An IPM Team
What is an IPM Team?
The integrated pest management (IPM) team is everyone who lives and works on the property. In some cases, the team includes nonprofits or home health aides who work with residents. Team members bolster the efforts of the pest management professional. Everyone must learn about
- how to inspect for pests; and
- what to do if a pest is found.
We recommend you train your team using the IPM in Multifamily Housing Training.
Involving External Organizations
Everyone can come together on the issue of pest control. Outside agencies may have time and resources appropriate (and free) for a public housing audience. Meet with representatives from the following groups and agree on common goals relating to resident health and preventing the spread of pests in the community. Introduce them to IPM and invite them to IPM training events at the housing authority by using this template letter.
A OneTouch Reference Sheet can help you keep track of the contact information for local support agencies.
Organizations to involve
- Religious or spiritual leaders
- Local library managers
- School administrators or nurses
- Nonprofit organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Regulatory authorities (e.g., health-, police-, and fire departments; probate and housing court judges and lawyers; elderly and child protective services; and animal control)
- Home health aides or social service staff (mental health professionals, providers of elderly services, etc.)
- Tenant or legal aid advocates
- A local university, including entomologists
- Cooperative Extension
- Commissioners (use our template letter and a customizable presentation for commissioners)
- After-school programs
- Local shelters