Integrated Pest Management Campaign: Training for Healthy Homes, Healthy Families

src=”×150.jpg” alt=”Healthy Homes Cleaning Products” title=”Healthy Homes Cleaning Products” width=”150″ height=”150″ class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-914″ />Over the last several months, PSR-LA’s campaign to reduce the use of hazardous pesticides in low-income, communities of color in Los Angeles has picked up momentum.  We’ve been working diligently with our partners in the Healthy Homes Collaborative and Californians for Pesticide Reform to plot out the best strategies for improving pest control in homes without overusing and misusing pesticides.

PSR-LA has prioritized reducing pesticide use in homes and buildings because of the strong research that links pesticide exposure to acute health concerns.  In addition to the occurrences of poisonings and allergies, chronic health issues may also develop, including cancer, reproductive and neurological disorders. Children are particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure because of their growing bodies and behaviors.

Recently, PSR-LA and the Healthy Homes Collaborative have been training area tenant’s rights organizers and health promoters in low-risk pest control approaches or Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM focuses on finding out the root causes of why pests are in your home.  For example, there may be a plumbing problem, cracks in the wall, or other maintenance concerns that lead to pest problems. It advocates for fixing the structural or maintenance issues first and utilizes least-toxic pesticides as a last resort.

Along with training area organizers and promoters we are also working to pilot IPM in several multi-unit buildings across the city. These pilot projects will assist us in our future organizing and advocacy activities to improve Los Angeles’ current system for controlling pest infestations in multi-unit buildings.

Our ultimate goal is to have the City require all public- and privately-owned buildings control pest infestations through the use of low-risk pest control or IPM methods.

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