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Residents are not the only people frustrated by recurrent pest problems.  Managers are often overwhelmed by pest infestation and residents’ complaints.  In the past managers have had to rely solely on traditional pest management practices.  Structural Integrated Pest Management (IPM) offers a long term solution that not only improved residents’ quality of life,  it also improved job satisfaction among property managers.  What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?  IPM is a pest control plan that uses a variety of complementary methods to alter the home environment by:
  • Reducing food sources (that attract pests) and places for pests to hide (clutter)
  • Finding out where pests are coming in and sealing them out
  • Placing low toxicity traps and using other pesticides only when absolutely necessary

The goal is to significantly reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides while controlling pest infestation. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued this guidance on IPM:   

“Offers the potential efficacy of pest elimination while protecting the health of residents and staff.”

“Will extend the useful life of property and, thereby, generate significant savings that offset costs of the pest control operations.”

Through the Healthy Pest Free Housing Initiative (HPFHI), The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has implemented IPM as its primary pest management strategy. Through HPFHI, many resources were developed to assist owners and managers of housing to transition to an IPM program:

Because working with residents is crucial to the success of the IPM program, BHA hires a resident as an IPM Tenant Coordinator whose job is to educate residents about IPM and their role in it.  Resources that can help involve residents in the IPM program:

Posters on the role of residents, managers and pest control contractors in IPM focusing on specific areas of the home:  kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and hall

IPM is the use of the most effective and economical means of pest management with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. (Don Rivard, Rivards Resources: IPM)

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