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School IPM Webinar Series

Are you a school facility manager, IPM Coordinator, building and grounds supervisor, nurse, administrator, or pest management professional? If so, you play a critical role in reducing the number of pests in your school and in minimizing the exposure of students and staff to pesticides.

To help you be better prepared to fill your role, EPA's Center of Expertise for School IPM is hosting a series of webinars on pest management topics of special interest to the school community. These webinars, which began in August 2014, feature presentations from pest management experts and professionals from the school community.

Keeping Your School Free of Stinging Insects

May 19, 2015 | 2 - 3:30 PM Eastern | Register Now! Exit EPA Disclaimer

Join EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM as we explore the ways to keep students and staff safe from stinging insects at your school. Stinging insects, mainly yellow jackets and wasps, present risks from their painful stings to potentially severe allergic reactions. In this webinar, you’ll learn to identify these pests and the steps you should take to manage them as part of your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. IPM is a smart, sensible and sustainable approach to pest management recommended by EPA.

A Cornell University study on reducing stinging insects on school grounds will be discussed. An overview of the tools needed to monitor, exclude, remove, and trap yellow jackets and wasps will be provided along with their effectiveness and costs. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of a school district’s experience with these pests and the steps they took to prevent exposure to stinging insects. The featured presenters will be:

  • Justin Schmidt, Entomologist, University of Arizona
  • Lynn Braband, Community IPM Educator, Cornell University
  • Mark Hardin, IPM Specialist, Howard Co. (Maryland) Public School System

This webinar is part of a series sponsored by EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM to assist school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control by offering guidance on Integrated Pest Management. Theses presentations are specifically targeted for the school community - facility managers, buildings and grounds managers and staff, nurses, administrators, IPM coordinators.

Space is limited to the first 1000 to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Future Webinars

The School IPM Webinar series will take a summer break in June and July. Over the summer, we will be developing our webinar series for the coming school year. We're planning an exciting series of presentations covering everything from Facility Managers describing the development and sustainability of their IPM programs, to contracting for IPM-based pest control services, to managing specific pest problems like termites, head lice, vertebrate pests, and weeds in turfgrass. Stay tuned for more information!

Past Webinars

These links will lead you to the recordings, questions and answers, related resources, and participation information for our past webinars:.

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