Pesticide Circuit Rider

Since 2009, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa have had a MOA in place for the Pesticide Circuit Rider Program (PCRP), which promotes the protection of human health and the environment from unreasonable adverse effects resulting from pesticide use and ensures pesticides and alternatives are available and safe for use within the exterior boundaries of the reservations, through education and outreach efforts with community members and organizations.

PO Box 687
Winnebago, NE 68071
Phone: 402-878-4060 ext.1006
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Hilery Spray- PCR Coordinator
It is a great honor to work for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska-Environmental Protection Department. This job allows me to pursue my passion for environmental issue, while serving the community. Our world is currently facing enormous challenges in the form of climate change, bee-hive collapse, loss of habitat for wildlife and indigenous and culturally relevant plants. It is our belief that education and outreach is critical to promoting good stewardship. The PCR was awarded funding to build a Pollinator Protection Habitat Education Garden to be built in the spring/summer of 2015. President Obama has made Climate Change and Pollinator Protection a Presidential Directive thru EPA.

Controlling Head Lice with Integrated Pest Management

What Is IPM?

Integrated pest management uses information about the pest in order to choose methods of control that are safe and effective. IPM methods include pest prevention, exclusion, and using nonchemical tools first. If chemical pesticides are needed, products that pose the least risk to human health are chosen. With IPM, you start by asking, “Why is this pest here?” and then try to eliminate the conditions allowing the pest to enter and live. This approach solves pest problems rather than just treating the symptoms. It also reduces the need to use pesticides repeatedly. IPM can be used to combat bed bugs, cockroaches, mice and other nuisance pests that can make our lives difficult.

STEP 1: Pest Identification

Head lice are tiny insects that spend their entire lives on the human head. Thank goodness their not disease vectors, but they do cause itching and irritation. Most of us have dealt with head lice, especially if our children are in school. There are lots of great photos on the Internet if you’re unsure of what they look like.

STEP 2: Pest Prevention

Head lice are not caused by poor hygiene. The don’t jump or fly from one person to the next. They walk. Transfer is usually from head to head contact. Be careful about sharing hats, brushes or combs.

STEP 3: Controlling Head Lice Safely

Head lice can be physically removed by combing and/or killed by heat. Everyone knows how expensive lice shampoos can be, especially if you’re repeating the treatment every week, or you have multiple family members struggling with the problem. Here,s one of the best IPM tricks I know of. 

1. Find a well-lit area to do the treatment.

2. Brush hair well, and saturate with hair conditioner. The conditioner doesn’t kill them, but it keeps them stationary. Divide hair into sections, the smaller the better. Using a lice comb, or a flea comb for pets works really well, comb each section out, starting close to the scalp.

3. When all the sections have been combed out, rinse the hair well. Towel dry, and apply an application of white vinegar and water-equal parts. Cover with a plastic cap and let this stay in the hair for 30 minutes. The vinegar dissolves the glue that holds the nits to the hair shaft, making combing the nits out much easier. Redivide the hair, and finish combing out the nits. Combing thru your kids hair once a week with conditioner can make sure you are lice free. It’s a good habit, like brushing your teeth. This method is cheap, doesn’t involve costly treatments with harsh pesticides and can be applied to young and old also. Good luck and if anyone needs help with pests…be it head lice, bed bugs or cockroaches…I’m always available at the Environmental Protection Department. 402-878-4060 ext. 1006…Hilery Spray- Pesticide Circuit Rider