Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is widely recognized as the most effective and least toxic method for managing pest control issues. Using IPM indoors also helps reduce asthma triggers by minimizing or eliminating the need for pesticides while removing pest-produced allergens.
A robust IPM program can eliminate the reliance on regular application of pesticides, reducing the potential for other toxic health effects from exposure. Coupled with our indoor air quality, lead abatement, and energy efficiency services, IPM is another opportunity to create safe and healthy housing. Learn more about IPM through our publications:
Pest Management Training and Technical Assistance
Elevate serves as a technical assistance citywide (TACIT) delegate agency for the City of Chicago to provide pest management training and technical assistance in Chicago.
In this role, we provide IPM training to a wide variety of audiences including housing providers, City staff, nonprofits, and the general public. We also provide IPM technical assistance to housing providers to help them implement IPM strategy and policies into their building management.
Ruth Kerzee is a public health expert with a specialty in pest management and over 20 years of education and training experience. Ruth previously worked as the executive director of the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, developing policies to better control pests while reducing pesticide use through the implementation of IPM practices. She worked to draft and pass one of the first and most comprehensive bed bug control ordinances in the U.S. for the City of Chicago. Ruth holds a Master of Science in Public Health, is a licensed pest control technician, and sits on the Illinois Structural Pest Control Advisory Council.