Watch the Recording of Rick Cooper’s Presentation “Turning Failure into Success: Bed Bug Management in Affordable Housing”

Chronic bed bug infestations and severe bed bug infestation rates in multifamily buildings are becoming more common due to the lack of effective bed bug management programs. But Bed Bugs can be controlled! Watch the recording of Rick Cooper’s presentation Turning Failure into Success: Bed Bug Management in Affordable Housing to learn how bed bugs are successfully controlled with examples of assessment-based management plans. You can find out 1) how and why bed bugs spread throughout living communities resulting in high infestation rates and escalating management costs, 2) why bed bug management has been largely ineffective in affordable housing communities 3), what methods are most effective for controlling bed bugs, 4) to apply a scientifically proven method for complex-wide management of bed bugs in affordable housing communities that results in long-term cost savings and improved quality of life for residents. Continue reading

USDA Awards $9.4 Million for Safer, More Effective Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made through NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program which have awarded more than $64.5 million since 2014.

“NIFA is making investments to ensure America’s agriculture sector is able to rely on sound scientific approaches to increase production and ensure continued food security in the face of the many challenges including arthropod, weed and disease pests,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program has a history of developing new tools, best management practices and strategies for healthy crop systems while supporting communities with effective, affordable and environmentally sound solutions that reduce potential health risks.”  Continue reading

HUD awards $3.3 M in research grants on reducing housing-related health hazards

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3.3 M in research cooperative agreements to develop and improve methods for the identification and control of key residential health hazards and to improve the implementation of policies that address these hazards.  Key hazards to be addressed include pest infestation and mold which  can trigger asthma and other illnesses, poor indoor air quality such as exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and other contaminants, and injury hazards. The five universities being awarded FY 2016 Healthy Homes Technical  Studies grants, as described in the news release at < the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Columbia University, the University of Tulsa, and Eastern Virginia Medical School.  Their project summaries are at .

Funding opportunity: Promoting Integrated Pest Management in Affordable Housing

The purpose of the Promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Affordable Housing program is to provide a broad range of technical IPM assistance services and IPM training sessions to public housing authorities and other eligible housing providers.

Who Is Eligible to Apply: 

  • 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Other or Additional Information (See below)
  • Private Institutions of Higher Ed
  • State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

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The Boston Housing Authority Addresses Hoarding and Clutter Among Residents and Reduces Incidences of Pest Reports

Hoarding, poor sanitation, and excessive clutter are potential barriers to the success of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in affordable housing. These conditions create harborages and food sources for pests, not to mention the fire and tripping hazards, blocked egress, structural problems and possible evictions. Pest infestations are rarely confined to just one apartment in multifamily housing. An infestation in one unit can quickly become a building-wide issue. With help of researchers from Boston University and the University of Nebraska and funding from the Northeastern IPM Center, John Kane at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) set out to address the association of pest infestations and levels of clutter with an intervention program aimed at helping residents.  Continue reading

USDA Grants Support Pest Management Research, Education and Extension Efforts

Media Contact:  Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced more than $30 million in support of research and Extension activities addressing pest management issues that have human health, environmental and economic consequences across the nation. The awards were made by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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New IPM Guide for Affordable Housing

Affordable multifamily housing presents unique challenges for those trying to manage bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents. Pest-free housing is a realistic goal, but a network of staff, pest management professionals, and residents must cooperate to successfully manage pests building-wide.

Integrated Pest Management: A Guide for Affordable Housing is a new resource from the Northeastern IPM Center that will help affordable housing managers, owners, and agents use integrated pest management (IPM) to contend with a variety of urban pests in their facilities. It will also serve as a useful tool for anyone seeking to integrate IPM practices into a residential pest management strategy. The illustrated, 81-page guide gives readers

  • a basic knowledge of pests and pesticides that will help them make informed pest control decisions with a pest management professional;
  • an understanding of how to implement IPM in housing;
  • and tools to orient staff to their role on an IPM team.

Developed as part of a project called “Delivery of IPM Training to Public Housing Authorities,” the guide was supported through an interagency agreement between USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. The guide is based on the IPM in Multifamily Housing Training that is reviewed and supported by the National Center for Healthy Housing, Regional IPM Centers, National Pest Management Association, Pennsylvania IPM Program, National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The complete guide and additional resources are available at