In Case of Emergency

Although pests like mice and cockroaches do not pose an immediate health threat, they can result in adverse health effects for people with asthma and breathing problems. Contact the Healthy Homes Coalition for more information on Integrated Pest Management.  

Pests

Image courtesy of the National Center for Healthy Housing

Common pests can be more than just annoying. They can also be health hazards. Cockroaches, mice, and rats – in addition to the chemicals we use to control them – can contaminate the air in our homes and trigger asthma and allergy attacks. Toxic sprays and bombs only eliminate a very small portion of the population.

 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic method of pest control that not only addresses serious pest infestations, but also works to prevent pests from getting out of control in the first place.  IPM uses techniques to make sure a home is not an attractive place for pests to live by removing water, food, and sources of shelter.  These strategies, coupled with safer alternatives like bait stations, will manage pest problems without jeopardizing the health of the people that live in the home.

Fore more information on controlling pests, click the links below.

Image Credit: National Center for Healthy Housing

Did You Know...

Asthma triggers can put children in the hospital. Mice, rats, and cockroaches are common asthma triggers.

Resources

How to Control Pests Safely(1.3 MB)

A simple guide from the New York City Health Department.

Getting the Bedbugs Out(2.4 MB)

State of Michigan booklet on fighting bedbugs, including information for do-it-yourselfers.

Integrated Pest Management Products(1.3 MB)

A list of safer pest management supplies and where to get them.  Pricing subject to change.

Healthy Homes in the News

Parents, a Healthy Homes Coalition board member, and staff were all featured on a Michigan Radio news story. We are sharing it here in case you missed it.

In the words of one of Healthy Homes’ newest board members, grandparent Lisa Matthews, "“People think (lead) is a small problem, but it’s a very big problem. I know it takes time to do something about it … I’m just sayin’ what are we going to do now?”

Healthy Homes is eager to begin working with the City and community partners to implement the solutions recommended in this report.


Join the Healthy Homes Team!

The Healthy Homes Coalition is looking for a Community Organizer to support Parents for Healthy Homes as they advance equity and safety for our kids by promoting policies, investments, and systems that put an end to substandard housing for Grand Rapids families.


Spotlight: Lisa's Peer Education visits take off!

Lisa Matthews' reputation as a connected community member precedes her - she has been helping her neighbors get access to, and navigate, area resources for years.  Among the important community work Lisa dedicates her time to, she has made providing her neighbors with lead education visits as a community educator one of her priorities.  She has been instrumental in helping the peer education group she is a member of complete 44 peer-to-peer lead education visits in a matter of months...