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REDUCING PEST INFESTATIONS AND INSECTICIDE RESIDUES IN LOW INCOME HOUSING

Agency:
NIFA

USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Number:
2015-70006-24273
Contact PI / Project Leader:
WANG, CHANGLU
Awardee Organization:
RUTGERS THE ST UNIV OF NJ NEW BRUNSWICK

Description

Abstract Text:
Bed bugs and cockroaches are common pests in apartment buildings. Low income communities suffer disproportionally much higher infestations. Pest infestations reduce the quality of life, cause significant economic loss, and/or produce allergens that are strong asthma triggers. Furthermore, insecticide applications by residents and professionals during pest control introduce additional health risks to the inhabitants. The prevalence of pest infestations in low income homes reveals an urgent need for more effective and safer pest management programs. Our objectives for this study are to: 1) design, implement, and evaluate the cost and effectiveness of a building-wide integrated pest management program (IPM) for low income housing; 2) measure the impact of IPM implementation on residents' behavior towards pests and pest control; 3) measure the impact of IPM implementation on indoor insecticide residue levels; 4) demonstrate the IPM model in another low income community. We will educate and interview all residents and housing staff, provide cost-effective treatments, collect floor wipe samples at 0 and 12 month to analyze changes in insecticide residue levels, and monitor pest populations for 12 months in a low income community. The IPM program will be replicated in a second community based on research findings. The goal is to increase residents and housing staff's knowledge on pests and pest management, reduce pest infestations, insecticide usage, and insecticide residues in homes and achieve sustainable pest control.
Project Terms:
Allergens; Asthma; base; Bedbugs; Behavior; Communities; cost effective; cost effectiveness; design; Dictyoptera; Economics; effective therapy; Floor; Goals; Health; Home environment; House Staffs; Housing; Insecticides; Interview; Knowledge; Low income; Measures; Modeling; Monitor; Pest Control; Population; Prevalence; programs; Quality of life; Research; Risk; Sampling

Details

Contact PI / Project Leader Information:
Name:  WANG, CHANGLU
Other PI Information:
SINGH, NARINDERPAL
Awardee Organization:
Name:  RUTGERS THE ST UNIV OF NJ NEW BRUNSWICK
City:  NEW BRUNSWICK    
Country:  UNITED STATES
Congressional District:
State Code:  NJ
District:  06
Other Information:
Fiscal Year: 2015
Award Notice Date:
DUNS Number: 001912864
Project Start Date: 01-Sep-2015
Budget Start Date:
CFDA Code: 10.329
Project End Date: 31-Aug-2018
Budget End Date:
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USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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FY Total Cost
2015 NIFA

USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture

$175,000

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