 2008 ASPCRO formalized its interest by creating a subcommittee solely dedicated to regulator issues realted to IPM in schools. During the 2011 ASPCRO annual meeting, an information gathering of EPA Region 4 reps and 3 to 4 people representing different states turned into a school IPM meeting of almost 20 people, representing more than 15 different states, demonstrating the great intesrest ASPCRO memebrs have in this issue.

Green Pest Management] Controlling Ants in Schools. Pctonline.com, 27 February 2012. Many school districts require that pest control contractors implement IPM techniques (read “green”) when it comes to controlling pests in and around school buildings. Controlling ants in any location is difficult, but controlling them in a school is a real challenge.

[School IPM] IPM in Schools: Better Defining the PMP’s Role. Pctonline.com, 27 February 2012. The Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) has supported IPM in schools since the inception of the program; however, in 2008 ASPCRO formalized its interest by creating a subcommittee solely dedicated to regulatory issues related to IPM in schools. During the 2011 ASPCRO annual meeting, an informal gathering of EPA Region 4 reps and 3 to 4 people representing different states turned into a school IPM meeting of almost 20 people, representing more than 15 different states, demonstrating the great interest ASPCRO members have in this issue.

School Responds After Long Bedbug Found. Chronicle.northcoastnow.com, 26 February 2012. ELYRIA — A single bedbug spotting at an Elyria elementary school has school officials developing a policy for dealing with the pesky creatures. Roughly two weeks ago, a bedbug was discovered on one student at McKinley Elementary. Amy Higgins, district spokeswoman, said the child was not sent home from school, but school officials did react swiftly and appropriately to prevent even the smallest chance of affecting other students or rooms in the building.

Two More Bed Bugs Found at Farmington School. Fosters.com, 23 February 2012. FARMINGTON— Two more bed bugs were found at Valley View Community School Tuesday, nearly three weeks after one was first found on a student at the school at the beginning of the month. Assistant Superintendent Bob Lister said late Tuesday night that while he could not comment on which classrooms have been affected by the bugs, the school has narrowed the problem down to two classrooms, adding that the school is not infested with the bugs and exterminator services have not yet been needed.

Changes to School Pesticide Law Debated. Ctpost.com, 22 February 2012. HARTFORD -- Seven years after the General Assembly banned the use of pesticides around Connecticut's elementary schools, an effort to overturn the law is getting some support from suburbs that claim their athletic fields are now crabgrass-strewn lots.

Hampton School Treated for Bed Bugs. Wavy.com, 20 February 2012. HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Public Schools called in pest control experts after two cases of bed bugs were discovered at Tucker-Capps Elementary School. Letters went home to parents on Feb. 15 stating that "a bed bug was found in your child's classroom." The letter goes on to say that "even though it is unlikely for bed bugs to infest a school, an inspection was conducted and the areas affected were treated."

A Few More Bed Bugs Found at School. Monroenews.com, 17 February 2012. Three more bedbugs were found at two Monroe school buildings and officials said they came from the same homes that caused a similar problem earlier this month. At Arborwood North, which is the former Hollywood Elementary School at 1135 Riverview Ave., a bed bug was discovered near a child in a kindergarten classroom. It was stepped on and killed.

LHS Students Talk Sex Bugs and Pest Control. Lexington.patch.com, 17 February 2012. More than 300 students entered more than 250 projects in the Lexington High Science Fair on Feb. 14. Three of them told Patch how their study of gender-bending bacteria could be built upon to battle the spread of infectious disease by insects.

Those Weren't Bed Bugs at North Mianus School. Greenwich.patch.com, 17 February 2012. It turns out those critters found at North Mianus School earlier this month weren't bed bugs. Rather, they were chimney swift bugs — apparently left behind by birds nesting in the school's exhaust and chimney. And while students and staff are away for winter break this week, an exterminator has been cleaning the vent and chimney of the elementary school at 309 Palmer Hill Rd. in Riverside.

Schools in Earl Shilton and Hinckley in Breaches of Kitchen Standards. Hinckleytimes.net, 16 February 2012. SOME shocking details revealing the state of the town's school kitchens have been released with reports of rats, cobwebs and uncovered food coming to light. All of the area's secondary schools and colleges now seem to be up to scratch but some have had a long way to come in the last few years.

KY School Officials Say Bedbugs at School a Hoax. Timesunion.com, 10 February 2012. AUGUSTA, Ky. (AP) — Augusta Independent School Principal Robin Kelsch had enough to worry about with the flu. Kelsch didn't need a student's report of bedbugs at the school to make things worse. But, that's what he got.

Bat Colony Found at Humble High School. Yourhoustonnews.com, 9 February 2012. Humble ISD is advising parents that bats have been found near one of the entrances to the Humble High School. The bats have not come into contact with students nor have they been found inside the school, according to the letter sent home to students on Feb. 7.

City School Steam-Cleans to Eliminate Bedbugs. Nj.com, 9 February 2012. TRENTON--After a series of bedbug sightings at the city's Daylight/Twilight High School on East Hanover Street, district officials say they are working to wipe them out and prevent any infestations. After two sightings in different parts of the building last month, the district closed the school early last Thursday to conduct a steam-cleaning and kill the pests. Still, district facilities director Everett Collins yesterday confirmed there were two additional sightings this week.

Greening The Schools: Michael Shore Is Serious About Sustainability. Shawangunkjournal.com, 9 February 2012. ACCORD – When Michael Shore first became Facilities Director for the Rondout Valley School District, he didn't realize that the job would require so much time in the public eye. He is regularly asked to weigh in on issues related to the district's school closure and reconfiguration efforts. But behind the scenes he continues to advance the district's sustainability efforts, creating a school system which conserves water and energy and avoids toxins and chemicals.

Bedbugs Found at Camden School. Registerherald.com, 7 February 2012. Camden Primary School recently sent all of their students home with notifications and several pages of information stemming from the news that a bed bug had been found at the school. The notices, which went home with the students on Friday, Jan. 27 (the same day the bug was found) detailed the incident and how the local school district remained proactive in making sure that no other surprises would crop up in other buildings.

School Fights Rodent Battle Over Weekend. Wpbf.com, 4 February 2012. WELLINGTON, Fla. -- Instead of yellow school buses, white extermination trucks pulled into Panther Run Elementary School in Wellington this weekend. Workers were given the task of doing battle against an army of invading rats. "They're continuing to go into the school with additional resources and look behind walls, in crawl spaces, and in the ceiling," said school district spokesman Nat Harrington.

Pests in Schools in St. John the Baptist Parish Test Patience. Nola.com, 3 February 2012. The St. John the Baptist Parish school district is working to resolve communications issues that one board member says have led to unresolved problems with pests in its schools. Board member Albert "Ali" Burl raised concerns about the district's pest control contract with Tally Pest Control of Kenner at the board's meeting on Thursday.

Monroe School Officials Rid Bed Bug Infestation. Toledoblade.com, 3 February 2012. MONROE — Monroe Public Schools officials believe they have tracked and removed bed bugs recently discovered in an elementary school building. Robert Vergiels, spokesman for the school district, said insects were found in a locker and classroom at Arborwood South, and three students who are believed to be the possible source have not been allowed to return to school.

