An important part of an IPM program in the
urban environment is involvement and education of the public. In
Sacramento, residents in study sites were contacted personally and
given information on ELB, the goals of the program, and specifics
on the treatments in their area. STEP made presentations to neighborhood
associations and displayed an information table at a popular outdoor
market throughout the summer [G]. Members of STEP and Neighborhood
Services also made educational presentations on elm leaf beetle
to elementary school children in neighborhoods populated with elms.
Through community education and outreach,
the cooperation of city agencies, good monitoring and the development
of new strategies to control elm leaf beetle in "hot spots", the
IPM program for Sacramento has reduced insecticide use and cost
of managing the elm leaf beetle. The program is now fully implemented
and being coordinated by Neighborhood Services.