Community Education IPM Project
Community IPM focuses on the direct interactions between people and pests with development and delivery of appropriate pest management tools that pose minimal health and environmental risks.
This project focuses on IPM problems that are of particular importance in Massachusetts.
IPM education for the urban environment is provided to the pest control industry, the health care industry, colleges and community colleges, and to community service groups. Of particular importance to all of these groups is the recent upsurge in bed bug infestations, a particularly difficult pest problem that is becoming more familiar in the urban environment.
Lyme disease is the most common arthropod-borne disease in the United States and Massachusetts is among those states with the greatest incidence of Lyme disease. Other tick-borne diseases are becoming more common. Providing the public with information about Lyme-infestation status reduces the use of antibiotics, as well as family anxieties
Community IPM Project Team Members are: C.S. Hollingsworth and W.Coli
Selected IPM Articles: