IPM Successes in Community and Urban Settings
Scientists are sharing their knowledge in the battle against bed bugs by fashioning themselves after Hollywood stars and launching three web videos.
November 2, 2011 In Urban Jungle, Tiger Mosquito Falls Prey to Killer Bacteria
City neighborhoods are home to Asian tiger mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus and dog heartworm. The Northeastern IPM Center is funding research to control these pests using a natural bacterial disease that afflicts mosquitoes.
August 16, 2011 Swallow-wort Biocontrols Pass Test
Swallow-wort, a rampant invasive species in the Northeast, smothers small trees and native plants. Rhode Island entomologist Richard Casagrande is identifying natural enemies of this pest.
July 7, 2011 School IPM: Good for Children, Easy on the Budget
IPM proponents persuade school districts to choose pest prevention over sprays. “Schools that switch to IPM show a decline in pesticide use and are still able to keep pests at bay,” says UMass entomologist Bill Coli, who evaluates the impact of IPM projects.
October 5, 2010 IPM Training Tackles Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, and Hoarding
IPM Training in Public Housing Authorities is a multiregional project that aims to strengthen communities and use integrated pest management to address housing conditions that threaten human health.
August 5, 2010 Nervous Ticks
IPM sets a bleak scene for Lyme disease carriers: The threat of Lyme disease has added a note of caution to outdoor activities in recent years. The Northeastern IPM Center funds research on ways to control ticks to protect human health while reducing the use of pesticides.
February 26, 2010 Beetles v. Purple Loosestrife
Can these natural enemies slow the invasion? IPM programs in the Northeast have enlisted the help of two beetle species to slow the spread of purple loosestrife, and they find that these insects can significantly inhibit the weed's growth.
July 15, 2009 School IPM Pilot Projects Take Flight
Schools embrace IPM for all the right reasons: Children are more vulnerable than adults to both pests and pesticides, either of which can trigger asthma, the leading chronic illness in U.S. children.
February 1, 2009 Smarter Lawn Care, Cleaner Water
The Green-Blue Grants Program disbursed $12,500 to promote clean water through residential IPM. Nearly 1,000 homeowners and lawn care professionals in six states received direct training through this program.
October 1, 2008 Battling Pests in Public Housing
Urban pests like cockroaches and mice can trigger asthma, contaminate food, and damage buildings. They can also cause stress and lead people to misuse pesticides.
July 1, 2008 Reading, Writing, and IPM
Teaching IPM concepts to school children has emerged as a strategy that prepares all citizens to make decisions that safeguard the environment and human health.
February 2, 2008 IPM Hits Us Where We Live!
Sustainable lawns at the U.S. Botanical Garden; Practicing IPM at home protects water quality; Reducing health risks for public housing residents.