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.  


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.


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.

Lifting Parent Voices, The COFI Way

Every second Monday of the month at 5pm, the conference room at the Healthy Homes Coalition fills up with parents. They file in, greet each other warmly and find their usual seats.

Over a quick dinner, weekly stories are swapped and pictures are shared as parents catch up. Parents for Healthy Homes meetings are part support group, part advocacy work, part leadership training class, and all parent connection.

The leadership training component is a result of our relationship with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), a nonprofit organization based out of Chicago which connects parents to one another, helping turn their voices in actionable change.  COFI was created in 1995, with former community organizer Barack Obama as a founding member.


Why Parent Voices Matter More

Two stories featuring parents who are fighting to end childhood lead poisoned were told in local news this past week.

These two stories represent the voices of parents whose children are directly affected by the threat of lead poisoning in the community. They are just two of thousands more in the city.

Asthma: The Overlooked Housing Hazard

While efforts to fix lead paint hazards in Grand Rapids are currently in process and in the news, it’s important to remember that asthma is another major health concern for children in the city.

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