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PA IPM Fact Sheets

Are you interested in learning how to avoid common pests? These fact sheets will help you to understand how to keep pests at bay as well as get rid of existing pests by using integrated pest management (IPM). Find information about bed bugs, head lice, cockroaches and much more!

Bed bugs can be a real problem in multiple family apartments, but if you understand them, their habits and how to control them, they can be defeated.

Asthma is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lungs’ airways. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, feeling of tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, and itchy neck, throat, and ears.

The Philadelphia School and Community IPM Partnership (PSCIP) seeks to empower individuals and communities to safely manage pests through education and training. Partners include state agencies, environmental groups, health practitioners, community groups, universities, schools, and childcare facilities.

Every day decisions impact our health and the environment. Making cleaners at home can be safer, more economical, and just as effective as store bought brands.

Eliminate Ants with IPM! Learn how to positively identify them and control them safely.

Bed bugs are making a comeback in apartment buildings, dorm rooms, hotels, hospitals, and homes. Why now? Both people and the things they buy are traveling greater distances more frequently, causing hitchhiking bed bugs to spread more rapidly.

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What do you do if your child is sent home from school with head lice? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, head lice affect 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 11 every year.

Did You Know? . . . Common Pests and Pesticides Can Cause Health Problems Pests such as weeds, cockroaches, and rodents, as well as the chemicals we use to control them, can trigger allergies and/or asthma by contaminating our air indoors and out.

¿Sabía Usted?…Las Plagas Comunes y los Pesticidas Pueden Causar Problemas de Salud Las plagas como las malezas, las cucarachas y los roedores, como así también los productos químicos que usamos para controlarlas, pueden provocar alergias y asma al contaminar el aire dentro y fuera de las casas.

American roaches often come up floor drains and sewer pipes. They are found in hot, damp areas of the home. Oriental roaches like cool, damp conditions and inhabit wet basements. German roaches may come into homes in cardboard boxes or from adjacent units. They like dry conditions and are most commonly found in kitchens.

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WHAT IS IPM? IPM manages pests by combining tactics that are most likely to be safe and effective, including prevention and alternatives to pesticides. Pesticides, if used, should be the least toxic to humans and target only the pest you have.

Find out how to identify a rodent, how to prevent them from entering your home and safe control tactics.

A Guide for Property Owners, Managers and Tenants, A Healthy Homes Guide: Bed bugs are making a comeback in apartment buildings, dorm rooms, hotels, hospitals and homes. Why now? Both people, and the things they buy, are traveling greater distances and more frequently, causing hitchhiking bed bugs to spread more rapidly.

IPM manages pests by combining tactics that are most likely to be safe and effective, including prevention and alternatives to pesticides. Pesticides, if used, should be the least toxic to humans and target only the pest you have.