TEHA Environmental Health Workshop in Odessa on June 14

Posted: Jun 13, 2017

The Panhandle West Texas Chapter of the Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA) met in Odessa on June 14 for their summer workshop and training event.

The meeting was held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 1010 East 8th Street in Odessa. The cost of the event was $40 for TEHA members, and $90 for non-members.  Bruce Cunha, RS, DR, and Gregg Olberts, RS, DR, CPO with the Ector County Health Department, Environmental Section were the event organizers and hosted the event.

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Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer speaks on Mosquito Management at “Lunch and Learn” May event

Posted: May 14, 2017

By Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, ASSE South Plains Chapter Past-President (2012-2015)

Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer speaking in Lubbock at a “Lunch and Learn” event hosted by TTUHSC.

On May 2, 2017 Katelyn Kesheimer, Ph.D., Extension Agent in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Lubbock and Crosby counties.  She was the special guest speaker at a “Lunch and Learn” hosted by TTUHSC Safety Services in Lubbock.  The event was TechLinked to TTUHSC locations in Abilene, Amarillo, Odessa and El Paso and open to the public.  Those in attendance received 1 hour of continuing education credit at no cost.

Her presentation began with a discussion on the basic principles of IPM. Stop pests before they become a problem while ensuring a minimal impact to the environment and human health.  She explained that food, water and shelter are not only the requirements for human life, but also for the pests.  The key being that we understand the life cycle, ecology and habitat of each pest so that we will know how to control the population.

In mosquito IPM there are multiple control tactics:

  • Eliminating breeding habitats
  • Biological Controls, and
  • Pesticide use

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Allergy and Flu Season is Here

Posted: Apr 22, 2017

By: Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, South Plains Chapter President (2011-2016)

Allergy and flu season are upon us. Seasonal allergies affect more than 35 million Americans, with each season having different allergens.

Manage your symptoms

Seasonal allergies describe allergies that change with the seasons due to plant pollination.

For people with seasonal allergies, symptoms come and go with the pollination seasons of certain trees, grasses or weeds.  In our West Texas area, pollen counts from Mulberry, Oak and Cedar can increase this time of year. Pollen levels can vary day to day, depending upon several factors, including the weather. High pollen levels can, in turn, affect the severity of symptoms.  Find out your current allergy report at

So what can you do?

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