Go Green for Kids
The articles first appeared in the monthly Better Kid Care e-newsletter and are now available as a PDF or in a WORD document format so you can modify and use them in your childcare setting. If you do use the information, please credit Penn State University’s Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program (PA IPM).
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Warmer temperatures are often the first signal of spring’s arrival. However, shortly thereafter a common six-legged pest may be making an appearance inside your building also letting you know spring is here.
Asthma is a long-term condition causing inflammation of the lungs’ airways, which leads to wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing and other symptoms. Asthma attacks can be fatal.
Whether a box is coming into the child care facility because of an order being received or a parent is bringing in something from home, cardboard boxes are one of many ways cockroaches can enter a facility.
Winter is the time when furry little creatures, such as mice, are looking for a warm place to eat and sleep. Mice are small gray, black or brown rodents with a light colored belly and large ears. They usually measure five to eight inches in length including their long, hairless tail.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an insect native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan that was accidently introduced into Pennsylvania in the late nineties. It is becoming an important agricultural pest in Pennsylvania, but it’s also a nuisance to building occupants.
The weather is cold outside and pests are looking for a warm place to live. This is a great time of year to practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to keep pests from becoming a problem.
Mosquitoes are small insects that begin their lives in water before becoming the biting, blood-sucking adults with which we are all familiar (only the females bite).
There are hundreds of species of ticks throughout the world, but four are particularly common in Pennsylvania including the blacklegged tick (formerly called the deer tick).
This is usually the first sentence uttered when a living creature is found in an unexpected or unwanted place. Properly identifying the organism is the first step of integrated pest management (IPM). Is it an insect or spider? Is it a mouse or rat?
Warmer days, flowers blooming and birds singing signal that spring is finally here. And with this season of renewal comes the time honored tradition of spring-cleaning!
Head lice are tiny insects that can be easily transmitted in child care centers or anywhere children have close contact. They are found on the scalp and feed on blood.
The media is filled with stories of these nuisance pests and all kinds of speculations of how best to manage them. Bed bugs can hitchhike from a home to a child care facility on or in children’s belongings.
Fall is here and winter isn’t far behind. Pests such as mice, rats and some insects will be looking for a warm, safe place to spend the cold months.
Vinegar flies, sometimes inaccurately called fruit flies, are small flies found hovering around over-ripened bananas left out on the counter. Besides bananas, overripe or rotting fruits and vegetables, unrinsed bottles and cans, as well as sludge found in garbage cans, garbage disposals, and drains provide excellent breeding sites for vinegar flies.
Spring is here once again! Flowers are coming up with early colorful blooms to brighten up the landscape, and new buds are forming on trees. And while springtime can often mean ants coming into the kitchen, other insects and animals are hard at work outside pollinating plants.
While there are over a thousand fly species, the house fly is one common pest we’ve all had experience with whether at a picnic, in our child care facility or in our home. While house flies are a nuisance, there is an extremely high probability that they also transmit diseases to humans that can cause conditions such as food poisoning, dysentery, and eye infections.
As the weather begins to warm and the focus shifts to outdoor activities, yellowjackets are probably not the first thing on our minds. That is until they are pestering us or someone gets stung! Yellowjackets are actually a type of wasp but are often mistaken for bees. They can be quite aggressive, especially when their nest is disturbed, and they can sting more than once.
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You run into the other room while Billy and the other children play on the floor with their toys. You are gone for just a minute. When you return to the room, you find that Billy has gotten into the cabinet under the sink, where you store the cleaning products and pesticides.
Even though Thanksgiving and Christmas are behind us, there are more holidays right around the corner: Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, just to name a few. And of course don’t forget children’s birthdays! There are many things to celebrate in 2012 so it’s the perfect time to promote making these celebrations healthy ones.
Holidays are a time for creativity, decorations, and art and craft activities. But did you know not all craft materials are created equal? Some materials may contain toxic ingredients that can trigger allergies, asthma, headaches, and nausea when they are used or stored around children.
I think by now most of us know about the risks and warnings associated with smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke, and especially the dangers young children face if they are exposed. But did you know there is an odorless, colorless gas called radon that can also cause lung cancer?
Playing on a playground, eating at picnic tables and sitting outside on benches enjoying the sunshine are important parts of summer fun for children. However some of these structures may be hazardous to children’s health depending on what they are made of and when they were built.
Plastic products can be found in almost every part of our life, many times to our benefit. But using plastic products comes at a cost. Many plastics are developed from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, and some chemicals used in plastics are linked to negative health and environmental effects.
Penn State’s Better Kid Care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs are teaming up to bring you “Go Green for Kids,” a monthly tip to provide a healthier and safer environment for the children in your care.