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.

Join the Healthy Homes Team! Job Openings.

Healthy Homes has a number of job openings. We will be hiring an Administrative Assistant to begin work July 1 or sooner. We are also taking resumes for a Public Relations position and a Community Organizing position, with projected start dates in July.  All positions are full time.

 


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