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Home *A* Syst

Alabama Urban Home *A* Syst: Learn to protect your home, health, and the environment
What is the Alabama Urban Home *A* Syst Program?
There are potential sources of pollution that can affect you, your family, your community, and the envir…

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Reentering a Flooded Home

Structural Integrity
When first returning to a flooded home, you may face many threats to life and health. The first and most obvious issue is whether the building is structurally sound. Only a structural engineer or other building officia…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants: Guidelines for the Pest Management Professional

Tawny crazy ants are a highly invasive pest that is best contained by pest management professionals using these strategies for identification and control.

Tawny crazy ants (TCA), Nylanderia fulva (Mayr), wer…

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Direct Education Moves Youth and Parents Toward Better Health

This is an excerpt from the Live Well in Alabama FY18 Annual Report.

In FY18, Auburn University SNAP-Ed reached approximately 20,000 youth with exciting education about healthy eating and physical activity through school-based initiative…

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Six Tips for Managing Spring Pests

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala – Spring’s warmer weather and blooming flowers are a welcomed sight to many people. Gardeners and homeowners everywhere will soon be venturing out to accomplish their spring gardening and cleaning tasks. With spring t…

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Garden Bugs: Managing Soil Pests in the Garden

Managing Soil Pests in the Garden is part two of three in the Garden Bugs series.
General Recommendations
Many soil insect pest populations reach high numbers in grass or turf, and home gardens are often established in areas previously co…

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Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas: Pollinator Ecology

Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas is a four-part series providing information and recommendations for the protection of pollinating insects in urban landscapes throughout the Southeast. Animal pollinators can be birds or even ba…

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Youth Exploring Environmental Science

What is Youth Exploring Environmental Science?

Youth Exploring Environmental Science is a component of UESEP (Urban Environmental Science Education Program). 
Youth Exploring Environmental Science is a youth in‐school or after…

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Advancing Bullying Awareness: Parenting Strategies for Teens Who Bully Others

In this second of a five-part series, you will learn how to recognize and prevent bullying behaviors in youth ages 12 to 17.

Bullying is very common in children and youth. National data has indicated that approximately 30 percent of …

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Health Concerns About Mold

Should I be concerned about living in a moldy home?
Mold in the air is associated with health problems. For many people, these are minor and include congestion; irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; and coughing. Rashes can also develo…

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Small-Scale Specialty Vegetable Production in the Southeast

Small-scale specialty vegetable production offers great potential for farmers seeking hardy crops that have growing consumer demand. Traditional vegetable production as an agricultural enterprise tends to have associated risks. There are d…

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Controlling Damage from Moles and Voles

Damage to your property may be caused by moles or voles. Knowing the difference between the two animals is essential to controlling the problem.

Moles and voles, while both tunnel makers, are distinct in behavior and in the…

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Kudzu Control in Forests, Rights-of-Way & Natural Areas

Kudzu (Pueraria montana [Lour.] Merr.) is the most well-known invasive plant in the southeastern United States. Its aggressive and smothering growth habit makes it a serious weed problem in many noncrop environments including forests, right…

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Acid Rain: An Overview

What Is Acid Rain?

Acid rain, or acid precipitation, refers to any precipitation that is more acidic (i.e., has a lower pH value) than that of normal rainwater. Carbon dioxide (CO22) in the atmosphere makes all rain slightly acidic becau…

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