Pest Management

Pests can be animals such as mice, rats, and squirrels, or insects such as ants, roaches, fleas, and bedbugs. In controlling pests, avoid the use of chemical pesticides, and insecticides to the greatest extent possible, as these can be hazardous to humans, pets, and other animals. The most comprehensive way to prevent and control pests without using toxic chemicals is to implement an integrated pest management (IPM) program, which uses physical barriers, traps, biological controls, and other nontoxic forms of pest control.

If a pesticide must be used, use it sparingly and select a product with the lowest toxicity possible. The building management should notify residents and staff at least 72 hours before it is applied (or for emergency applications, at least 24 hours before) and should require or encourage occupants to stay away during the application if possible.

If any pesticides are stored at the building, store them in a locked and ventilated (preferably outdoor) room. Do not stockpile large quantities on-site, and always keep products in their original containers. Keep in mind that exposure to pesticides is not limited to the outside, as chemicals can be tracked into the building on people's shoes.

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