Pest and Pesticide Information for Home Owners and Residents

Insects and rodents can contaminate food, damage homes, and make asthma and allergies worse. Chemicals people use to get rid of pests can also cause problems. Pesticides can cling to carpets, furniture, and other surfaces in your home and many pesticides are dangerous to people and pets. If you’re a building owner or worker looking for pest control guidance, you can visit Pest and Pesticide Information for Building Owners.

Just like building owners have a duty to maintain your property; residents are responsible for basic sanitation and reporting building maintenance concerns or problems. To get rid of pests and keep them from coming back, you need to deprive them of everything they need to survive: food, water, shelter, and ways to get around.

How to Control Pests Safely

To keep pests away safely:
  • Keep garbage in sealed bags or containers and remove from home every day
  • Store food in sealed containers
  • Report pests and conditions that attract pests such as leaks and holes to building management right away
Visit NYC 311 to make a complaint about pests, roaches, mice, rats or conditions that may attract them if your building management does not respond to your concerns.

Pesticides should only be used in a safe manner by licensed pest control professionals.
  • Never use foggers, bombs, or pesticides such as Chinese/Roach Chalk, tres pasitos or Tempo that can easily land in places where people cook, eat and play.
  • Never use illegal pesticides or pesticides without a manufacturer's label.

Pests and Asthma

Pests like cockroaches and mice are far too common in many households in NYC, especially in low income neighborhoods with poorly maintained housing. In some neighborhoods, over 50% of households report seeing cockroaches on a daily basis and mice within the last 3 months. Cockroach and mouse body parts and droppings affect indoor air quality and can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in some children and adults. In NYC, asthma affects over 1 million New Yorkers.

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