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Designing buildings to be pest-free

Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines is a new free resource for designing buildings to be resistant to common pests, such as rats, mice, pigeons and cockroaches. San Francisco’s Integrated Pest Management Program initiated the project after initial pesticide use reductions achieved by the program began to level off.  Program participants suspected poor design was a key barrier to further reductions.

The resource aims to compile the current body of knowledge about preventing pest problems through building design and construction.  Pest management professionals, architects, engineers, researchers, educators, green building experts, IPM consultants and public agency experts contributed. The final product is now posted on the Department’s website at:

http://www.sfenvironment.org/download/pest-prevention-by-design-guidelines

The project was funded by the US Centers for Disease Control, coordinated by the Center for Environmental Health was contracted to coordinate the project, and the guidelines were reviewed by the International Code Council and a national, cross-sector team of experts.

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