Winners Named In National PSA Contest For Students

The National Pest Management Association Awards New Jersey Middle School $3,000 Toward Science Education

FAIRFAX, Va. (March 19, 2012) – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced today the winners of its third annual Pest PSA Contest, a national science and technology competition for students. The NPMA, through its educational children's website,, awarded Red Bank Middle School of Red Bank, NJ with a $3,000 grant in support of science education for the third consecutive year.

The students at Red Bank Middle School used rap lyrics and green screen technology to deliver their public service announcements (PSAs). "I Hate Rats" won top honors in this year's contest. "Every year, Red Bank Middle School stands out for its high-quality work and the students do an exceptional job of discussing the important health risks associated with household pests," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.

Runner-up Lakewood Christian Schools of Long Beach, CA also received a $1,000 grant for its PSA, "Flea On Trial."

"The contest encourages children to learn about the fascinating world of animals and insects while also understanding the importance of protecting public health, food and property from pests," Henriksen said. "This contest also allows teachers to make learning a fun and interactive experience inside the classroom."

Teachers and students in grades four through eight were challenged to create educational television PSAs highlighting the health and property risks posed by common household pests such as rodents, ants, cockroaches and stinging insects. Entries were judged on originality, creativity, health messaging and overall appeal. is developed for teachers and students in grades K through 8 and features a pest glossary, pest guide, downloadable factsheets, report writing center, science fair projects, lesson plans and games. It's designed to teach children about insects and rodents in their natural habitats, and the health and property risks posed by pests once they find their way into the home.

To watch the award-winning PSAs, browse teacher lesson plans or learn more about a certain pest species, visit