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Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is economical, effective as well as health and environmentally-sensitive.

IPM is a stepwise approach to pest management that combines accurate knowledge of the pest and level of potential harm with multiple tactics to prevent, reduce or eliminate pests.

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Spotted Lanternfly
An insect that attacks grapes, apples, stone fruits, and pines, and threatens Pennsylvania and the United States.

IPM News

How to get rid of mice
February 27, 2017
There’s a scritching sound in the darkened bedroom. Your eyes spring open, your breathing rapid and shallow, with every muscle tensed and ready to run...only to find that all is still and silent. You start to drift back to sleep.
Penn State and Philadelphia schools fight pests that trigger asthma
May 2, 2016
Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting ten percent of school-aged children in the United States. In Philadelphia, this number jumps to almost 25 percent, and in some neighborhoods, nearly 50 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed. The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management (PA IPM) program -- a collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture -- is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to reduce asthma triggers in schoolchildren by preventing pests, including mice and cockroaches, from entering schools.
Pest Management: Integrated Pest Management - Self Learning Module (3 Hours)
January 13, 2016
Pesticides pose risks to growing children. This module will help you learn how to keep pests out of early care and education programs and reduce the use of pesticides by adopting integrated pest management (IPM). It uses the Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs from the California Childcare Health Program. This module is most appropriate for directors who can make policy decisions. However, all staff may use the module for education and provide input on policy and practice for pest management. We suggest writing your answers on the Assessment and Implementation Question document before entering your responses in Survey Monkey. Be sure to follow the instructions in the "Important Reminders" box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. (ECERS-ITERS: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Parents and Staff. K7.1 C3, K7.2 C3 and K8.3 C2 Meets STAR Level 2 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.) 1/31/15
University adopts Integrated Pest Management Plan for University Park buildings
November 13, 2015
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- 416 calls for mice; 325 for skunks; 175 for American cockroaches; 164 for ants. These are just some of the pest complaints made by Penn State employees during the 2014 calendar year at the University Park campus.
Public meeting highlights lessons learned about bed bug policy
November 13, 2015
Philadelphia, Pa. -- You discover bed bugs in your newly rented row home. Did you bring them in on your own things when you moved in? Were they already in the walls of the house? Did they creep in from a neighbor’s home? Who is at fault? Who should pay for pest control? What should you do?