A program of the Maryland Pesticide Education Network
JULY 2021 NEWSLETTER
Coming July 20th
Pest Management Strategies
for Housekeeping & Maintenence
Solutions for Common Facility Problems
EVS Managers/employees, Maintenance and Housekeeping professionals
In case you missed it...
Do you know... what simple action will reduce rodent access by 65%?
Are you using the most effective tactics for eliminating rats and mice?
Watch & learn at your convenience!
Preventing & Solving Rodent Problems
with Dr. Tom Green
Founder, IPM Institute of North America

Do you know... the secrets to maintaining beautiful turf – pesticide-free ?
Are you utilizing the six keys to healthy turf management at your facility?
Watch & learn on-demand webinar!
Preventing & Solving Weed,
Turf & Landscape Issues
with Kevin Wengernuk,
President, KW Landscaping
Do you know...
Over 80% of Disinfectants Can Harm Patients & Staff
Identify Safer, Effective EPA-recommended Disinfectants that "First, Do No Harm"
Safer Disinfectants Buying Guide Chart
All you need in one chart to Identify safer products by surface, need, and formulation type!

Many disinfectants on EPA’s List N for institutional use against SARS-CoV-2 contain the active ingredient Quaternary ammonium. Quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) are registered with the EPA as pesticides and increasingly are being found to cause serious health effects. Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health report on Quaternary Ammonium Compounds for health professionals cautions QAC exposure from cleaning products for triggering asthma symptoms even in people with no prior asthma history, among other serious harmful impacts. Chlorine-based disinfectants also cause respiratory irritation and illness. Nurses’ regular use of disinfectants is associated with developing COPD, 24-32% higher.
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 ensuring a protected and toxic-free environment for your facility and those you serve.
For more information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for your facility, contact the
IPM in Health Care Facilities Project
Ruth Berlin, berlin@mdpestnet.org