The Healthy Pest Free Housing Initiative is a collaborative project to reduce pest infestation (cockroach and rodent) and pesticide use among public housing residents through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Structural IPM reduces the need for pesticides by making the home less welcoming to pests. IPM offers an alternative to traditional pest management and emphasizes cooperation between housing residents, housing owners and managers, and pest control companies.
Resident involvement is critical to a successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Because traditional methods, like spraying pesticides, are ineffective, residents resort to using unsafe pesticides themselves.
Owners and managers of affordable housing should consider Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as an alternative to traditional pest control because it works, making it a good business decision and a way to improve the quality of life for residents.
Exposure to pests and pesticides poses health risks, especially for families living in affordable, public and subsidized housing. Policymakers have an opportunity to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) among housing and public health officials.