Outreach  

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.


[H] An information table was set up at a popular outdoor market as one way to inform people about the program.