For the past three years, the Penn State Pesticide Education Program and county Master Gardener Program have partnered to share a valuable lesson of poison prevention with 1st grade students across the state. The outreach program—with a lesson designed to meet elementary 1st grade curriculum standards in Health, Safety, and Physical Education, and Environmental and Ecology Education—has grown tremendously with the help of enthusiastic Master Gardeners.
Gun violence this fall at schools and colleges across the nation helps keep a contemporary legend alive. One version of the legend tells of a church receptionist working in a high risk area who kept a can of wasp spray on her desk for self defense. The legend, usually spread by email, suggests wasp spray draws less attention than a can of pepper spray and is effective against violence.
EPA News Story, September 4, 2013. The management of bed bugs continues to pose a major challenge to state and local governments, private industry and the American public. EPA is inviting comment on the Draft Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs which provides guidance for how the various levels of government can contribute to minimizing the negative effects of bed bug infestations on human health and the economy.
Penn State News, August 28, 2013. Some Pennsylvanians may be holding their breath wondering what the state’s three recently reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) mean for enjoying the last few weeks of summer.
2012 was one of the United States' worst outbreaks of the virus, and news reports late last summer may have led you to believe that you were in danger of catching the disease spread to humans by mosquitoes.
What reporters didn't tell you is that regardless of the threat level, WNV creates no real cause for alarm for most people.
August 15, 2013.
WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
“Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
New household products are continuously popping up on the consumer market. While these products might provide innovative solutions in your home, it's important to be conscious of how these new products could be mistaken for something consumable, resulting in an accidental poisoning.
From EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs
An electronic Buffer Zone Calculator is available in EPA’s Soil Fumigant Toolbox. The EPA developed this new tool to help soil fumigant applicators, growers, enforcement personnel and others determine the buffer zone distances now required by soil fumigant product labels. Buffer zones provide distance between the edge of fields treated with pesticides and bystanders, people who live, work or otherwise spend time nearby.