The Pest Management Pledge: Protecting Public Health in Haiti


We all watched in horror for weeks after the January 12th earthquake rocked Haiti to its core earlier this year.  We reaffirmed our own blessings as we saw tens of thousands move into tent cities and tearfully sat in shock as the death toll moved past 230,000.  It’s now time to help in a way that only our industry can...


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) will raise at least $250,000 to support pest management initiatives for hospitals in Port au Prince, Haiti.  NPMA will use the collected funds for maintenance to medical facilities that will minimize entry points for pests, the purchase of products designed to prevent pest infestations from buildings, training of Haitian workers so they can properly perform pest control operations, and a PSA campaign to educate Haitians on general daily steps they can take to minimize threats of pests, and accordingly the diseases they carry.    If resources permit, we will channel additional efforts into Haitian schools as well to help protect the young.  We are committed to supporting pest management initiatives for the next year.

Industry efforts will focus on minimizing and eliminating roaches, rodents, flies, and mosquitoes from the identified service areas.  Diseases and health threats caused by these pests include E. coli, Salmonella, asthma, malaria, Dengue Fever, and others.   Treatment of the medial facilities has been targeted as these venues treat those with pre-existing health complications and often, those most vulnerable to the further health threats posed by pests.  Current conditions in the hospitals are deplorable; if the conditions are not improved, Haiti will face drastic health problems from illness exacerbated by disease carrying rodents and insects. 

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