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Consumer WARNING - Unregistered Pesticide Products!

Consumers should use caution when buying pest control products. EPA exempts a number of products called "25b" pesticides from registration. Many of these products lack sufficient safety and use information. Many are marketed with false and misleading claims. Avoid buying from door-to-door, online, or telephone sellers. When shopping in your local store, make sure any product you buy has a EPA Registration Number on the label. With bed bugs, brown-marmorated stinkbugs, and Asian lady beetles affecting our daily lives, we are seeing more "snake-oil" products. If in doubt, contact your local Extension agent for assistance.

Honeybee Swarm Removal

With the domestic honeybee in a worldwide health crisis, pesticides are even less of an acceptable option to dealing with swarms around the home. More and more local beekeeper organizations are offering swarm removal as a public service. The Virginia State Beekeepers Association has a link to most local beekeeper organizations in Virginia.

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Consumers use "general" use pesticides in and around their own homes and gardens in their daily activities. This is non-occupational pesticide use, does not require certification, and involves the use of home and garden products that are available in consumer retail channels.

 

There are a variety of educational resources available to help consumers use pesticides safely and/or learn about alternatives to the use of pesticides. Other resources help consumers gain knowledge about common pests and pest control associated with our daily lives and environment.

 

Hokie BugFest

Hokie BugFest is an annual fall festival celebrating the science of entomology -- a function of the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology. This page highlights the festival and our year-round youth and family education activities.

OCTOBER 15, 2016 - Inn at Virginia Tech

Mission

To promote the science of entomology to youth and families through learning, discovery, and engagement.

 

Description

Hokie Bugfest celebrates the fun and excitement of the science of entomology, and the Virginia Tech tradition of learning and discovery, through outreach and engagement. This event highlights an ongoing youth education program hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Virginia Cooperative Extension's 4-H program, and the department's student-run professional organization, the W. B. Alwood Entomological Society. Since its inception in 1966, Alwood Society members have engaged over 30,000 children by hosting department tours, visiting schools, and supporting special events like the Hokie Bugfest. The event is just one day in this ongoing, year-round effort.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

  • Founded: October 15, 2011 
  • Price Range: No admission fee charged
  • Hours: Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Parking: Parking Lot (free)
  • Products: T-shirts, honey, buttons available to donors to the event. Many giveaways for children attending the event. Junior Entomologist Certificates will be awarded to children who accept our challenge to visit and learn from various exhibits.
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Who to Call

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EPA Lawn & Garden Page

The EPA Lawn and Garden page provides a number of features of benefit to the average consumer and homeowner. This includes a series of videos to encourage homeowners and communities to adopt healthy lawn care practices as a means of reducing pesticide risk to human health and the environment.

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