Announcements and Upcoming Events

Dealing with Pantry Pests - Urban & Community IPM Webinar Series

February 16, 2023 1:00 pm

Pests sometimes get into our pantries and food storage areas. This webinar will cover some common household pantry pests, how to prevent them, and solutions to get rid of existing pest infestations.

Prepping for a Healthy Fruit Harvest March 9, 2023 12:00 MT (Webinar)

Whether you grow fruits conventionally or organic, or if you have one tree or twenty, this presentation is for you. Pruning trees, applying dormant sprays – these are not the only tasks for your backyard fruit trees in spring. Get a leg up on what you might need to do now and for an entire season of pest management for tree fruits, from pre-bloom to fall.



Resources, Articles and Useful Links

Are Bats In My House? Tips to Determining the Answer Without Using a Ladder

Bats encountered in one’s living space pose specific health concerns, namely possible rabies exposure to loved ones and pets. 

Water Heater Maintenance

A water heater’s like a trusty workhorse-steady, reliable and practically maintenance-free. But giving your water heater a little extra TLC can significantly reduce your energy costs

How to Save Energy While Heating Your Home

About 75 cents of every home energy dollar goes for heating your house. There are several low- and no-cost strategies you can employ to keep heating costs under control. Here ís how to get started saving energy.

Preventing Roof Damage From Ice Dams

Ice dams are peculiar. In mid-winter, when most water in Montana is bound
in snow and ice, water comes running into the house. This is counterintuitive
because a roof would normally leak during rainy weather, not snowy winter. Ice dams are annoying because sometimes the battle to remove them can last for years. And they’re destructive, potentially causing thousands of dollars in home
damage. However, once understood, ice dams can be prevented in most homes

Recommended Safeguards for Residential Vermiculite (Zonolite) Attic Insulation

The purpose of this guide is to promote awareness of vermiculite (Zonolite) attic or wall insulation, as steps should be taken to minimize contact

Ticks on Companion Animals

Ticks can be more than a nuisance pest for companion animals because of their potential to transmit diseases. This Montguide describes the biology and life cycles of hard ticks in Montana, health concerns and diseases that may be associated with their bites, the proper way to detect and remove ticks from pets, and products that may help to keep pets safe.

Montana DPHHS Poison Control and Prevention

Each year in Montana, there are many poison exposures reported to the Poison Help Center. In 2010, there were 21,693 poison-related calls made to the Rocky Mountain Poison Center. Poisons can occur from chemicals or medications by being ingested, absorbed through the skin or eyes, or inhaled through the nose and mouth. recognizing when a poisoning has occurred and getting help right away, as well as learning how to prevent poisonings for both children and adults are vital to staying safe from poisons.

Food Product Dating

"Best if Used By" is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date? Here is some background information answering these and other questions about product dating.

How Can I Safely Store Food in My Home

There are a few safety and quality considerations for storing food for the week or the year. Safe food storage means we have attempted to reduce or eliminate conditions favorable to growing harmful microorganisms (germs), food spoilage, and foodborne illness. Unfortunately, germs in stored foods may not be seen, smelled, or tasted and can still cause serious illness.

Bed Bugs and Pesticides in the Home

Bed Bugs occur regularly in Montana, though at low numbers relative to many other locations in the U.S. As is true elsewhere, infestations of these nocturnal blood-feeders appear primarily in rooms where people sleep, particularly in bedding. Places where there is abundant human traffic arriving from diverse locations (such as apartment complexes, health care facilities, and tourist accommodations) have increased odds of infestation and must be monitored carefully.