What is IPM? Integrated Pest Management takes a different approach to pest problems by integrating education, prevention and non toxic interventions into a program.
IPM's team approach is one way that it differs from conventional pest control. Each member of the IPM team
plays a role in pest control—working together to make buildings great
for people and bad for pests. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) suggests housing agencies manage pests using IPM
according to PIH Notice 2011-22.
Steps you can take to protect yourself
1. If you are using an over the counter (OTC) product, read and follow all the instructions. Pesticides are poisons. Not sure what's there? EPA has a new database for pesticide labels.
2. If management or maintenance is using an chemicals in your home, tell them NO!
contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Pesticide applicators must be licensed and pesticides in the home must be approved by the Department of Agriculture. Tollfree: 800-282-1955
3. If management has hired an extermination company, get the name of the company, then: Check them out Here
On the left hand column under “online services” click on “licensed people search” and you can find applicators.
Only licensed exterminators can spray in your apartment
4. If an employee of a pest control agency refuses to tell you what they are spraying, file a complaint with Ohio Department of Agriculture. IT IS YOUR HOME, you have a right to know.Tollfree: 800-282-1955