Here at Healthy Homes, we have a small, but mighty volunteer force. And, possibly no volunteer is more known around the offices as a go-to helper than Alex Markham. She has been a very regular giver of time, talent, and passion over the past three years, and we are thankful to have her as part of the team.
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.
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.
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.
A list of safer pest management supplies and where to get them. Pricing subject to change.
This fall, Healthy Homes is starting a new lead education program to help any local family who wants to learn more about lead, and how to manage lead hazards in their home.
Hugo Claudin is the newest full-time staff member in the Healthy Homes direct services department. He will be working directly with families struggling with environmental hazards in their homes, visiting them, making action plans for them, and building relationships with them. Hugo brings a unique perspective and experience to this position. Before coming here, he previously worked for Spectrum Health, LINC, and The Red Project, all in a community health capacity. He is also a well-known artist and musician, and an all-around interesting guy.