The Integrated Pest Management Program
Integrated Pest Management Reports
The Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), Community Health Branch (CHB) is responsible for providing integrated pest management (IPM) services and consultation to the NIH community on the Bethesda campus, the NIHAC in Poolesville and several off-campus facilities.
IPM programs focus on managing the environment to prevent pest problems through the use of surveys and reports on issues such as structural repair, sanitation and housekeeping, in addition to education and training of facility personnel, and the use of least toxic pest control methods. IPM programs and services help ensure the safe and hygienic operation of NIH facilities and support the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accreditation, Occupational Medical Service (OMS), food safety and protection, child care programs, and the occupational health and safety program at the NIH.
The IPM program works to avoid potential pest problems by:
- Conducting field surveys and pest identification to provide technical advice, recommendations and guidance
- Reviewing plans, drawings, and specifications for the design, construction or renovation of buildings in order to incorporate integrated pest management concepts and requirements in all NIH occupied facilities
- Collaborating with and support other ORS components in areas related to IPM, i.e., animal feed and bedding operations, solid waste management, building and grounds maintenance, housekeeping
- Evaluating new pest management technologies and specialized methods for preventing or controlling pests in the biomedical research environment and to improve the efficiency of ongoing programs
- Serving as the primary liaison to the extramural research community, federal and state agencies, universities, and the private sector on integrated pest management issues