Bed Bugs Found in Michigan School. 13abc.com, 2 February, 2012. A bed bug was found in a classroom at a local school. The discovery caused some chaos at the Monroe elementary school. Experts say it isn't that rare to find bed bugs in a school. A teacher at Arborwood South Elementary School in Monroe, Michigan found a small bug last Friday that turned out to be a bed bug. Over the weekend, professionals cleaned and treated the classroom, but on Monday more bugs were found in a locker.

Bedbugs and the Chicago Public Schools. Chicagoreader.com, 2 February 2012. I was out of town over the past weekend, so I missed the big news that the Chicago Public Schools had directed its investigators to look into that whole rent-a-protester thing. I was up in Michigan. Which meant I stayed in a hotel. Which meant that before I could even put my suitcase on the bed, my wife had to check the bed for bedbugs.

Bed Bugs Found in School. Monroenews.com, 1 February 2012. Three classrooms at Arborwood South Elementary School in Monroe have been professionally cleaned and are back in use after a teacher found a bed bug in one of the classrooms last week. The district said the source of the infestation is believed to have been discovered. Children believed to be from the same family have not returned to school and health officials are working with the family to create a return-to-school plan.

Secaucus Elementary School Fumigated for Bed Bugs. Nj.com, 28 January 2012. After two bed bug incidents were reported at Clarendon Elementary school in Secaucus, school officials announced a thorough cleansing by Stern Environmental Group. Sal Cioffi, facilities director, said as soon as the bed bugs were brought to his attention, he called Stern to come in and assess the classroom where two bed bugs were found on separate days last week.

Beg Bug Alert at Queens School. Myfoxny.com, 27 January 2012. A bed bug was found inside a school in Queens this week, sparking concern among parents that their kids could bring the pests home. Russel Sage Junior High School in Forest Hills sent a letter home to parents informing them of the discovery, but some parents told Fox 5 News they hadn't heard anything.

Bed Bugs Are Not Stopping Kids from Attending School. Wkyt.com, 26 January 2012. Bed bugs are not stopping kids from going to school in Laurel County. School officials and people at the Laurel County Health Department are working to bring an end to the problem. A teacher at Hunter Hills Elementary found the first bed bug in a classroom before the students went on Christmas break. Since then bugs have been found in isolated areas which prompted school officials to take precaution and alert parents.

Oregon Schools Shift to Integrated Pest Management. Ktvz.com, 25 January, 2012. SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon private and public schools K-12 as well as community colleges are gearing up for a new law in July that requires a different approach to addressing pest problems that may or may not include the use of pesticides. Among other requirements, these school campuses will need to adopt Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans that give preference to the use of non-chemical pest control measures. If pesticides are to be used, the new law also sets up a notification and posting system prior to the application.

Robina Suwol Makes a Difference Protecting Health & the Environment. Pressreleasesonline.net, 23 January 2012. California Safe Schools increases environmental awareness through recyling program. California Safe Schools, a leader in the environmental health and environmental justice movement continues their recycling efforts while earning free technology, recreational equipment or cash by participating in the Funding Factory Recycling Program.

Spring ISD Operations Awarded IPM STAR Certification. Factcatwebproductions.com, 19 January 2012. SPRING, TEXAS (Jan. 3, 2012) – The Spring ISD Operations Department earned IPM (Integrated Pest Control) Star Certification in 2011. IPM Star Certification is a nationally recognized program that evaluates school systems and childcare centers on a rigorous 37-point IPM inspection.

Bed Bugs Found in Adams County Schools. Peoplesdefender.com, 18 January 2012. PEEBLES - Two bed bugs were identified in each of the Peebles attendance area schools on Jan. 11. Another bug was found Tuesday in West Union Elementary. This is the second school year bed bugs have been found in Adams County/Ohio Valley District schools, according to Superintendent Rodney Wallace.

Ask School About Pest Managemetn to Protect Child. Sfgate.com, 18 January 2012. Q: My daughter is sensitive to a lot of things, hence we don't use any chemicals, including pesticides, around the house. The Greenbug you mentioned a while back works very well. How can I be sure that when my daughter starts school that they don't use any chemicals, particularly pesticides, there? I don't want her to get sick. A: A 1997 Environmental Protection Agency memorandum from William Burnham, Health Effects Division, noted that the U.S. EPA had identified at least 96 registered pesticide active ingredients that are potential human carcinogens.

Bed Bugs at Local School. Kktv.com, 17 January 2012. You don't usually think of bed bugs when you think of classrooms, but that's exactly where the blood suckers were found at the Big Sandy Schools in Simla, east of Colorado Springs. The bed bugs were found in one of the outside classrooms. The school district sent home a letter to parents as soon as they found out about the problem.

How Safe Are Cafeterias in Magic Valley Schools? Magicvalley.com, 16 January 2012. TWIN FALLS: If he wanted to catch her with her fake nails on, he was told to schedule the inspection on a Monday. Craig Paul, a health inspector for the South Central Public Health District, was following up on a recently filed complaint against the Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria. Among the seven claims listed on the complaint, the cafeteria manager at the Twin Falls school was accused of wearing acrylic nails, a violation of Idaho Food Code.

E.Coli-Tainted Venison Kabobs Sicken Minnesota Students. Vitals.msnbc.msn.com, 11 January 2012. A Minnesota high school science project that involved hunting and butchering deer -- including one road-kill capture -- and turning the meat into venison kabobs backfired when 29 students were sickened with a rare kind of E. coli food poisoning, investigators say. The 2010 incident just now reported in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases highlights the risks of E. coli contamination, not just from factory-produced meat, but also from small, local providers.

School to Host Bed Bug Forum. Danbury.patch.com, 4 January, 2012, 210 words (English). Bedbugs, the flat, nearly impossible to kill, visitors that hide under mattresses and in dark corners, will be discussed Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Danbury High School. The Danbury School system is hosting a bed bug educational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Danbury High School. The idea for the meeting arose in the fall, when one parent washed a child's head in kerosene to kill the bugs, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said.

Bed Bug Sighting at LoPresti School. Valley.newhavenindependent.org, 22 December, 2011, 271 words (English). A bedbug was found in Anna LoPresti School on Dec. 20. It's the third such incident in a year. LoPresti principal David S. Olechna sent a letter home to parents on Dec. 21, notifying them of the find. The school contacted a pest control company, which inspected the school Tuesday afternoon and positively identified the insect as a bed bug, according to his letter. “We did not send a letter home yesterday because we wanted to be sure of our facts,” Olechna said in the letter.

Bedbugs Found at Greenwich School. Thedailygreenwich.com, 21 December, 2011, 167 words (English). GREENWICH, Conn. – Bedbugs have been found in isolated cases at Hamilton Avenue School in Greenwich this month, district officials said. Three bedbugs were found in three separate incidents. A dead bedbug was found on a student's backpack Dec. 2, and two live bedbugs were found Dec. 9 and Dec. 14. One of the live bugs was found on the same student who had carried a dead bedbug into the schools on a backpack, Kim Eves, spokeswoman for Greenwich Public Schools, said in an article in Greenwich Time.

