210868 Reducing cockroaches, cockroach allergens, and pesticide use in low income housing

Monday, November 9, 2009: 11:10 AM

Changlu Wang, PhD , Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Pest infestation, pesticide use, and pest allergens are recognized as common indoor risks which affect residents' health. During 2006-2007, we conducted a survey and intervention program in two apartment complexes. Eighty one percent of the apartments were found infested by cockroaches, mice, ants, spiders, or flies. Among the 1,173 residents, 13% and 9% had physician-diagnosed asthma and allergy, respectively. The lack of adoption of effective cockroach control programs has led to chronic cockroach infestations in low income housing. Through a community-wide integrated pest management program (IPM), we demonstrated 74% reduction in cockroach infestations and significant cockroach allergen and pesticide use reduction by IPM after one year. A self-sustainable cockroach IPM program can be achieved by engaging the participation of pest control contractor, residents, and the property manager.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the prevalence of pest infestation, Describe the prevalence of asthma disease in low income housing, Describe pest management strategies to reduce indoor health risks.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working on indoor pest management research since 2002 and published 1 book chapter, 5 research papers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.