Pennsylvania 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. IPM emphasizes prevention of conditions conducive to pests and monitoring pest levels rather than calendar-based interventions. Also, IPM solutions incorporate diverse types of control tactics that are cost-effective and reduce risks of negative effects on human health and the environment. This approach provides more effective, long-term control than a reactive, spray-based approach to pest control. It also reduces the need to use pesticides.
August 20, 2014A new study, “Implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in child care centers: A qualitative study”, appears in the latest edition of Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Nine licensed child care centers serving low-income children in the Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay Area were chosen to participate.
August 19, 2014By spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts, Pennsylvanians can help keep the non-native, invasive wood-boring threat to the state’s trees at bay, according to agriculture officials.
August 19, 2014A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa.
August 15, 2014As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls over whether to rein in the use of common antibacterial compounds that are causing growing concern among environmental health experts, a team of scientists led by Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researchers are now reporting that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to these substances.
August 12, 2014As the nation’s 55 million children and 7 million teachers and staff return to the over 130,000 US schools, the national Coalition for Healthier Schools urges schools and communities to ensure that facilities are healthy places for all children. Parents, personnel, and communities can help by sharing a Back to School Toolkit with schools and education departments.
ServSafe Food Safety Courses
August 11 - December 10, 2014
Western Regional Lead and Healthy Housing Conference
August 20-22, 2014
School IPM Online Courses
August 21 - December 19, 2014
Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production
August 26 - September 23, 2014
Penn State Extension Urban Agriculture Farm Talks
September 2, 2014