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Western Region School And Home IPM Work Group


Stop School Pests

Public Health IPM

Handbook on Pests of Community Environments in the Desert Southwest United States

Current School and Home IPM Newsletters
Upcoming Events: School IPM
Purpose and Background
School IPM 2020: Pest Management Strategic Plan
Western Region School IPM Inventory
Priority-setting Exercise
Current Membership
Publications: Videos, Schools Pest Press (prior to 2013)
School IPM Links


Current School and Home IPM Newsletters

November 2015 (PDF, 676KB). Featuring Rodents IPM

October 2015 (PDF, 406KB). Featuring School IPM and Fig Beetles

September 2015 (PDF, 610KB). Featuring Head Lice

August 2015 (PDF, 635KB). Featuring Mosquito-borne Diseases and Mosquito IPM

July 2015 (PDF, 909KB). Featuring School IPM Plan and Giant Mesquite Bugs

June 2015 (PDF, 479KB). Featuring Pests on Landscape Plants

May 2015 (PDF, 594KB). Featuring Ficus Whitefly

April 2015 (PDF, 422KB). Featuring Filth, Fruit and Drain Flies

March 2015 (PDF, 406KB). Featuring Poison Prevention and Pesticide Safety

February 2015 (PDF, 512KB). Featuring Body Lice

December 2014 (PDF, 346KB). Featuring Rodents: Get them out of your school, house and yard, part II

November 2014 (PDF, 455KB). Featuring Rodents: Get them out of your school, house and yard, part I

October 2014 (PDF, 430KB). Featuring Mosquito IPM and Bed Bug Survey

September 2014 (PDF, 606KB). Featuring Fall Landscape Checklist and Fire Ant Stings

August 2014 (PDF, 881KB). Featuring Healthy Turf

July 2014 (PDF, 572KB). Featuring Rabies

June 2014 (PDF, 725KB). Featuring Scorpions

May 2014 (PDF, 463KB). Featuring School IPM: The Sensible Way to Work the Bugs Out and Asthma Awareness Resources

April 2014 (PDF, 509KB). Featuring EPA Awards to Schools to Help Reduce Children's Exposure to Pesticide

March 2014 (PDF, 305KB). Featuring Pesticide Safety

February 2014 (PDF, 249KB). Featuring Clutter Control and Turkestan Cockroaches

December 2013 (PDF, 219KB). Featuring Rodents, part II

November 2013 (PDF, 356KB). Featuring Rodents, part I

October 2013 (PDF, 410KB). Featuring Human Scabies

Arizona School IPM Program: Leading Efforts Towards Safer Schools (PDF, 74KB).

September 2013 (PDF, 438KB). Featuring Head Lice

August 2013 (PDF, 252KB). Featuring Steps to Start a School IPM Program

July 2013 (PDF, 357KB). Featuring Summer Pest Proofing, School District Survey Reveals Successes and Opportunities, and Monsoon Wonder

June 2013 (PDF, 252KB). Featuring Bed Bugs, Bats, and Natural Insect Repellent

May 2013 (PDF, 324KB). Featuring Mosquito IPM

April 2013 (PDF, 365KB). Featuring Pesticides safety and Mouse Control Videos

March 2013 (PDF, 472KB). Featuring the IPM Curricula and Healthy Schools Network


Upcoming Events: School IPM

Feel Good - Make Pest Management a Priority
Consider Attending a University of Arizona IPM Workshop this Fall
Reduce risks associated with pests and pest management practices by taking an Integrated pest management (IPM) approach. IPM is a cost-effective, common sense method of establishing a healthy pest-free environment.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Learn more about bed bugs, head lice, mosquitoes, Scabies, impetigo, etc. This training is for School Nurses, ESS facilitators, Maintenance and Administrative Staff.
Itchy Bug Update Agenda

Pima County: Monday, October 26th, 2015. Integrated Pest Management training for schools, homes, medical facilities, etc. At Pima County Cooperative Extension Office, Tucson. Contact Peter Warren at plwarren@cals.arizona.edu for additional information or to register.
Pima County School IPM Workshop 2015 Agenda
Pima County School IPM Workshop 2015 Flyer

