Integrated Pest Management--A Simple Solution to Problem Pests in Elderly and Disabled Public Housing

Presenters: Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Ph.D., Shakunthala (Shaku) Nair, Ph.D.  - Arizona Pest Management Center, University of Arizona–MAC, Maricopa

Date of live broadcast: November 14th 2018

In this webinar training you'll hear Drs. Gouge, Li, and Nair describe efforts to implement an IPM program in subsidized multiunit properties that house low-income elderly and persons with disabilities. Results over 2.8 years, across 5 buildings, showed significant reduction of German cockroaches and bed bugs. Averaging reductions across all sites there was an 87% reduction in units with German cockroaches and an 93% reduction in units with bed bugs. Learn how the team accomplished this with available pest management tools, regular inspections and monitoring and adopting strategies appropriate for residents and staff. These tools can be applied to your housing site to achieve similar success. Managing pests is not out of reach in elderly and disabled housing. Pest management and housing professionals can tune in to find out how to duplicate this successful approach in their own buildings and developments.

Download a copy of the presentation slides: IPM Solutions to Common Problems

Download a certificate of completion after viewing: Certificate of Completion

Selected Resources on Bed Bugs: 

Bed Bug information with lots of images

Bed bug information card

Assessment of bed bug impacts and practical methods of controlling bed bugs at home poster

Other Resources:

Clutter Image rating Scale

Public Health IPM Website (information on bed bugs, head lice, mosquitoes, bees, pesticide safety and home IPM newsletters

Monthly School and Home IPM Newsletter that covers all public health concerns:


Housing & Public Health Pest Management Shujuan (Lucy) Li:

School IPM Shaku Nair:

Public Health Pests Dawn H. Gouge: