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Philadelphia City Council Holds Special Hearing Over City Bed Bug Problems

December 3, 2014. The Philadelphia City Council recently convened a special hearing on the problem of bed bugs in city row housing. During the meeting city officials discussed the nearly insurmountable challenges faced in dealing with the pest, including the difficulty in securing resident cooperation and continuous monitoring, the social stigma that many residents get from having bed bugs, and the challenge of financing bed bug eradication efforts when low-income residents are affected. The Council also noted that many residents with bed bugs are not informed of proper management techniques, often reaching for cheap, ineffective, and potentially dangerous over-the-counter fixes. First District Councilman Mark Squilla has vowed to form a city task force to take on the problem.

City Council Puts Bed Bug Problem Under Microscope
Councilman Confronts Bed Bug Infestations

NYC Rat Indexing Initiative Ramps Up IPM Efforts

August 29, 2014. Research scientist Caroline Bragdon of the New York City Dept. of Mental Health and Hygiene's Rat Indexing Initiative has been featured in a story on NPR. The NYC Rat Indexing Initiative has been Green Shield Certified since January 2010.

"New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats. City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.

When Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walks through the East Village, she's not looking at the people or the storefronts. Her eyes point down, at the place where the sidewalk meets the buildings and the street. "If you look really carefully, you can even see their hairs," Bragdon says, pointing to a little hole in the sidewalk next to a sewer grate. "When we see something like this, what we say to each other is, 'This catch basin is hot.' You know, 'This is ratty.' " "
Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' by Joel Rose

University of Illinois Student Housing Achieves Green Shield Certification

July 18, 2014. "University Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has recently earned Green Shield Certification for its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which relies on common-sense pest prevention techniques to eliminate pest problems through least-toxic methods. It is the second university program in the nation to earn the certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation by the IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

University Housing at Illinois includes 3.6 million square feet of residence halls and apartments on campus, serves a student body of 43,000, and is home to a diverse resident population of 11,000, including many graduate students and their children. IPM coordinator Diane Kiddoo's pest management team has to walk a fine line between quick, effective pest management and safe and environmentally-friendly methods. This led to her interest in IPM practices in the program. 'Safety is huge,' Kiddoo says. 'We make an effort to find low toxicity products that work.' "
University Housing at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Achieves Green Shield Certification for its IPM Program

"Four Facts You Didn't Know About Pests and Indoor Environmental Air Quality" Article Featured in Green Building Journal

June 15, 2011. "Mold, dust and pollen are not the only biological contaminants that negatively effect indoor air quality. Regardless of a building's size – from homes to high-rises – pests such as cockroaches, rodents and dust mites have a large impact on the air building occupants breathe and pose a serious public health threat.

Relying on chemical pesticides and rodenticides isn't the only – or the most effective – option to control pest problems. Like pest allergens, multiple studies have linked pesticide exposure to asthma. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is safer and more effective.

For more information about pest allergens and Integrated Pest Management visit the Green Shield Certified website at www.greenshieldcertified.org."
Four Facts You Didn't Know About Pests and Indoor Air Quality by Caitlin Seifert
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University of Florida Student Housing Achieves Green Shield Certification

February 14, 2011. "The University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education is the first university program in the world to receive the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America Inc.'s Green Shield Certification.

The UF Department of Housing and Residence Education effort for Green Shield Certification served as the prototype for the IPM Institute of North America Inc. to establish the certification for a “program.” Prior to this effort, certification was only available for pest control businesses or by facility.

'My primary reason for initiating an integrated pest management program in UF Housing was to reduce the exposure of pregnant women and young children living in graduate and family housing units to pesticides,' said Wayne Walker, senior pest control technician."
Housing Department First in the World to Receive Green Shield Certification

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