Urban Pest Management New Feature on Web Site

Lynette Spicer
Iowa State University

Bees, bats, ants, cockroaches, head lice, mosquitoes, nuisance birds, rats and stinging wasps: this array of critters and insects can be pests if they're in or around structures where they're not wanted!

To the rescue -- Pest Management in and Around Structures, a new resource from eXtension (pronounced E-extension, http://www.extension.org ).

Urban Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process that manages pests in a way that will reduce pests long term while minimizing the risks associated with pests and pesticides. IPM uses a variety of management practices. Control strategies in an IPM program include structural and procedural modifications that reduce the food, water, shelter and access used by pests.

The eXtension resource links to some of the best urban IPM Web sites for each state and has a complete glossary. Have a question? Ask an expert, or search for your answer in the frequently asked questions (FAQs) that have been compiled from existing urban extension material. They address topics such as general household pests and wood destroying organisms.

Urban integrated pest management is one of many Web communities within eXtension, http://www.extension.org , a national project of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System.