School IPM 2020: Where We’ve Been and What’s Next Virtual Conference

When it comes to student learning and achievement, the physical environment is a full partner.” – Dr. Lorraine Maxwell, Cornell University

A picture of a school with a banner that says "School is Open Humans Only" with a bedbug, cockroach, tick looking at the sign. The tick is holding a mouse pull toy and the cockroach is holding a coronavirus shaped balloon.

Despite decades of promoting school integrated pest management (IPM), bed bugs, cockroaches, lice, and mice continue to be a problem in schools. Part of the issue is lack of implementation of proven IPM techniques such as exclusion. Part of the issue is that some pests, like bed bugs, German cockroaches and lice arrive in backpacks, delivered supplies, and directly on students and staff. While schools often have plans in place to address these pests when they are discovered, it will take a wider community effort to prevent their introductions.Chart showing approved NYS DEC Pesticide Recertification Credits. For Day 1, CORE=0.50, 3a=2.50, 3b=2.50, 7a=2.50, 7f=2.50, 8=2.50. For Day 2, CORE=0.50, 3a=1.00, 3b=1.00, 7a=1.50, 7f=1.00, 8=2.00.

This Sixth Annual NYSIPM conference brings together a wide range of speakers to address and discuss the status of school IPM adoption and where we need to go in the future. If you or your family is impacted by pests or pest management on and off school property, this is the conference for you.

Our keynote speaker, Lorraine Maxwell, will discuss “Healthy Environments for Learning”. Her research has found that school building conditions, which include conducive conditions for pests as well as the presence of pests, impact the school’s social climate, which directly impacts student performance.

Alejandro A Calixto, NYS IPM Program Director, will open the conference with remarks on “Perceptions of IPM and Today’s Social Climate.”


SPONSORS          Cornell AgriTech          USDA-NIFA

COST  $15 per person or $25 per school district

picture of a F.I.T. tool

A F.I.T. tool allows you to assess potential rodent entryways and identify whether gnaw marks and droppings were caused by rats or mice.

All participants who complete the pre- and post-test and conference evaluation will be mailed a F.I.T. tool, designed by NYSIPM’s Dr. Matthew Frye to help you evaluate potential rodent entryways and identify whether gnaw marks and droppings were caused by rats or mice.

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