More Bedbugs Found at Hamilton Ave School. Greenwichtime.com, 20 December, 2011, 710 words (English). Officials have found bedbugs at Hamilton Avenue School on three occasions since a dead bedbug was discovered at the elementary school in October, the district confirmed Tuesday. Greenwich Public Schools spokeswoman Kim Eves said school officials found a single bedbug on three separate occasions earlier this month. Two of the bedbugs were alive, she said.

Pesticide Use Near Kids Warning. Sfgate.com, 14 December, 2011, 410 words (English). Q: I read a column of yours about kids and pesticides. Some of the information was good; however, I think you have exaggerated some of your writing. Being in the pest control industry for almost as long as you (1975), I take great offense at people who write stories to get people scared about what we really do.Yes, I do agree that children in a group environment such as day care, school and others should not be in the area when an application is being made. But if the kids are inside and the service is outside, then where is the harm?

Pine View School Students Moved to Avoid Rats. Heraldtribune.com, 13 December, 2011, 614 words (English). For more than a year, Sarasota County's most prestigious school — Pine View School for the Gifted — has been infested with rats.Parents who visited classrooms this school year say they saw rats and droppings in the classroom. A health inspection found droppings and rat urine had soaked into the insulation in ceiling tiles, causing classrooms to smell.

Trenton School Officials Act Quickly to Prevent Bedbug Infestation at Stockes Elemenary School. Nj.com, 18 November, 2011, 416 words (English). TRENTON — After a pair of reported bedbug sightings at Stokes Elementary, officials with Trenton Public Schools said Thursday they have been taking steps to prevent an infestation at the school.“We had a sighting on Wednesday, and as a result of that we went through the proper protocol in collaboration with the city's health department and our pest management associates,” interim superintendent Raymond Broach said yesterday. “We're on top of it as much as we can be to keep the hysteria down and to keep our children as healthy and safe as we possibly can.”

Parents Say Bedbugs Rampant at Trenton Elementary School. Trentonian.com, 16 November, 2011, 188 words (English). TRENTON — Parents participating in a “Walk In Your Child's Footsteps” event yesterday at a city elementary school found out firsthand what's under a foot. “We were in my son's room and another child pulled several items out of his book bag. Several things fell onto the floor and that's when another student noticed a bedbug on the floor,” a mother told The Trentonian.

Bedbugs Found at Elementary School. Wlky.com, 16 November, 2011, 383 words (English). LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- More bedbugs have been found at a Jefferson County public school. Parents of students at Stonestreet Elementary in Louisville said they're frustrated with how the school is handling it. Parents told WLKY that they're not happy with the way Jefferson County Public Schools officials send out letters to let them know a bedbug was found. They say everyone should receive one of these letters, not just the students in the classroom where a bug was found.

Bed Bugs Found at Groveport Elementary Schools. 10tv.com, 15 November, 2011, 286 words (English). GROVEPORT, Ohio - Some parents said they were worried that their children might bring home bed bugs from school. Students were sent home with notes stating that bed bugs had been found in the school 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported. "It's concerning because you don't want to get that infestation in your home," parent Tracey Swinehart said. Since the bugs were found, students were instructed to wrap their book bags and jackets while they were at school.

Schools on Alert for Bed Bugs. Theeagle.com, 11 November, 2011, 515 words (English). The College Station school district called in the exterminators this past weekend after reports that an apartment complex where many Creekview Elementary students live had a bed bug infestation. The action at the school was taken as a preventative measure, the district informed Creekview students. "They're not in the school and we just did something to hopefully keep them out," explained district spokesman Chuck Glenewinkel.

Klein ISD News Briefs: Klein ISD Receives IPM Star Certification. Yourhoustonnews.com, 3 November, 2011, 391 words (English). Klein ISD was one of three school districts in the Houston area to earn the Integrated Pest Management Star certification after passing a rigorous 37-point inspection. Klein, Katy and Spring ISDs will receive national recognition for their work at the 2011 Statewide School IPM Coordinators Conference on Nov. 16-17 in San Marcos, Texas.

Three Texas school districts to be recognized for their IPM efforts. Agrilife.org, 1 November, 2011, 481 words (English). SAN MARCOS – Students aren't the only ones in class this fall; unwanted insect and animal pests of all shapes and sizes also “attend school” at times, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension school integrated pest management specialist in Dallas, said school districts across the state face a constant invasion of pests to the degree that since 1995 every independent school district in the state is required to have an integrated pest management coordinator.

NJ School Pesticide Exposure Incident Reinforces Need for Policy. Enewspf.com, 31 October 2011, 792 words (English). The Borough Council of Oradell, NJ has pledged to review the use of pesticides on public grounds following an incident in which children may have been allowed to prematurely re-enter an herbicide-treated soccer field. This incident recalls the recently reported exposure and poisoning that occurred in Ohio a few weeks ago, and echoes the need for a comprehensive national policy to protect children from harmful and unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals.

Students Poisoned by Pesticides Sprayed on Playing Field Outside of Classroom. Enewspf.com, 27 October 2011, 1,483 words (English). Forty-seven students from Edgewood Middle School in St. Clair Township, Ohio, reportedly fell ill after the school's hired pest control company sprayed the herbicide Momentum, which contains the toxic ingredients 2,4-D , triclopyr and clopyralid , on nearby playing fields to treat for clover and other weeds. The incident and others like it demonstrate the need for a comprehensive national policy to protect children from harmful and unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals. Six students were taken to nearby hospitals and twenty-one students total were treated for symptoms, including headaches, breathing difficulties, nausea and dizziness.

Daycare Facilities Must Notify Parents of Insecticides. Wnem.com, 26 October 2011, 229 words (English). State health officials remind parents and guardians of their right to be notified prior to the use of pesticides on school and licensed daycare center property. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) officials also remind school officials to implement an integrated pest management (IPM) program if pesticide applications are made indoors at their facilities.

Watching for Head Lice. Barrington-il.patch.com, 22 October 2011, 326 words (English). Back to school is always greeted with new books, new clothes and all too often an unwanted pest known as head lice. There are many common misconceptions when it comes to head lice.  One misconception is, "it must mean one is dirty." Ironically, it is just the opposite.  Head lice appreciate clean hair. Here are a  few noteworthy items of information to better prepare yourself in case of an outbreak.

Experts share IPM best practices for taking care of termites in and around the classroom. PCTonline.com, 19 October 2011, 2,728 words (English). When it comes to treating termites in schools, you might not think much has changed in the past decade. Most teachers still can't tell the difference between a termite and a flying ant, and nothing delights students more than swarmers on standardized testing day. But in fact, the pest management professionals contracted for this service face a host of new challenges and opportunities.

Two Woodbridge Schools Treated for Bedbugs. Mycentraljersey.com, 17 October 2011, 362 words (English). Two township schools, Matthew Jago Elementary School in the Sewaren section and Avenel Middle School, have been treated with chemicals to kill bedbugs after one was identified at the middle school.

