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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.

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.

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

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.

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?

September 14, 2015

The photo is immediately unsettling. It purports to show bedbugs creeping out of a seam on a bus seat in Philadelphia.

September 14, 2015

Emerald ash borers have no trouble reproducing themselves as they have now spread through half the United States, but duplicating effective emerald ash borer decoys is not quite as easy. Now, engineers have devised an inexpensive method to produce hundreds of these fake bugs to aid in monitoring and controlling this pest.

September 10, 2015

In this issue you will find articles on partners fighting asthma, biting insects, IPM in the Curriculum, and new mobile app on IAQ resources.

September 9, 2015

Recent Penn State graduate students who earned dual degrees in an international program are now pursuing successful careers. The students were enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program.

September 9, 2015

In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves induces the plant to turn off its defenses against insect predators, allowing the caterpillar to eat more and grow faster, according to chemical ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

September 2, 2015

Here in Penn’s Woods, residents are treated to a nighttime serenade of buzzing, chirping and other sounds from nature as summer slips away. According to Entomologist Greg Hoover of the Penn State Cooperative Extension, many people incorrectly attribute this nightly noise to cicadas.

August 25, 2015

Read about about IPM in Latino communities, bed bugs, head lice, new nursery tree certifications, honey bees, and more in this edition.

August 24, 2015

Bedbug infestations are on the rise, but savvy travelers know how to stop the pests from spoiling holiday trips.

August 24, 2015

Head lice season has begun—the time of year when millions of creepy, crawly itchy bugs take up residence in kids’ scalps. A parent's immediate reaction to a lice epidemic might be to head to the drugstore for a fine-tooth comb and an over-the-counter remedy. But one biologist begs you to reconsider.

August 20, 2015

Avril Lavigne is the latest celebrity to reveal being felled by Lyme disease. After months of withering fatigue, the Canadian singer-songwriter was finally diagnosed with the tick-borne illness and now expects a full recovery. Those who take longer to be diagnosed are often less fortunate.

August 20, 2015

The School IAQ Assessment app provides you with a “one-stop shop” for accessing guidance from EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit with proven strategies for specifically addressing important issues such as ventilation, cleaning and maintenance, environmental asthma triggers, radon, and integrated pest management.

August 14, 2015

If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain. Mario Padilla, a honeybee researcher at Penn State University, can usually tell when his hives are getting agitated. But he's already been stung three times today. And he's about to get it again.

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.

August 11, 2015

Recently, when I stepped outside after dark, I was surprised to see what a busy place my garden was -- especially the milkweed plants I have let spread along a fence.

August 5, 2015

Honey bees pollinate about a third of the crops in the U.S—that’s about $15 billion of the agricultural economy. But honeybees have had a tough time lately: a combination of diseases, stress, parasites and pesticides have all hurt the honey bee population.