Why Use Integrated Pest Management?
IPM protects human health by limiting the risk of exposure to pests,pest allergens and vector-borne diseases, decreasing chemical residues and improving indoor air quality. A healthier environment reduces the number of missed school or work days.
IPM uses cost effective and alternative pest management tactics to maintain high quality agricultural crops for food and fiber.
IPM reduces human exposure to pesticides, protecting agricultural workers, consumers and children.
IPM protects ecosystem function and minimizes adverse environmental effects to air, water, plants, soil and wildlife.
Allergens from cockroaches, mice and other pests can trigger allergies or asthma. IPM is effective in preventing pest presence up front, reducing allergens. Absenteeism, at work or at school, due to asthma and allergy-related ailments may negatively affect learning.
Pesticides are used to control invasive plant species that threaten native habitats, to control vector-borne diseases, and to manage pest problems on crop plants when alternative methods are ineffective. However, there are risks to human and environmental health from the use of pesticides; children are especially sensitive to pesticide exposure. These risks are weighed against potential benefits. .
These include bites and stings and diseases transmitted by insects and animals.
Click here to see a pictorial guide to bed bugs, University of Arizona.
For more information, see the National Roadmap for IPM.
A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like kissing bugs, can transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease.
Click here for information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about tularemia.
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