Tag Archives: ticks

SPN: Fleas and Ticks

By: Dr. Mike Merchant, Professor and Urban Entomologist Fleas and ticks are not the kind of pests one normally expects to find in schools, but then what’s normal about school IPM?  Several recent calls to our office have concerned flea and tick problems, some of which are apparently being brought from home, and some which may be originating on school grounds.  So let’s learn some basics about these two pest types. Fleas are insect pests of warm blooded animals.  About 95% of flea species specialize in feeding on… Read More →

School Pest News, Volume 10, Issue 5

CONTENTS Section 1 Ticks make you nervous? 1 Section 2 New Rodenticide rules 3 Additional Information – Join a listserv 4 SECTION 1 TICKS MAKE YOU NERVOUS? Early identification and accurate information are vital in effectively responding to human and animal interaction with ticks, said experts in the entomology department at Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in College Station. To help in that response, they have developed and introduced a free mobile Internet smart phone application named “The Tick App for Texas and the… Read More →

School Pest News, Volume 7, Issue 2

In this edition of School Pest News we have a timely article on how to deal with fleas and ticks on school property. Dr. Merchant also wrote a good article on what are insect growth regulators (IGRs) and how they should be used in your IPM program. We have a follow up article on the Structural Pest Advisory Committee, learn how you can stay in touch on what is going on in Austin. Finally we have two features on bees and wildlife. There are some great websites on… Read More →