Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, this webinar will break down the simple steps of implementing a comprehensive integrated pest management program. Presenters will address monitoring, sanitation, maintenance and exclusion — actions that, when performed regularly, will result in a healthier school environment and a less likely place for cockroaches to call home.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Wherever there is food and water, cockroaches will thrive. Schools have kitchens, cafeterias and break rooms – all notorious cockroach havens. Cockroaches hide in cracks, crawl spaces, cardboard boxes, between walls, in appliances and in false bottoms of cupboards. They eagerly wait for the kitchen staff to leave for the day, then come out to feast on the spills and debris that are hidden under appliances and in cracks. Cockroaches satisfy their thirst from dripping faucets or sweating pipes, which can then lead to a mold issue in your school.
Cockroach saliva, feces, and body parts can trigger asthma and allergies. This is a serious health concern in schools, especially for students and staff with asthma.
Philip Koehler, Ph.D., Endowed Professor of Urban Entomology, University of Florida
Janet Hurley, Extension Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Fred Koelbel, Plant Facilities Administrator, Port Jefferson (New York) School District
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