Law Protects Students from Pesticides at School. Coastal.news14.com, 17 October 2011, 361 words (English). RALEIGH – Students across the state can now breathe a little easier as the amount of pesticides they're exposed to at school becomes significantly reduced. This month, a provision of the School Children Health Act took effect requiring schools to implement an Integrated Pest Management program. Schools now look for alternative ways to control rodents and insects before resorting to pesticides.

Edgewood Evaluates Chemical Treatments After Evacuation. Middletownjournal.com, 14 October 2011, 362 words (English). TRENTON — Edgewood City Schools is evaluating when it chemically treats its athletic fields after an incident Tuesday resulted in the evacuation of the middle school and sent several students to local hospitals. Forty-seven kids were affected — 21 were treated, with 6 being taken to area hospitals and most released to parents, said Jeff Galloway, director of Butler County Emergency Management.

Commercial Pesticides in a School Yard. Pej.org, 7 October 2011, 783 words (English). A group of parents and kids in Vernon are celebrating, after School District 22 finally agreed to stop using pesticides to control dandelions and other “cosmetic pests” on school properties. After years of inaction by the School District, parents used the School Act , with help from lawyers funded through West Coast's Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund , in a new and innovative way to get the school district to take a serious look at the issue.

Bedbugs can be Prevented with Vigilance, Experts Say. Northjersey.com, 23 September 2011, 915 words (English). As the host of Bed Bug TV, Jeff White has gotten nearly half a million hits on You Tube over the past two years. "It's the best way to reach college kids," he said of the video blog. As students return to school, officials want them to be on guard against the pest whose resurgence has affected hotels, offices, homes and dorm rooms.

HGTC Steps Up Pest Control After Bed Bug Scare. Wmbfnews.com, 23 September 2011, 393 words (English), MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A bed bug scare at the Grand Strand campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College means some extra pest control on campus, and some missed classes for one student. The school's senior vice president Marilyn Fore said someone saw a bed bug on a student's desk during class Wednesday.

Technician Conductiong Pest Control at MHS Says It Is Safe. Malibutimes.com, 23 September 2011, 631 words (English). The pest control technician who is performing pest control at Malibu High School said Wednesday the amount of pesticides being applied on the MHS campus is not enough to harm other animals. John Reynolds, a pest control technician who works for Stanley Pest Control in Van Nuys, told The Malibu Times he is still monitoring Malibu High School on Saturdays to reduce an overpopulation of gophers and ground squirrels. Reynolds said signs posted warning of the potential use of the pesticides fumitoxin, strychnine and diphacinone do not necessarily mean he is applying pesticides, only that the pesticides might be used.

Mayor Pro Tem Says Malibu High Uses Pesticides Appropriately. Malibu.patch.com, 15 September 2011, 462 words (English). There were a couple of issues I wanted to talk about. The first one was an article that—it wasn't an article; it was a blog post that was on the Patch, and then I believe one of the newspapers followed up on it, about some pesticides at Malibu High School, and there were some issues raised about that. Unfortunately, these things were written about without any investigation into really what the procedures are and what the truth is.

MU Plans Ahead in Case of Bedbugs. Columbiatribune.com, 3 September 2011, 303 words (English). The University of Missouri will use an extra-aggressive method to treat bedbugs if the pests return this school year. Since August 2010, MU has recorded seven instances of bedbugs — six in one apartment complex and one in another, said Frankie Minor, residential life director.

Astoria's Public School 70 has the City's Worst Bedbug Problem, Parents Furious. Nydailynews.com, 1 September 2011, 403 words (English). This is one grade a Queens elementary school wished it hadn't scored highest in the city. Astoria's Public School 70 has the worst bedbug problem in the five boroughs and this time the Education Department can't blame the students. There were some 3,590 reports of bedbugs at schools in the 2010-11 year - up from just 1,019 a year earlier.

School Start Pushed Back One Day. Holmdel.patch.com, 30 August 2011, 352 words (English). Superintendent of Schools Barbara Duncan has announced that due to the power outage, the school year's start will be delayed by at least one day. Rumors of a bed bug infestation prompted the school district to bring in an egg-sniffing dog early Tuesday morning to check out the high school, which was used as a short-term shelter for 500 Bayshore-area evacuees last weekend during Hurricane Irene.

Returning to School Can Also Mean Getting Head Lice. Ahherald.com, 29 August 2011, 647 words (English). “Returning to school  is always an exciting time for parents and youngsters, but one very common  problem is head lice,” says Leonard Douglen, the Executive Director of the New  Jersey Pest Management Association. “Head lice are known to infest between ten to fifteen million people nationwide every year.”

Hidden Dangers: Are Toxins Lurking in Your Child's School? Ivillage.com, 29 August 2011, 1,410 words (English). When you send your child to school, naturally you're concerned about which classes and teachers he or she will have. But have you considered how the school environment could affect your child's health? The reality is that kids may be exposed to a variety of environmental hazards -- such as lead, asbestos, molds and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) -- as well as chemicals and pesticides at school. And unfortunately many of these exposures may be getting worse, not better, as the nation's public schools age and continue to deteriorate. Meanwhile, no state or federal agency is required to protect children from these hazards.

Beyond Pesticides' Back to School Checklist. Enewspf.com, 23 August 2011, 950 words (English).   It's that time of the year again for kids to return to the classroom. For others it's their first time meeting new friends, new teachers in a new school. However, children may face unexpected dangers from antibacterial chemicals and other pesticides used in and around schools. The body of evidence in scientific literature shows that pesticide exposure can adversely affect a child's neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine systems, even at low levels.

Connect with Better Health: Head Lice Awareness. Onlineprnews.com, 9 August 2011, 2,243 words (English). Children across Georgia are heading back to school again. As they start the new academic year they'll be connecting with old and new friends, but they might also find some unwanted friends in the classroom: head lice. The Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) wants to remind parents and school administrators to be on the lookout for these pests that no child wants to bring home or share with their friends at school.

Back-to-school Health Tips: D.C., MD, VA Immunizations; Preventing Bedbugs. Washingtonpost.com, 9 August 2011, 816 words (English). Kids need to be up to date on their immunizations before they can attend school. But do you know which shots your child needs? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a master schedule suggesting which immunizations a child should receive when. But according to Jane Seward, medical officer for the CDC's Office of Infectious Disease, it's up to each state to decide which shots to require.

Health Violates Cited in Palm Beach County School Inspections. SunSentinel.com, 6 August 2011, 962 words (English). Palm Beach County public and private schools are frequently cited by health inspectors for a variety of violations, which run from rodent droppings in classrooms and broken drinking fountains and toilets, to locked bathrooms used as storage closets, according to reports.

District to Look at Mosquito Fogging with 48-hour Notice. Bclocalnews.com, 3 August 2011, 733 words (English). At their July 27 committee of the whole meeting, Sicamous council (with the exception of Couns. Charlotte Hutchinson and Heidi Dewit) agreed to have district administrator Alan Harris report back on a recommendation to amend the pest management plan to allow for fogging with the provision of 48-hours notice.

Reducing Allergen Exposure. Pctonline.com, 27 July 2011, 829 words, (English). Most people don't recognize the serious impact allergies to cockroaches have on the American health-care system. When you ask a person what they think of cockroaches, their likely answer is a reflection of the places cockroaches live — they are dirty and indicate poor sanitation.

