Integrated Pest Management Education Program – Outcome Summary

Developed by Molly Keck, IPM Program Specialist, Bexar County AgriLife Extension

  RELEVANCE:  Insects are a part of everyday life and the greatest exposure to pests and control tactics occurs where people live, work and play .  Few people understand that the majority of insects found in urban environments are not harmful, but either beneficial or neutral.  Integrated pest management is a practice that encourages using alternative means to control pests, such as cultural and mechanical practices, and using low impact pesticides only when needed.  Increasing awareness of beneficial insects and educating homeowners on IPM practices in the home and landscape is necessary to reduce the unnecessary use of pesticides to prevent negative effects on humans, animals, beneficial insects, and the environment.

The Integrated Pest Management Educational Program was directed toward all Bexar County and surrounding county residents.

RESPONSE:  Various educational programs covering many insect topics were utilized.  33 total educational programs were presented, reaching 1,199 individuals for 2,617 contact hours.  The following activities preceded by an asterisk were programs in which evaluation methods were utilized.

  • IPM Adult Education Programs (January – December 2009)
  • Structural Pest Management CEU Course (February & December 2010)
  • Termite IPM Adult Education (February 2010)
  • Master Gardener Intern Training (March, September, October 2010)
  • Junior Master Gardener Teacher Training (March & July 2010)
  • Quarterly Newsletters (March, June, September, December 2010)
  • Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Training (September 2010)
  • Spider Education Programs (October 2010)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Reduction Grant

RESULTS:  Retrospective post surveys were utilized to determine the effectiveness of each educational program.  Overall participant’s level of knowledge was increased in all areas of instruction. In addition:

  • 80.6% – anticipated taking action or making changes based on the information from the activity they attended
  • 59.2% – anticipated beneficiating economically as a direct result of what they learned from the activity.
  • 100% – mostly or completely satisfied with the activity

Specific results for each type of educational program are as follows:

IPM Adult Education- percentage of participants who will definitely adopt the following practices:

30.3% – cultural control techniques of IPM

35.2% – mechanical or physical control techniques of IPM

44.2% – use of low impact pesticides

32.1% – encouragement of introducing beneficial insects

34.3% – reduction of pesticides

Table 1. Percent value of participant’s perception of their level of knowledge as a result of the Integrated Pest Management Adult Education Program.

Perceptual Knowledge Based Change

Increase in Knowledge

Moved up 1 level

Moved up 2 levels

Moved up 3 levels

Understanding of Integrated Pest Management

86%

26.9%

45.7%

11%

Understanding of Low Impact Pesticides

93.6%

34.4%

40.2%

16.3%

Understanding of Beneficial Insects in the Garden

93.3%

31.5%

38.5%

23.6%

Understanding of Harmful Insects in the Garden

89.3%

27.5%

40.7%

21.2%

Table 2. Percent value of participant’s perception of their level of knowledge as a result of Structural Pest Management CEU Course.

Perceptual Knowledge Based Change

Increase in Knowledge

Moved up 1 level

Moved up 2 levels

Moved up 3 levels

Understanding of Integrated Pest Management of Bed Bugs

66.7%

33.3%

33.3%

0%

Understanding of Integrated Pest Management of Cockroaches

58.3%

50%

8.3%

0%

Understanding of Termites

50%

50%

0%

0%

Understanding of Lawn and Ornamental Pests

66.7%

33.3%

16.7%

16.7%

Perceptual Knowledge Based Change

Increase in Knowledge

Moved up 1 level

Moved up 2 levels

Moved up 3 levels

I can identify insect to order

100%

50%

50%

0%

I can explain the concept of IPM to others

89.5%

52.6%

36.8%

0%

I can choose a low impact pesticides for a given pest problem

78.9%

31.6%

47.4%

0%

I can suggest the most appropriate treatment for a client with a fire ant problem

94.1%

41.2%

47.1%

5.9%

I know where to go for information about exotic and emerging pests

88.9%

50.0%

33.3%

5.6%

I can prepare insect specimens in an appropriate way for exhibit and study

100%

42.1%

52.6%

5.3%

I can recognize and recommend a solution for an insect attacking a landscape plant

89.5%

73.7%

15.8%

0%

I can recognize and recommend a solution for an insect pest of vegetables

83.3%

55.6%

27.8%

0%

I can recognize and recommend a solution for an insect found in the home

94.7%

57.9%

36.8%

0%

I can select plants that would be good for a butterfly garden

63.2%

36.8%

21.1%

 

5.3%

I understand the difference between biting insects and delusory parasitosis

94.4%

38.9%

33.3%

22.2%

I can identify common beneficial arthropods in the garden

100%

68.4%

21.1%

5.6%

I can identify and recommend a solution for mites in the landscape and garden

100%

52.6%

31.6%

5.3%

I can perform insect photography

68.4%

57.9%

10.5%

0%

I can identify different types of spiders

94.7%

63.2%

26.3%

5.3%

I know of  reliable resources that I can go to for answer to insect questions if I do not know the answer

94.7%

42.1%

47.4%

5.3%

For more information on this program or others like it, please contact Molly Keck at Bexar County Texas AgriLife Extension (210)467-6575 or mekeck@ag.tamu.edu

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