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Last Updated: February 27, 2019


Pests: IPM Intro


Big Idea: IPM is using practical, low-cost solutions and doing them simultaneously to monitor, clean, and exclude. Safer pesticides should be used only as a last resort.

Talking Points:

  • Evidence shows that IPM reduces exposure to allergens and to cockroaches (and also to pesticides)
  • IPM is cost effective in the long term:
  • 2004 study showed that IPM was initially more costly but much more effective in reducing cockroaches compared to conventional pesticide treatment;
  • study found 24.7 cockroaches/housing unit before IPM and 3.9 cockroaches/housing unit after IPM, sustained for at least 8 months

Housing Interventions and Health: A Review of the Evidence, Jan 2009
Miller and Meek, 2004, Journal of Economic Entomology

Categories: Pest/Pesticides