Individuals 18 years old and older with a fairly recent experience of insect pests in the home are invited to participate in an online survey relating to integrated pest management.
“The purpose of the survey is to get more complete information on pest management practices and how these affect consumer behavior regarding home pest control,” said Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.
Hurley is leading the survey portion of a wider study supporting homeowner integrated pest management, or IPM, programs. Study partners include the University of Florida and Auburn University, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported 59 million households applied their own pesticides, far outnumbering the 9.1 million to 16.1 million residences treated by pest control professionals.
Hurley said the agency is looking for individuals to participate in the online IPM survey to better understand what pest control decisions consumers make — and why.
Hurley said the survey is designed to directly engage a diverse consumer group in collecting baseline data on integrated pest management knowledge so they may provide practical, science-based messages about IPM directly to consumers.
She said no direct personal identifiers will be collected, and while the results of the research study may be published, there will be no way to identify individual participants. Go to https://tinyurl.com/Terms4Survey to view the survey host’s confidentiality policy.
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