Environments that are comfortable to people may also provide food, water, and harborage (homes) to pests. IPM helps residents create healthy, pest-free environments. You can learn more about health and wellness here.
Begin With Pest Identification
Management improves with specific knowledge of the pest, its life cycle and behavior. Go to Pest Problem Solver.
Watch short videos on pests. Learn about the City of Fort Collins “healthy homes” program in ‘Keep Homes Pest Free’.
Listen in on a conversation in Spanish about bed bugs and a sensible response, from the Northeastern IPM Center (YouTube). Click here.
Several species of flies are common in homes during the winter. See the fact sheet Flies in the Home and a presentation on Indoor Flies by Dr. Whitney Cranshaw at the Fall Colorado Coalition for School IPM meeting. a poster on common indoor flies is available here.
- Address maintenance issues such as door sweeps and seals (pest-proofing) to prevent pests from getting into the home.
- Improve sanitation (cleaning) to reduce access to food for pests.
- Use a combination of methods to control pests when pest sightings exceed threshold values.
- Use pesticides only when a confirmed pest problem is present. Then, the least hazardous pesticide effective for control of a specific pest is applied using targeted treatments in areas not contacted or accessible to children or at-risk populations.
Want to know what to do by month? Click here.
- provides integrated pest management information in affordable housing, in partnership with Cornell University, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).