Register for September 20 Webinar on Protecting Students from Mosquitoes & Zika Virus at School

For Release: September 7, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will offer a webinar titled Protecting Students from Mosquitoes & Zika Virus at School. Mosquito-borne diseases have been responsible for much suffering throughout human history. Today, the diseases they transmit in the United States and its territories, including Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya virus, are continuing threats.

This webinar will provide insight about the mosquitoes that are of concern to schools and the interim guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers for district and school administrators to help schools keep their students, faculty and staff safe from Zika virus. You will also learn the steps a school district in Florida is taking to reduce mosquito populations in an effort to prevent mosquito-borne illness.

Featured presenters will be:

  • CMR Joseph Laco, Environmental Health Scientist, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • Michael Merchant, Ph.D., Urban Entomology Specialist, Texas A&M Research and Extension Center
  • Dan Lisenko, Grounds and Maintenance Manager, Manatee County (Florida) School District 

This webinar is one in a series of EPA presentations offering information on IPM to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control. Our IPM webinar series has already reached more than 3,000 school personnel, representing more than 25 million students across the country. IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests that takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive.

Upcoming webinars include:

  • Keeping Bats Out of School Buildings – October 18
  • Developing an IPM Plan for Your School – November 1
  • Managing Cockroaches in Schools – December 13

Actions you can take: