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.
IPM with a Focus on People
August 12, 2015
When you think IPM, you might first picture agriculture, crops, and turf. Or perhaps insect biology and behavior. However, there's an important human component: the social and cultural factors in the relationship between people and pests.
New IPM in Child Care Videos
June 2, 2015
With over 12 million children under the age of five enrolled in child cares in the U.S., the Pennsylvania IPM Program is working to give child care professionals the tools they need to provide safe early learning environments for children across the nation and world.