This month’s newsletter features:
SCHOOL IPM STATEWIDE MEETING – JUNE 30, 2014, Click here for the agenda and current list of speakers
The statewide meeting for school IPM will be held on June 30, 2014, at the Aurora Professional Learning & Conference Center. The meeting will last from 7:30 am-3:00 pm and will feature speakers from EPA Center of Excellence for School IPM, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, and a live demonstration of iPest manager. iPest manager is a software designed to help track the program and manage pest control costs.
The meeting is being hosted by Aurora School District in cooperation with Colorado State University and the Colorado Coalition for School IPM. The Coalition is continuing to promote and expand School IPM to different audiences throughout the state.
By expanding perceptions of School IPM and the role it plays in contributing to successful school environments, the Coalition hopes to build new partnerships that will help to expand School IPM’s sphere of influence.
To RSVP or to obtain more information about the meeting, please contact Genevieve Berry at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-491-6408.
Helping you access information quickly and easily is one of the goals of Colorado State University’s new IPM website, www.ipm.agsci.colostate.edu. We offer a wide array of tools and resources for anyone interested in School IPM. Following is a brief outline of the website and some of the more commonly used tools.
Click on the link for an introduction to School IPM.
Click here, if you’re looking for a general list of resources for school staff.
If you have a specific pest problem, click here for our fact sheets.
For a quick tutorial, browse our School IPM Videos
Click on the title to obtain a pdf copy of our most popular handbooks:
If you have any suggestions for additional materials, please contact: Genevieve Berry at email@example.com.
In 2006, the U.S. Senate created National Pollinator Week to “recognize the importance of pollinators to ecosystem health and agriculture in the United States.” Since then the event has grown nationwide and has contributed to the education and increased awareness of the importance of pollinators.
For more information about pollinator week and events in Colorado, please visit the Colorado State Beekeepers Association blog page at: http://pollinator.org/npw_events.htm#us
It’s that time of year again, the sweet smell of flowers blooming and the innocent, or not so innocent, buzz of the bees as they fly from flower to flower, gathering nectar and pollen.
While everyone has become more and more aware of the importance of pollinators, stings and nests on and around school grounds still present a major concern for many facility managers. Here are some points to help you manage stinging insects on school grounds and buildings.
1. Properly identify your stinging insect: Not all stinging insects are considered nuisance pests. The first step in an Integrated Pest Management program is to correctly identify the insect.
2. In Colorado, people are stung most often by the Western yellowjacket or the European paper wasp.
3. Worker honey bees can only sting once. Their barbed stinger pulls out and remains behind.
4. All other singing insects can sting repeatedly. They do not have a barbed stinger.
5. Colonies of honey bees survive year round in hives and divide when swarming in late spring.
6. Paper wasps, yellowjackets, bumble bees, and the bald faced hornet all produce new nests each year. The old nest is abandoned at the end of the year.
7. Modify habitat to decrease stinging insects. According to Ryan Davis, Utah State University, the objective of stinging insect management in schools is to reduce child encounters by eliminating prime foraging habitats through good
sanitation practices and awareness. If there is a chronic problem with bees and wasps around playgrounds, outdoor lunch areas, or school athletic fields, inspect the area to locate the nests. Reduce the access to food and use physical controls
such as trapping and nest removal. Garbage cans on school grounds should have removable lids with vertical spring-loaded swinging doors.
As schools expand their role in supporting the “whole child” with programs like; breakfast in the classroom and Healthy Schools Colorado, IPM offers tools and a cultural perspective that can help schools easily and successfully incorporate these programs.
For example, breakfast in the classroom programs are becoming a mainstay in many schools, and whle everyone supports the reasons for the program, it can present additional challenges for staff at schools who are participating in the program.
Schools that are already practicing IPM, can adapt some simple principles of sanitation and exclusion to address these challenges and minimize their impact.
Drawing on IPM’s preventative mindset helps schools to create and maintain a foundation of healthy environments, needed to ensure an atmosphere conducive to outstanding academic achievement.
For more information on how School IPM can support your school’s healthy learning environment you can visit our web site at: www.ipm.agsci.colostate.edu or you can contact Deborah Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-491-1377.
Have you noticed more Miller moths lately? We are in the peak stages of the Miller moth migration to higher elevations according to CSU Extension Entomologists, Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs. The entomologists are anticipating a greater than average influx of the moths due to a combination of optimum conditions this year.
Miller moths tend to aggregte in the crevices around doors and are considered a nuisance pest because of the worry they can cause when flying around at night. They can also spot drapes and other surfaces, such as unfinished wood. For more information about Miller moths, check out Dr. Cranshaw and Dr. Peairs Q& A fact sheet: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/millermoths.pdf
June 30, 2014
Colorado School IPM Statewide Meeting
June 29, 2014- August 15, 2014
Integrated Sustainability Management Certificate Program
Fort Collins, CO
August 24-27, 2014
Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) National Meeting
November 16-19, 2014
Entomological Society of America (ESA) National MeetingPortland, OR
March 24-26, 2015
8th international IPM Symposium
Salt Lake City, UT