DISGUSTING! In one year, 3 TIMES as many bedbugs are found in NYC public schools. Nydailynews.com, 21, July 2011, 313 words, (English). Bedbugs were found in public schools three times as often last school year compared to the year before - and officials are preparing for even more of the pests when classes resume in the fall.

Bedbug Cases Triple in New York Schools. Gothamschools.org, 20 July 2011, 457 words, (English). Reports of bedbugs have tripled since last year after New York area schools canceled a contract with a private exterminator company when hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of supplies were destroyed due to illegal pesticide use.

The Real Truth About Bed Bugs. Prnewswire.com, 18 July 2011, 1455 words, (English). Bed bugs are back. Since 2000, bed bug infestations have risen 81 percent, according to The National Pest Management Association. This resurgence has consumers nationwide on high alert, seeking information on the pests and how they can protect themselves.

Coquitlam Looks to Bans Private Pesticide Use. Montrealgazette.com, 12 July 2011, 387 words, (English). Montreal city Coquitlam has approved a motion to ban all residential pesticide use with the exception of IPM plan approved brands and several others.

School IPM Action Plan for Stinging Caterpillars. Extension.org, 28 June 2011, 1075 words, (English). Kentucky University Extension officials have released a school action plan for prevention of different species of stinging caterpillar.

Thursday Churn: Discouraging stats. EdNewsColorado.org, 23 June 2011, 895 words, (English). Some environmentally-minded parents are concerned about the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides on the lawn at DPS' Edison Elementary School.

Ind. schools learn new pest-control approaches. IndyStar.com, 22 June 2011, 115 words, (English). Custodians from 20 Indiana school districts are learning how to control mice, roaches and other pests by using fewer pesticides that can spark allergic reactions in some children.

Are sweeping pesticide bans justified for youth sports fields? Landscape Management, 17 June 2011, 586 words, (English). There's growing public concern about the use of pesticides on youth sports fields. This concern  focuses on the alleged negative health affects that pesticides pose to young athletes.

Bill Would Restrict Use of Lawn Pesticides at Child Care Centers, Schools, Fields. New Milford Patch, 17 June 2011, 137 words, (English). A bill, sponsored by state Senator Robert Gordon, which would restrict the use of lawn care pesticides at certain child care centers, schools (public and private) and recreational fields advanced in the senate this week with a second reading Thursday.

Environmentalists push Cunningham on pesticide bill. Hudson Reporter, 15 June 2011, 265 words, (English). Environmental activists have made State Sen. Sandy Cunningham the target of a statewide lobbying effort today to pressure her to support the Safe Child Playing Field Act (S-2610).

Oak Bluffs taxpayers asked to pay on top for county services. The Martha's Vineyard Times, 14 June 2011, 222 words, (English). Among the articles Oak Bluffs voters will be asked to consider at special town meeting Tuesday is a request for $5,795 to help pay for the cost of operating Dukes County's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) department, a one-man operation that focuses primarily on catching rats.

Bedbug found in Jersey City School 5; principal: 'there's no infestation'. NJ.com 14 June 2011, 149 words, (English). A bedbug was found this morning in a classroom at School 5 in Jersey City , and school employees are now cleaning the two affected classrooms, according to the school's principal

.Chemicals on lawns put our health at risk. AuburnPub.com, 9 June 2011, 245 words, (English). Effective May 18, it became a crime in our state to disregard requirements that “no school shall apply pesticides to any playground, turf, athletic or playing fields, except that an emergency application of a pesticide may be made as determined by the county health department.”

Pesticides on Playing Fields. Fox News, 6 June 2011, 547 words, (English). If you think your children are somehow escaping exposure to these harmful chemicals because they are applied outdoors, think again.

CU-Boulder to replace herbicide use on campus with 'compost tea'. DailyCamera.com, 5 June 2011, 579 words, (English). The University of Colorado will be phasing out its use of herbicides on campus fields, and instead treating grounds with a more natural "compost tea," a liquid that can be used as both a fertilizer and to prevent plant diseases.

School board battles invasives, pests. The Nanton News, 24 May 2011, 194 words, (English). The Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD) is taking steps to eradicate problem invasive weeds and pests.

Will Kids Get Lyme Disease If Schools Don't Spray? Mother Jones, 23 May 2011 , 832 words, (English). Hip, hip, hooray! As of last week, student athletes in New York will no longer have to worry about getting a mouthful of toxic chemicals when they dive for the ball.

State officials clarify pesticide law wording. Democrat and Chronicle, 18 May 2011, 372 words, (English). On the eve of the effective date of a new state law limiting the use of pesticides on school grounds, the state Department of Education clarified that the law is more expansive than many people had thought.

Diluted pesticide regulation gains House OK. The Herald Gazette, 18 May 2011, 269 words, (English). Local legislators were divided on a watered down bill that was aimed at protecting children from pesticides on school grounds.

School pesticide ban now law of the land. LegislativeGazette.com, 18 May 2011, 165 words, (English). A new law prohibiting the use of toxic chemical pesticides on the grounds of schools and daycare centers statewide went into effect Wednesday.

Pesticide ban in N.Y. schools begins. LoHud.com, 17 May 2011, 256 words, (English). The Child Safe Playing Fields Act, which passed the Legislature and was signed by then-Gov. David Paterson last year, takes effect today.

My Word: Take aim at school pests. Orlando Sentinel, 16 May 2011, 367 words, (English). What a shame that the state of Florida has not made pest management in schools enough of a priority to avoid cockroach outbreaks like the one in Orange County.

Pesticide ban at New York schools begins. Democrat and Chronicle, 14 May 2011, 377 words, (English). As a new state law goes into effect banning pesticide use on school playgrounds and sports fields, a local consumer group has found that many Rochester-area school districts will continue to use chemical treatment elsewhere on their grounds and buildings.

Bed bugs in Cleveland County? Health department reports investigation at a school. The Star, 13 May 2011, 448 words, (English). It might look harmless, but these tiny insects have created havoc from New York City to Charlotte.

Bedbug found in Christopher Columbus High School. News12, 12 May 2011, 85 words, Video, (English). Students from all of the schools housed inside Christopher Columbus High School were sent home with a letter today informing parents that a bedbug specimen has been found.

Thompson uses pesticides to address grub problem on school fields. NorwichBulletin.com, 10 May 2011, 120 words, (English). Thompson is one of the first school districts in the state to be allowed to use pesticides on school ballfields, facilities manager Bill Birch said Tuesday.

California Safe Schools & LA Unified Celebrate Twelve Years of Protecting Student Health. IndyBay.org, 9 May 2011, 638 words, (English). On Wednesday March 30th, the Los Angeles Unified School District celebrated its 12-year Anniversary of their groundbreaking Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy.

Another punch against pesticide use. BCLocalNews.com, 3 May 2011, 302 words, (English). After banning cosmetic, weed-killing herbicides on school grounds three years ago, the Surrey School District is now poised to "curtail and diminish" the use of the chemical pesticides and insecticides in and around local schools.

