As we enter the Spring months, facility challenges change, just like the season. This edition will focus on helping your team with timely land care management support and solutions to certain indoor pests that often become more problematic in Spring. We also have added 2 new fact sheets to our IPM in Health Care Facilities Resources. Enjoy!
Did you know? Our State House Grounds are Pesticide-free
In 2012, the Maryland Pesticide Education Network partnered with the State of Maryland on a pilot project that transitioned the State House grounds in Annapolis to pesticide-free land care.
Today, it remains a model for facilities in the state and the nation!
If our organization and the State of Maryland can do it on the State House grounds, you can also achieve pesticide-free land care on your facility’s grounds!
Ensure both beautiful, weed- and pest-free grounds and that your facility abides by “first, do no harm” to protect patients, residents, visitors, and staff.

Solving Weed, Turf and Landscape Issues
Our presenter Kevin Wengernuk of KW Landscaping is a pro in pesticide-free land care and has been managing the State House grounds since we launched the effort in 2012. Learn Kevin's proven techniques for reducing and eliminating pesticides and maintaining healthy turf that protects the health of people, pollinators, our waterways, and the environment.
Be on top of what to require of your land care vendor.
  • Learn from a master how to have healthy pest-free grounds
  • Maintain beautiful turf and grounds that resist disease
What's the Harm? RoundUp / Glyphosate
Its everywhere! But how bad is it, really? Here's very important-for-you information about RoundUp (glyphosate) and its health impacts. These news clips will convince you why you should make sure your land care contractor does not use Roundup on your facility grounds.

Indoor Pests: Are Roaches Encroaching?
While roaches can certainly be a year-round challenge, they appear to be more frequent indoor visitors during the Spring and Summer months. Manage these unwelcome visitors using a prioritized ecological IPM protocol that works!

FREE on-demand webinars to improve your EVS success
from Dr. Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America
Our webinar series is available to you and your staff when you are.
Lunch & learn! Most webinars are just 20 minutes long.
Solving Insect Pests
in Health Care Facilities
  • Reduce 60% of your insect problems with one simple fix
  • Non-toxic strategies to eliminate bugs without poisons
Strategies for Preventing & Solving
Rodent Problems
  • Eliminate rodents as a source of disease in the facility or home
Strategies for Housekeeping & Maintenance Professionals Working in Health Care
  • Learn the best practices to prevent and solve pest problems
Joe Griffin's Winning EVS Playbook

Latest Tips from Joe
Joe Griffin had a 16-year tenure at Sheppard Pratt and a total of
35+ years of Senior Level Facility Support Operations experience.
Joe is a consultant to the IPM in Health Care Facilities Project.

EVS Directors have their hands full, so we tend to rely on our contracted pest and land care vendors. That's why it's critical to remember that your vendors work for YOU and under YOUR guidelines to provide a safe facility environment – without adverse harm from pesticides.

Tip #1:
"Vendor's work for YOU. Prevent "See 'em, spray 'em" approach
Make sure vendors understand and adhere to your ecological Prioritized IPM guidelines. A bi-weekly or monthly round review with your vendor should be conducted in areas with pest pressures to identify needed maintenance and housekeeping actions.
Tip #2:
"Practice and teach first-line defense: Food waste."
  • Store food in sealed plastic bags or glass containers in break rooms.
  • Place garbage containing food scraps in tightly covered trash cans.
  • Clean trash containers and trash compactor areas on a regular schedule.

Use these two essential documents to provide important guidance
to your pest control vendor:
Tip #3:
"Pesticides are poison. Know what is being sprayed."
The facts on pesticides that are often used in health care facilities and the
potential health hazards they pose to your patients, as well as staff.
Tip #4:
"There's a world of safer alternatives, try them."
How best to address pest pressures, while also ensuring you are protecting patients/residents/staff from unnecessary hazardous exposures.

What's in Your Disinfectant?
If you haven't yet... Check out our brand new website
Find out if you're using disinfectants containing hazardous chemicals that pose an increased risk to you and patients.

The IPM in Health Care Facilities Project promotes safer pest and weed management best practices that are effective and protect the public and environment. Exposure to harmful pesticides can cause or exacerbate the very issues for which patients/residents are being treated. Especially during this challenging pandemic, we keep you updated on important news and research related to COVID-19 issues — from least toxic disinfectants to pesticides that do/do not exacerbate coronavirus symptoms. We support your efforts to ensure a protected and toxic-free environment for your facility and those you serve —
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