Maricopa County: Thursday, October 29th, 2015. Integrated Pest Management training for schools, homes, medical facilities, etc. At Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Office, Phoenix. Contact Shaku Nair at nairs@email.arizona.edu for additional information or to register.
Maricopa County School IPM Workshop 2015 Agenda
Maricopa County School IPM Workshop 2015 Flyer

Pinal County: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015. Integrated Pest Management training for schools, homes, medical facilities, etc. At Pinal County Cooperative Extension Office, Casa Grande. Contact Shaku Nair at nairs@email.arizona.edu for additional information or to register.
Pinal County School IPM Workshop 2015 Agenda
Pinal County School IPM Workshop 2015 Flyer

Cochise County: Event date TBD. At Cochise County Extension Office, Sierra Vista. Pesticide Safety. Contact Mike Wierda at mwierda@email.arizona.edu to get on the event notification list.


Purpose and Background

Purpose. The Western Region School IPM Implementation and Assessment Work Group was formed to provide a focal point for interactive communication and collaboration by school IPM stakeholders and change agents throughout the West. In 2012 the work group was renamed the Western Region School and Home IPM Work Group to more accurately reflect the investments made by the team. We continue to stimulate and facilitate collaboration between university, state agencies, federal agencies, industry, advocacy groups, public housing and school based staff working to encourage and enhance successful implementation of IPM in community environments in the NIFA western region.

Funding. In 2006, the work group was established with funding from the Western IPM Center. Our activities are leveraged by considerable resources and in-kind support from many member institutions, including the Arizona Pest Management Center.


School IPM 2020: Pest Management Strategic Plan

School IPM 2020: A Strategic Plan for Integrated Pest Management in Schools in the United States. Green, T.A. and Gouge, D.H., editors. IPM Institute of North America website.


Western Region School IPM Inventory

The Western School IPM Working Group is charged with creating an inventory of existing school IPM programs, resources, and laws throughout the West. These inventory documents are created and regularly updated by working group participants. They are meant to serve as a resource for established and nascent school IPM programs in the West and elsewhere.

July 2011

School & Child Care IPM & Pesticide Laws (PDF, 37KB) A state-by-state checklist of IPM and pesticide laws for schools and child care facilities in western states. (Updated July 2011)


School Pesticide Use laws


Priority-setting Exercise

2014 Education Management Regulatory Research Needs (PDF, 88KB)


Current Membership

Updated June 1, 2015

Lead Contact: Dawn H. Gouge, Urban Entomologist (University of Arizona)

Elisabeth Alden, University of Arizona
Diane Alston, Utah State University
Rebecca Baldwin, University of Florida
Juliann Barta, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, Washington
Donald Baumgartner, Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
Stacey Bealmear, University of Arizona
Rick Bell Arrow Exterminators
Steven Blunt, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Lynn Braband, Cornell University
Gary Braness, Bayer Environmental Science
Sam Bryks, Integrated Pest Management Consultancy
Kaci Buhl, National Pesticide Information Center
Clark Burgess, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Mary E. Burrows, Montana State University
Don Callaway, Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control
Jorine Campopiano, Environmental Protection Agency- Region 9
Jon Carpenter, Nevada Department of Agriculture
Bob Cartwright, Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.
Kari Christensen, Oregon Department of Health Services
Gilbert Chun, Hawaii Department of Education
Lydia Clayton, University of Alaska Fairbanks
John F. Connett, University of Wyoming
Pat Copps, Orkin, Inc., California and western states
Vince Craig, Office of Pest Management
William Currie, International Pest Management Institute, Arizona
Ryan Davis, Utah State University
Tiffany De Alva, Catalina Unified School District, AZ
Allen Demorist, EPA Region 9
Kevin Drake, Arizona Department of Agriculture
Diane Eckles, Arizona Department of Health Services
Fabiola Estrada, US EPA Region 9
Lisa Estridge, California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Carrie Foss, Washington State University
Al Fournier, University of Arizona
Indra Frank, Board of Directors Improving Kid's Environment
Julie Finke, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Bruce Gazaway, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Sherry Glick, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, Nevada
Kathryn Goldman, Pesticide Action Network of Blaine County
L.C. Fudd Graham, Auburn University
Tess Grasswitz, New Mexico State University
Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America, Inc.,Wisconsin
Nina Hapner, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians
Tony Harback, Office of Pest Management
Lyndon Hawkins, IPM Professional, California
Robert Hayes, Idaho Department of Agriculture
Mary Hintikka, Legal Nurse Consultant
Janet Hurley, Texas AgriLife Extension
Guinevere Jones, University of Wyoming
Janet Kirkland, Montana Department of Agriculture
Pat Kwiatkowski, Pat Kwiatkowski
Marc Lame, Indiana University
Alexandre V. Latchininsky, University of Wyoming
Shujuan (Lucy) Li, University of Arizona
VelRey Lozano, EPA Region 8
Jack Marlowe, Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, Washington
Thomas K. Matsuda, Hawaii Department of Ag
John McCown, Ecolab
Kenneth R. McPherson, US EPA Region VI
Belinda Messenger, California Department of Pesticide Regulation
William Miller, Army IPM Consultants
Tom Muhlbach, Wyoming Department of Agriculture
Stacy Murphy, US EPA Region 6
Kathy Murray, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Shaku Nair, University of Arizona
Angela O'Callaghan, University of Nevada
Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics
Lionel Puhuyesva, Hopi EPA
Clay W. Scherer, DuPont Crop Protection
John W. Scott, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Kyrrha Sevco, Ecology Action, California
Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension
Forrest St. Aubin, Augustine Exterminators
Tim Stock, Oregon State University
Andrew M. Sutherland, UCCE Alameda County
Cathy Tarutani, University of Hawaii
Cecil Tharp, Montana State University
Hank Uhden, Wyoming Department of Agriculture
Peter Warren, Pima County Cooperative Extension
Fred Willey, Invader Pest Managerment
Keith Willingham, Western Exterminator Company
Erick Wolf, Innolytics, LLC
Julian Yates, University of Hawaii
Deb Young , Colorado State University
Ricado Zubiate, Salt Lake City School District, Utah