DeSaulnier Legislation to Remove Pesticides from Schools Advances. Press Release: Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, 2 May 2011, 303 words, (English). The Senate Committee on Environmental Quality today approved Senate Bill 394 (DeSaulnier), The Healthy Schools Act of 2011 , to require that at least one staff person from each school district be trained in the appropriate use of pesticides.

Cafeterias in Orange County schools infested with roaches. CFNews13, 3 May 2011, 191 words, (English). A cockroach infestation is still bugging Orange County schools. The district uncovered more than a dozen German Cockroaches in 22 schools.

Bugs Keep Orange Co. School Cafeterias Closed. WESH.com, 2 May 2011, Video, (English). Students at 22 Orange County schools may have to wait until the end of the week before they can return to their cafeterias after a cockroach infestation forced the kids out last week.

Bed Bugs: Hopefully Not Coming to a School Near You. Lakewood Patch, 26 April 2011, 308 words, (English). District officials are getting the word out about how to stem the spread of certain pests, like bed bugs, that threaten to invade and inhabit Lakewood's schools.

Ohio Dominican Dealing With Bed Bugs In Dorms. WBNS-10TV, 20 April 2011, 280 words, (English). The residents of a dormitory at Ohio Dominican University were getting a crash course in bed bugs on Wednesday.

Ketchum adopts no-pesticide policy. Idaho Mountain Express, 20 April 2011, 484 words, (English). Ketchum adopted a policy Monday limiting itself to almost no use of pesticides and herbicides in controlling weeds and bugs on city-owned land such as parks and baseball and soccer fields.

34 Paradise Valley schools employees receive layoff notices. AZCentral.com, 16 April 2011, 485 words, (English). If the governing board decides to outsource pest control, for example, the district may save money, because it no longer has to buy and store pesticides and application equipment

.Some bugs in new school spraying policy. TheTimesNews.com, 12 April 2011, 374 words, (English). The idea of counting bugs before spraying pesticides prompted a few laughs during a recent meeting of Alamance-Burlington Board of Education members and school system employees.

On Healthy Schools Day, School & Environmental Leaders Call for Reducing Pesticide Risks at California Schools. CommonDreams.org, 11 April 2011, 550 words, (English). Across the state, parents, teachers and environmental organizations are celebrating efforts to make schools healthier places to work and play as part of National Healthy Schools Day.

Pesticides under fire on airwaves and in legislature. WCSH6, 7 April 2011, 449 words, (English). Some people in the lawn care industry feel like they are under fire.  The legislature is hearing 5 different bills on the use of pesticides.

West New York reopens classroom after bedbug extermination. NJ.com, 6 April 2011, 89 words, (English). A classroom at Memorial High School was reopened yesterday after it was exterminated for bedbugs, the district superintendent said.

Bed bugs move in at the Ferris School. WDEL, 5 April 2011, 198 words, (English). Bed bugs have taken up residence at the Ferris School. Kelly Bachman with the state Department of Children, Youth, and Families tells WDEL they first learned of the problem from students over the weekend when they complained of bites.

Extension-Led Effort Helps Reduce Pesticide Risks in Schools. South Dakota Ag Connection, 4 April 2011, 528 words, (English). The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service played an important role in instituting a new program designed to reduce pesticide risks in U.S. schools.

Bed bug found at Dayton Public School. WDTN2, 1 April 2011, 59 words, (English). A bed bug was found inside of a classroom at Wright Brothers Elementary School, according to Dayton Public Schools.

Politician claims victory in city's school bedbug policy change. Gotham Schools, 31 March 2011, 588 words, (English). The Department of Education has set up a new email address — bedbugconcerns@schools.nyc.gov — to receive complaints about bedbugs in city schools.

'Code red' lifted at Belle Glade elementary school; no serious injuries reported. The Palm Beach Post News, 31 March 2011, 277 words, (English). What began as another day at Gove Elementary School on Thursday morning turned hectic after spray from a crop dusting plane flying over the school caused burning eyes among students and teachers.

Progress! California Federation of Teachers Stands Against Methyl Iodide. Change.org, 31 March 2011, 493 words, (English). Scientists, environmentalists, and public health experts have all spoken out against the use of methyl iodide, a pesticide linked to cancers, thyroid disease, and late-term miscarriages. Now America's educators are joining the cause.

Participants asked to sign up by May 3 for School IPM training. MSU News Service, 31 March 2011, 421 words, (English). Montanans who want to control cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, hornets, spiders and other insects in schools are asked to sign up by Tuesday, May 3, for the School Integrated Pest Management Inspection and Training Tour to be held Wednesday, May 18, in Bozeman.

Local group wants to boost organic lawn care awareness. NorthJersey.com, 31 March 2011, 743 words, (English). Visit the group's website at www.SafeYardsMontclair.org to learn more about health risks, lawn care service, tips for an organic lawn, and to sign a petition in support of The Safe Playing Fields Act.

U of Illinois thinks bed bugs confined to single dorm room; parasitic bugs tough to get rid of. Daily Reporter, 30 March 2011, 128 words, (English). The University of Illinois says a student found bed bugs in a dorm room over the weekend, but school officials believe the problem was confined to a single room.

Preventing Bedbug Infestations. DistrictAdministration.com, 29 March 2011, 335 words, (English). What's the size of an apple seed, the width of a credit card, and feeds every seven to 10 days? Bedbugs.

Commercial Pesticide Training Classes Set; First Is March 30. Media-Newswire.com, 28 March 2011, 295 words, (English). For lawn care businesses, school districts and more, spring weather often results in the hiring of new employees to help keep the grounds in superb condition. Therefore, it is exam time for anyone planning to become a licensed commercial pesticide applicator.

Parents: Bed bugs reported at Mt. Vernon school. News12 Long Island, 24 March 2011, 86 words, (Enlgish). Parents in Mount Vernon gathered with school officials this morning to discuss the presence of bed bugs at the Columbus Elementary School.

Bedbugs found at Mount Vernon's Columbus Elementary School. lohud.com, 24 March 2011, 240 words, (English). Bedbug sightings at Columbus Elementary School have parents questioning district officials' response to the insects.

Bedbug "Epidemic" Means Schools Have to Be Ready. ISM, 21 March 2011, 325 words, (English). According to Education Week, bedbugs are moving into schools across the nation via student and staff clothing and backpacks.

Pesticide cleanup at Pendergast district school costs $878,000. AZCentral.com, 18 March 2011, 467 words, (English). Pendergast officials discovered the problem in June 2009 after the district performed a state-mandated environmental soil test before demolishing the 700-student intermediate school.

AZ school district pays $878K in pesticide cleanup. KGUN 9, 18 March 2011, 118 words, (English). A school district west of Phoenix spent about $878,000 to clean up pesticides on 1 of its campuses left by crop-dusting airplanes.

NPMA Applauds Rep. Schmidt for Introducing Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act. PCT, 15 March 2011, 306 words, (English). The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announces its support of HR 967, the Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act of 2011, introduced by Representative Jean Schmidt (R-OH).

National Pest Management Association Announces Science Competition Winners. Enhanced Online News, 15 March 2010, 339 words, (English). The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has announced the winners in its second annual Pest PSA Contest, a national science and technology competition for students.

