Webinars about Integrated Pest Management in Schools

The EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM is now hosting its 2016 - 2017 webinar series featuring experts from across the country relaying educational and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management programs in schools. We invite you to participate in the upcoming webinars and to review the information on the past topics.

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Planned Webinars

Janaury 24, 2017: Pest of Public Health Importance and the Role of Integrated Pest Management in School:  Register NowExit

Recent developments in pest-borne diseases, such as the emergence of Zika virus and spread of Lyme disease, signal the need to continually assess the threat of urban pests to public health. Illnesses carried by insects, rodents and other pests affect all races, ethnicities, ages and cultures. Vector-borne illnesses are an ever-present threat and efforts to prevent them are critical to protecting public health.

The control of vector-borne diseases hinges on understanding the pest and how it becomes established in an ecosystem and ultimately infects a susceptible host. Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including education, pest exclusion, sanitation and other biological and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control.

Join us as we discuss the primary pests of public health concern, review control strategies and describe tactics to reduce exposure in your school district.


  • Richard Pollack, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Pearl English, DNP, Nurse, School District of Philadelphia (PA)
  • Marcia Anderson, PhD, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM

February 21, 2017 -- More Than Just a Firm Handshake: Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM-Based Services for Schools: Register Now EXIT

Now that you’ve made IPM in your school district a priority, how do you guarantee that your in-house or contracted pest management service providers are following IPM-based practices? EPA developed model school IPM bid and contract guidance to help make your job easier. During this webinar, you will learn about the recommended essential elements to include in your bid specifications and pest management contracts. School IPM experts will discuss the pitfalls of low-bid requirements that arise during the procurement process and how you can maintain your commitment to including IPM requirements in your pest management service contracts.

  • March 14, 2017 -- Feed the Kids, Not the Pests: Effective IPM for Cafeterias and Kitchens
  • April 11, 2017 -- Contending with Invasive Plants on School Grounds
  • May 9, 2017 -- Managing Bed Bugs in Schools, Childcare Centers and Boarding Schools
  • May 23, 2017 -- Managing Yellow Jackets and Other Wasps on School GroundsTop of Page

Follow these links for more information on these previous webinars. Note that recordings of these webinars are included, when available. 

Getting Started: IPM 101

Resources and Guidance

Bed Bugs and Lice


  • Cockroaches in Your School…You Rarely Find Just One: December 2016 |Coming Soon to YouTube

Ants and Termites


Mosquitos and Wasps

Vertebrate and Flying Pests

Site-Specific Places Call for Specific Action

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