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Healthy Homes & Schools

The Healthy Homes and Schools program is designed to educate custodians, food service workers, school nurses, child care directors, nursing home managers and community health workers about the importance of connecting pest problems and the built environment when it comes to asthma, food borne illnesses and other problems. The Built Environment is defined as human-modified places such as homes, schools, workplaces, parks, industrial areas, farms, roads, and highways which our most important habitat, since 80% of North Americans live in towns and cities and spend 90% of their… Read More →

Healthy Homes & Schools

The Healthy Homes and Schools program is designed to educate custodians, food service workers, school nurses, child care directors, nursing home managers and community health workers about the importance of connecting pest problems and the built environment when it comes to asthma, food borne illnesses and other problems. The Built Environment is defined as human-modified places such as homes, schools, workplaces, parks, industrial areas, farms, roads, and highways which our most important habitat, since 80% of North Americans live in towns and cities and spend 90% of their… Read More →

The Role of School Nurses in Integrated Pest Management for Public Health

By Meredith Swett Walker is a writer for Entomology Today  School nurses do more than just apply bandages to scraped knees and administer asthma inhalers. They are also health educators, they help control communicable diseases, and they even do some pest management. In the past, the dreaded head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) was likely the only pest a school nurse needed to worry about. But, with the rise of arthropod-borne diseases like Lyme disease, West Nile, and Zika, nurses increasingly find themselves thinking about tick and mosquito control… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists: Floating fire ants, insect pests among flood hazards

Fire ants, as their colonies begin to flood, can join feet or tarsi to form water rafts, and they are more aggressive once in the floating formation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. But other insect pests can also pose human threats in flood conditions, they said. Check out this Facebook Post from WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus Dr. Paul Nester, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Houston, and Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist, Dallas, encourage those affected by flooding to stay prepared and aware of pests,… Read More →

School Pest News Volume 11, Issue 4, August 2012

Cricket invasion hits parts of East and Central Texas By Steve Byrns, AgriLife Extension The current cricket invasion many are experiencing in parts of East and Central Texas isn’t particularly unusual, but the timing is, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. Dr. Michael Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist at Dallas, said he’s had a number of reports from Central and East Texas folks concerned with the high number of crickets they’re seeing this year. “I attribute this to early warm temperatures and recent rains that serve as… Read More →

School Pest News Volume 11, Issue 2, April 2012

Learning Opportunities Abound By Janet Hurley Over the past ten years, we have watched school IPM information become more frequent. In addition to school IPM, we have seen IPM in public housing also increase. Rather than duplicate, AgriLife Extension will either be forwarding more emails or announcing more online training resources. Below is just a sample of what we have seen so far: During the month of March, the University of Florida released its Bed Bugs and Book Bags curriculum.  The curriculum is designed for third through fifth… Read More →