Bed Bug Spotted For Second Time In Two Months At Montclair High School. Montclair Patch, 14 March 2011, 319 words, (English). In recent months, the bed bug has re-emerged as an irksome bother in homes, hotels, and schools around the country. Now the blood-sucking critter has been spotted for the second time in two months at Montclair High School.

Bill Would Relax Pest Control Rules for Schools. The Texas Tribune, 10 March 2011, 526 words, (English). A bill written by state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano has an unusual group turning out to education committee meetings: environmentalists.

Another Bedbug Found At LoPresti School. Valley Independent Sentinel, 9 March 2011, 478 words, (English). Another bedbug was found at the Anna LoPresti School in Seymour. But school officials said a “thorough investigation” of the classroom shows there are no other bugs at the school.

PPMA Awards Second Annual Grant to Winner of Student Contest. Pest Control Technology, 9 March 2011, 449 words, (English). For the second year in a row, The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), awarded a $3,000 grant as the grand prize in its national science and technology competition for students.

Bed bug found in Stamford school. News 12, 8 March 2011, 78 words, (English). A spokeswoman for Stamford schools says classes will be in session at Springdale Elementary school despite the discovery of a bed bug.

Bedbugs found at Springdale; school is on for tomorrow. CT News Blog, 7 March 2011, 120 words, (English). Bedbugs were found in a kindergarten classroom in Springdale Elementary School toward the end of the school day Monday.

Cleveland County restaurants with pest problems get near-perfect health scores. The Star, 7 March 2011, 1,639 words, (English). Restaurants and school cafeterias in Cleveland County receive sanitation scores of 100 or above even when health inspectors find flies, gnats and mice.

Tulane study to test whether roach control program helps asthma in La. inner-city children. The Republic, 5 March 2011, 521 words, (English). A Tulane University researcher is gearing up to study whether exterminating roaches can alleviate asthma symptoms in children who live in public housing.

Bill allows toxic pesticides in schools. Environment Texas, 4 March 2011, 333 words, (English). In 1993, Texas became one of the first states to require schools to use least toxic methods to control pests. On Tuesday, the Senate Education committee will consider a bill to repeal that law.

Bed Bugs Expected In High Numbers This Summer. ThirdAge.com, 3 March 2011, 228 words, (English). The creatures have been invading public schools in unprecedented numbers, with 1,700 bed bug cases reported in just the first five months of the school year, which is three times as many cases as last year.

Beware of Bedbugs: Cases Set to Surge This Summer. NBC New York, 3 March 2011, 356 words, (English). City schools reported 1,700 confirmed bedbug cases in just the first five months of the school year – a rate that's on pace to triple last year's total of 1,019 cases, according to the latest stats from the Department of Education.

Maine's School Pesticide Bill Earns Bi-Partisan Support. SafeLawns.Blog, 2 March 2011, 256 words, (English). Our goal of seeing the Safe Schoolgrounds Movement spread to every state in the union took a first step forward in Maine yesterday when Rep. Mary Nelson (D-Falmouth) announced she has strong bi-partisan sponsorship for bill LR 1178.

Gannon battles bedbugs again. GoErie.com, 2 March 2011, 386 words, (English). Gannon University is once again battling bedbugs. Exterminators have treated two on-campus apartment units and several rooms at Gannon's Wehrle Hall for the insects so far this school year.

Senator DeSaulnier introduces legislation to remove pesticides from schools. SFGate: In Contra Costa Blog, 28 February 2011, 379 words, (English). The following information is from a press release, which was sent out by the Office of Senator Mark DeSaulnier.

Got lice? Shampoo, go to school, pediatric group says. Nashua Telegraph, 27 February 2011, 340 words (English). Whether you use low-level pesticides, a battery-powered comb or a shower cap full of mayonnaise to kill head lice, you don't need to pull your kids from school if the little critters invade their scalps, a pediatric advisory group says.

Southern Region Successes, Part 1. IPM in the South, 25 February 2011, 395 words, (English). With funding from the Southern Region IPM Center, this working group continues to form partnerships in schools across the southern region and implement IPM techniques in new school systems.

Pesticide ban worth extra expense. Edmonton Journal, 25 February 2011, 343 words, (English). Once again, the City of Edmonton weighs the considerable added costs of using natural means of controlling weeds against health risks of continuing use of pesticides.

Pesticide Use on Town Fields on Tonight's Agenda. Lyme Line, 24 February 2011, 155 words, (English). The District 18 Board of Education is scheduling middle school students to play on town-owned fields during the estimated three-year school construction period.  These town-owned fields are currently treated with a variety of pesticides.

Experts Warn Schools to Be Ready for Bedbug Sightings. Education Week, 24 February 2011, 842 words, (English). The mere possibility of a bedbug problem—and the perception of one by the community—has been enough to prod schools across the country to be proactive.

Dog sniffs out bed bugs. CBS21, 23 February 2011, 341 words, (Englsih). Last month, Elizabethtown College found bed bugs in a dorm room. The school brought in crews of technicians to take care of the problem. Now, they're putting a furry friend to work. 

School pest training to be offered May 18 in Bozeman. Montana State University, 23 February 2011, 257 words, (English). To teach Montanans how to control those and other insects, a free "School Integrated Pest Management Inspection and Training Tour" will be held Wednesday, May 18, in Bozeman.

Bedbug prompts extermination at Trenton elementary school. NJ.com, 23 February 2011, 351 words, (English). Hedgepeth/Williams Elementary School underwent an extermination Friday after a lone bedbug was found on the school's premises.

Kids and Pesticides — Never Together. West Orange Patch, 22 February 2011, 749 words, (English). The Safe Playing Fields Act, a bill that would ban the use of synthetic pesticides on the grounds of schools, day care centers, parks and recreational fields in New Jersey, is being discussed in the NJ legislature.

New Pest Identification Guide Available. Georgia Farm Bureau, 22 February 2011, 280 words, (English). A new pest identification guide that targets pests in and around buildings has the 411 on many critters, ranging from ants to rats.

Catawba College treating dorm for bedbugs. WBTV, 22 February 2011, 887 words, (English). Officials at Catawba College confirmed for WBTV that Woodson Hall on the Catawba campus has been treated for an outbreak of bed bugs.

Schools seek less toxic ways to battle pests. Education News Colorado, 22 February 2011, 1,550 words (English). The joke around Boulder's Fairview High School used to be that the mouse infestation was so long-running and so pervasive that the mice were learning to read. But Boulder Valley School officials haven't ordered a pesticide application in any school in the district in more than a year and a half. Instead, they turned to some more basic strategies.

No more bedbugs found at school. Sun Journal, 19 February 2011, 113 words, (English). No more bedbugs have been found at the Livermore Elementary School, RSU 36 Superintendent Sue Pratt said Thursday.

Students, parents protest bat problem at McDonogh 35 High School. FOX 8, 18 February 2011, 612 words, (English). Students at McDonogh 35, and their parents, are outraged over a perpetual bat infestation issue at the high school. They spoke out during a peaceful protest this morning and say the problem has gotten out of control.

Students, Parents Protest Over Bat Problem At School. WDSU.com, 18 February 2011, 336 words, (English). Angry parents and students protested Friday about the ongoing problem with bats at McDonogh 35 School.

DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Remove Pesticides from Schools. Press Release: Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, 17 February 2011, 361 words, (English). To help protect children from exposure to pesticides, Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) joined with Pesticide Watch and Californians for Pesticide Reform in pursuing Senate Bill 394, The Healthy Schools Act of 2011.

Bedbug discovery prompts cleanup at MHS. NorthJersey.com, 17 February 2011, 205 words, (English). The bedbug has found its way into Montclair High School. Principal James Earle disclosed Thursday, that one of the six-legged parasites was discovered on a classroom bookshelf inside the 1,900-student high school on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Critters in the Classroom: Local School Battling Bugs. FOX 8 Cleveland, 17 February 2011, 205 words, (English). On Wednesday, a student at Rockside Elementary School went to visit the school nurse. Several bedbugs were found on the child's clothing. That same day, the district sent a letter home to parents informing them of the situation.

Parent anger follows Duval roaches, West Hamlin taping. The Lincoln Journal Inc., 17 February 2011, 1647 words, (English). A significant infestation of roaches at  the Duval PK-8 school in Griffithsville, and alleged communication failings over recent weeks, made for a large attendance at last week's county school board meeting.

Bed bug letter triggers confusion in East Cleveland. NewsNet5.com, 17 February 2011, 363 words, (English). When members of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health recently met with staff of the East Cleveland School District to educate them on how to proactively deal with bed bugs they left a couple of form letters as a guide to assist the district on what to tell parents if a problem arose. On Tuesday, the wrong letter went out.

Bedbug cases at local colleges isolated, but 'ongoing issue'. Utica Observer-Dispatch, 17 February 2011, 605 words, (English). Hamilton College Residential Life Director Travis Hill said his campus has had three cases – two last semester and one last month – since the start of this academic year.

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite - At Montclair High School. Montclair Patch, 17 February 2011, 259 words, (English). In recent months, the bed bug has re-emerged as a major bother in homes, schools, hotels, hospitals, and movie theaters around the country. Now, the six-legged, blood-sucking critter has been spotted at Montclair High School. '

Drastic' Increase In Bedbug Cases In Schools, Gianaris Says. The Queens Gazette, 16 February 2011, 316 words, (English). Confirmed cases of bedbugs in New York City's public schools have severely increased in the first five months of the current school year, according to recent statistics released by the Department of Education and reported by state Senator Michael Gianaris.

East Cleveland: Bed bugs make way into area school. WKYC.com, 15 February 2011, 185 words, (English). Evidence of bed bugs has been identified in the East Cleveland School District. While a spokesman is calling this an isolated incident, all seven of the district's buildings are being searched.

Berrien County forming bedbug task force. South Bend Tribune, 12 February 2011, 502 words, (English). Locally, Berrien County Health Officer Mike Mortimore said this week the county is forming a task force to deal with bedbug infestation. The group will consist of housing inspectors from the various townships, as well as hotel managers and school officials

.Bedbugs at school: The new lice but worse. The Washington Post, 11 February 2011, 425 words, (English). Schools in a number of states have closed off classrooms -- or the entire building -- because of bedbugs this school year, and Michigan government officials issued a document telling schools how to handle any infestations, complete with a template of a parent notification letter (“ Dear Parent or Guardian: We recently found a bed bug in your child's classroom.... ”).

Bedbug found in Livermore classroom. Sun Journal, 11 February 2011, 288 words (English). RSU 36 Superintendent Sue Pratt told the school board Thursday that a single bedbug was found in a classroom at the Livermore Elementary School this week. A staff member found the bug on a rug in a classroom late in the day on Tuesday and used tape to pick it up, Pratt said.

Berrien County assembles bed bug task force. Niles Daily Star, 10 February 2011, 301 words, (English). The Berrien County Health Department has assembled a task force to tackle a very unpleasant pest: bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Continue To Be Found At S.I. Grade School, NY1.com, 9 February 2011, 207 words, (English). Eight bed bugs have been found at P.S. 57 in Park Hill since September, including two just this past week. In compliance with school protocol, the specimens were placed into plastic bags and shipped to the Department of Education.

Bedbug Cases On Pace to Triple in NYC Public Schools. NBC New York, 8 February 2011, 459 words (English). Bedbugs are plaguing New York City public schools like never before, according to the latest stats from the Department of Education. City schools reported 1,700 confirmed bedbug cases in just the first five months of the school year --  a rate that's on pace to triple last year's total of 1,019 cases. 

Paterson sports business school deals with bedbugs. NorthJersey.com, 5 February 2011, 320 words, (English). Bedbugs have been found on students and inside textbooks at the Sports Business Academy in Paterson, parents and a district official said. In an attempt to ease concerns, district officials held a meeting with parents Monday where the director of health and safety for the schools discussed precautions against the notoriously resilient pest.

Bill would ban most pesticides at schools, ball fields. NorthJersey.com, 4 February 2011, 484 words, (English). Dubbed the Safe Playing Fields Act, the bill originally banned all pesticides, but an amendment made in committee allows "low-impact pesticides" to be used at public and private schools, day-care facilities and ball fields at public parks. It was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee this week.

New Jersey Debating Pesticide-Free Playgrounds. Safe Lawns Blog, 31 January 2011, 885 words, (English). A committee of New Jersey state senate recommended approval of a bill that, similar to New York and Connecticut, would make pesticides illegal on school grounds. The vote was 5-0 in favor. New Jersey joins Maine and New Hampshire with almost identical legislation now pending. Under the bill, pesticides would only be allowed in emergencies to eliminate “an immediate threat to human health.”

N.J. Senate committee advances bill that would ban pesticides on school grounds. NJ.com, 31 January 2011, 210 words, (English). The Safe Playing Fields Act, introduced in mid-January by Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Mercer), is advocated for by groups such as Safe Lawns Montclair. Members of the group say exposure to lawn care pesticides is linked to asthma, cancer, learning disorders, autism, birth defects and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Bill limiting kids' exposure to pesticides OK'd. The Mercury, 30 January 2011, 524 words, (English). A bill that would make New Jersey a national leader in limiting children's pesticide exposure was released with unanimous support of members of a Senate environment panel on Monday.

Maine May Join New York, Connecticut With Statewide Pesticide Legislation. Safe Lawns Blog, 28 January 2011, 161 words, (English). The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine will announce its support at noon today for a new bill presented to the state legislature that would eliminate synthetic pesticides from school grounds statewide

.Battling bats at McDonogh 35 - school board says it has a plan. WWLTV, 20 January 2011, 235 words, (English). NEW ORLEANS – A report of bats flying around the McDonogh 35 high school campus had the Orleans Parish School Board taking action Thursday.

Frustration over school gardens takes root. The Washington Post, 2 January 2011, 944 words, (English). Charlotte Schoeneman thought her daughter's Takoma Park school would welcome a parent proposal to start a vegetable garden; the city typically embraces all things green. But she and other Montgomery County parents were rebuffed, told that one person's tomato is another one's maintenance nightmare. School officials cited allergies, pests and possible summertime neglect as reasons for concern.

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