Using your brains to solve pest problems and minimizing health risks that come with chemicals
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Pest Management (IPM) is a combination of pest prevention and management
techniques involving little to no toxic chemicals or pesticides. IPM is useful
for both indoor and outdoor pests as well as garden pests and weeds. Successful
IPM strategies include both landlord and tenant participation.
What is a pest? A PEST creature (bug, rodent) that lives in your home and shares disease and discomfort.
What steps can you take on your own?
leave food laying around where it might attract pests. That includes
pest entrances. examples... under entry doors, cracks around
windows, holes in walls, floors and ceiling
bring pests home!
up spills and standing water promptly.
water problems in your unit. Is it damp under the kitchen sink?
clutter where pests can hide on the floor or on counter tops.
if you notice pests, report it to your landlord or property manager
in writing (keep a copy).
trash and garbage from your unit frequently. Dispose of it properly.
to your neighbors about pest problems. What are they noticing?
steps can your landlord take to use IPM to improve your home health?
an IPM plan and provide orientation and education to tenants as a
part of the plan.
licensed exterminators to apply pesticides and notify tenants that
pesticides are in use.
cracks, eliminate moisture intrusion or accumulation & add
physical barriers to pest entry and movement.
waste management (eg. more frequent pickups, more secure garbage