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March 29, 2006

UC Statewide IPM Program releases indoor pest management guide

Shielding school children from harmful pesticides is just one of the many features in the second edition of Residential, Industrial, and Institutional Pest Control by the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.

   The second edition of Residential, Industrial, and Institutional Pest Control

Residential, Industrial, and Institutional Pest Control
Photo by Michael Poe

The book highlights new information for carrying out environmentally friendly IPM programs in and around schools and other public and private buildings. Topics include how to select appropriate pesticides, how to monitor for pests, and how to effectively use safe control tools such as cockroach and ant baits, traps, and sanitation practices.

With more than 60 pests covered, the manual contains tips on using gel baits for cockroaches, removing bees from walls in buildings, applying repellants for relief from mosquitoes, and ways to identify common household ants. Information on many new pests, including booklice, carpenter bees, and carpenter ants has been added to this completely revised edition.

The latest techniques and pest management tools, as well as review questions to help those studying for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Structural Pest Control Board exams, also are included in the book. It is the recommended study guide for California DPR’s Qualified Applicator Certificate and Qualified Applicator License examinations in the Residential, Industrial, and Institutional Pest Control category.

Chapter 2 of the book, “Using Pesticides Safely,” specifically addresses ways to protect workers by using proper application techniques and is a helpful reference for applicators trying to comply with proposed regulations to protect themselves and others.

The reference book is Volume 2 in the Pesticide Application Compendium series, a six-book collection that belongs on the bookshelves of anyone who uses pesticides, supervises their use, or instructs others in the proper use of pesticides.

For more information, visit the UC IPM Web site.


Stephanie Klunk, Communications Specialist
UC Statewide IPM Program
(530) 754-6724

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