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Pesticides can harm humans, pets, and the environment. Prevention is the secret to safe and effective pest management. Pesticides should be considered only as a last resort.
To prevent pest problems, the key words are food, water, shelter, and access.
To choose a pest control company, determine which ones practice a prevention-based, least toxic approach, and ask the right questions before hiring.
Confirm the pest control company is licensed.
All companies controlling pests in and around buildings are regulated by the California Structural Pest Control Board. You can check whether a company has appropriate licenses, and view their record of violations.
Look for a certified company.
Third-party certified companies follow Integrated Pest Management principles.
As a second choice alternative, look for a Greenpro Certified service. GreenPro Certified is a new industry-sponsored certification. If no certified companies are available in your area, review company surveys.
Ask the right questions.
Start an IPM Program in Apartment Buildings, video from the Boston Housing Authority
US Green Building Council LEED-EB Operations & Maintenance Requirements to use least-hazardous pesticides
Bedbugs, Bites, Prevention, Treatment – a compendium of bedbug information from San Francisco Department of the Environment, New York State IPM Program, Central Ohio Bedbug Task Force, Northeastern IPM Center, Bay Area LISC/Bedbug Task Force
Handbook for Tenants and Building Managers (San Francisco Department of Public Health) in English, Spanish, Chinese. Information on bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas, flies, lice, mold, mosquitoes, pigeons, scabies, and rodents.
Pest Prevention by Design (for building retrofits and design, 88 pages, PDF)
San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.