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At-home Pesticide Alternatives

Resources for general assistance on reducing pest problems in your home or garden

NCAP works to reduce pesticide use at the local, regional and national levels through policy change, advocacy and legislation. We also aim to empower constituents to research and employ alternatives to pesticides. To help you do so, we have created a guide to assist you in your quest to manage pests without pesticides! While NCAP staff would love to hear your success stories, we have limited capacity to provide detailed pest management plans to individual supporters. By researching your own solutions, you save NCAP time and money that we can use to continue producing educational materials for you to utilize free of charge. Browse the materials in the links below, or search our site.

Multi-Family Housing

NCAP offers several resources for individuals and property managers to help reduce pests and pesticide use indoors. NCAP is particularly concerned with high occupancy, multi-family and subsidized housing as these units often house vulnerable populations and are susceptible to poor air quality. [1]  

NCAP participates in collaborations that promote healthy homes and quality of life. With intersectional partners in community-based organizations, our participation aims to reduce the use of toxins, especially in public housing. By reducing toxins in the home, environmental triggers for other health issues (such as asthma) are also reduced. [2] With low-income communities having high rates of asthma [3] as well as high rates of pesticide use, NCAP works to promote a culture shift that emphasizes the use of effective alternatives.

Bedbugs

View our short video on bed bugs featuring non-pesticidal strategies for preventing and managing bed bugs in apartment housing. It includes information about potential health risks of foggers, bug bombs, and other chemicals commonly used for bed bug treatment. 

A resource for local governments on dealing with bedbugs

This 39-page document is a starter guide for municipalities that teaches the tools available for controlling bedbugs, including non-pesticidal solutions, how to get organized and how to evaluate goals. The document was created by students from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance from the University of Washington as a collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. NCAP provided input for the guide.


References
  1. Singh N, Wang C, Cooper R. Effectiveness of a reduced-risk insecticide based bed bug management program in low-income housing. Insects [Internet]. 2013 [cited 21 May 2020];4:731-742. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3390/insects4040731
  2. Gouge D et al. Quality of life impacts of bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) infestations. University of Arizona: Arizona Pest Management Center; 2015. Poster for the 8th International IPM Symposium. Available from: https://cals.arizona.edu/apmc/docs/Poster-for-the-8th-International-IPM-Symposium-vF.pdf
  3. Tran N, Aldrich L, McDermot D. 2013. The burden of asthma in Washington State. February 2013 update. Washington State Department of Health; 2013. DOH 345-240. Available from: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/345-240-AsthmaBurdenRept13.pdf

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