Complete Member Information (PDF, 106KB) A list of work group members with complete contact information.



2014 Report of Community IPM Programs in Western Region States
2014 School IPM State Report Brief
IPM Workgroup Report 2015



Generic School IPM Plan Template (Word, 171KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 1: Pest Monitoring (Word, 35KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 2: Inspection (Word, 115KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 3: Pesticide Application Notification (Word, 55KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Appendix 4: Hiring an Outside Contractor (Word, 101KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

Tribal School IPM Plan Template 011515-v10 (Word, 274KB). Please check your downloads after you click the link.

School Integrated Pest Management (in Chinese)

School Integrated Pest Management (in English)

Reducing Your Child's Asthma Using Integrated Pest Management: A Practical Home Guide for Parents

The Business Case For Integrated Pest Management in Schools: Cutting Costs and Increasing Benefits

Fournier, A., T.J. Gibb & C.Y. Oseto. 2010. Go to the Head of the Class: A Research-based Approach to Understanding Adoption and Implementation of Integrated Pest Management in Schools. Purdue IPM Technical Resource Center, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. 375 pp.



IPM: Integrated Pest Management


Schools Pest Press (prior to 2013)

August 2012 Issue 2, featuring Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, in English (PDF, 678KB).

August 2012 Issue 1, Back-to-School Issue, featuring Head Lice in English (PDF, 65KB).

June 2012 Issue, Clear-Up and Clean-Out For Summer, in English (PDF, 396KB).

An IPM newsletter for school personnel. August 2010 Issue, featuring Head Lice, in English (PDF, 76KB) and in Spanish (PDF, 80KB).

September 2010 Issue, featuring Bed Bugs, in English (PDF, 196KB).

October 2010 Issue, featuring Mice and Rats, in English (PDF, 156KB).

December 2010 Issue, featuring Pigeons in English (PDF, 298KB).

Previous newsletters can be found here.

Washington State University Pest Press articles available from WSU Urban Pesticide Education Strategy Team

EPA Announces New School IPM Initiative (1.1MB, PDF)


School IPM Links

Regional School IPM Working Groups

Northeast Region School IPM Working Group
North Central Region School IPM Working Group
Southern Region School IPM Working Group


Other Links

Arizona School and Childcare IPM
National School IPM Website (University of Florida)
IPM Institute of North America: School IPM 2015
Western IPM Center
eXtension: Urban Integrated Pest Management website
Spanish School IPM CDC NIOSH
AZ IPM Tip of the Week


Western School IPM Work Group Archive

Western School IPM Work Group Archive




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