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RISE talks about Integrated Pest Management

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The talk took place at the Main Municipal Association annual conference.

| October 8, 2013

AUGUSTA, ME. – Last week, RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) teamed up with local lawn care expert and president of Mainely Grass, Inc., Paul Sevigny, to talk with municipal leaders in Maine about  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the Maine Municipal Association annual conference. The event was held October 2-3 at the Augusta Convention Center.

“Participating at MMA is a great way for us to reach municipal officials in Maine with information about lawn care and pest management,” says Karen Reardon, vice president, public affairs, at RISE. “We focused on highlighting today’s pesticide products as important technology-based tools in the IPM toolbox of groundskeepers and parks departments for keeping outdoor spaces in Maine healthy and safe.”
 
Reardon and Sevigny gave a presentation, entitled “Taking an Integrated Approach to Pest Management: Pesticide Use and Safety”. They described the principles of IPM, shared research on consumer perceptions of pesticide use, and highlighted resources available to the public at www.debugthemyths.com. They also provided real-life examples of how to take an integrated approach to identify, monitor, prevent and control pests on city and residential properties to keep them healthy and safe.

RISE also participated in a trade show at the event, distributing door hangers about grubs, children’s books about insects and weeds, and posters of New England’s invasive species to raise awareness among participants about the importance of IPM in mitigating the prevalence of invasive species in their community.

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