Category: Schools/Education

Salem Boys & Girls Club Members Learn About Honeybees, Create Pollinator Habitats

This week RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® joined forces once again with Boys & Girls Club members in Salem to better understand the delicate balance of the ecosystem in which people live, and the impact that honeybees along with invasive plants and insects have on that balance. The club members were also able … Continued

Local Boys & Girls Club Members Become Ecosystem Defenders

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® teamed up with the Knudson Boys & Girls Club of Salem and the Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club of Portland to provide club members with the opportunity to learn more about the delicate balance of the ecosystem in which they live, and the impact that insects, particularly … Continued

Educators Ready to Welcome Students, but not Pests Back to School

While schools are eager to welcome back students this fall, they are already working to create an unwelcome environment for insects, rodents, weeds, and other pests. As allergens from rodents like cockroaches are a significant cause of asthma in children[i], and bites from insects like ticks carry disease[ii], a strategic approach to managing pests is … Continued

Cockroaches in School = More Allergens

Did you know cockroaches raise the allergen load in the air? This isn’t good for air quality, but it’s especially problematic for children with asthma. As the nation’s youth heads back to school this month and next, it’s important that administrators, teachers and parents are aware of the reasons why proper integrated pest management (IPM) … Continued

Team Up to Clean Up – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento

Debug the West has officially begun. First stop, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento!  On Friday, June 10, RISE teamed up with local landscaper, John Williams from Terra Care & Associates and local vector control specialist, Luz Maria Rodriguez from the Sacramento Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, to help members of the … Continued

Asthma affects nearly 25 million people in the U.S.

May has been designated Asthma Awareness Month as one important way to help educate the public about this condition that affects millions of people. Asthma has consistently increased over the past decade with more than 4 million additional cases reported. One out of every 10 school aged children is affected 13 million people have reported … Continued

Combating Lyme Disease With Pesticides

Spring brings warmer weather, beautiful flowers, time outdoors . . . and ticks. Ticks also bring the risk of Lyme disease. Lyme disease cases have increased significantly, especially in New England, during recent years; Fairfield County, Conn., reported 699 human cases in 2009 compared to 470 cases in 2007. This increase has prompted the Department … Continued

National Play Outside Day

When’s the last time you played outside? Kicked around a soccer ball? Went to the local park?  Took a hike? If it’s been too long, here’s an excuse to get outdoors. Beginning April 2, National Play Outside Day will be observed the first Saturday of every month. This day will encourage children and adults to … Continued

Debugging the Myths in Concord, New Hampshire

Last spring, author Raymond Bial wrote a book, What’s Bugging You?, that teaches children the differences between good and bad bugs and helpful or potentially harmful plants. While reading the book, children learn how to become “pest detectives” around their homes and yards. Ray traveled around the state of New York, visiting elementary schools in … Continued

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