Implementing Integrated Pest Management
By Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq.
Controlling pests is an essential aspect of maintaining your site in a safe and healthy condition as well as complying with HUD physical inspection standards. Pest infestations create significant health risks for people and can result in a pretty big deduction from your REAC inspection score for a health and safety violation. For example, cockroaches and rodents are considered major public health risks to staff and residents, particularly children and the elderly, causing bacteria, viruses, and other diseases and triggering allergies and asthma.