The National Pest Management Association Responds to Ongoing Crisis in HaitiNPMA Staff
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) responds to a nation in need by answering a
request from the Haitian Minister of Environment to provide
professional pest management services to Haiti. As the island
nation continues to recover from the January earthquake, its government has asked
for help as Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas are overrun
with pests. NPMA delegates will travel
to Haiti on May 5, 2010, for a two-day mission to assess
current pest issues and potential infestation risk factors.
"Members of the National Pest Management Association stand ready
to provide what are much-needed pest control services to the people
of Haiti. As soon as we determine the best course of action after
our visit to the country, we plan to move ahead with a swift
execution, utilizing our volunteers, services and resources," said
Rob Lederer, executive vice president for NPMA.
Haiti has requested that NPMA treat severe infestations of flies, rodents and cockroaches in the camps and
"The current living conditions that many Haitians find
themselves in are a haven for pests, most of which pose
considerable health risks
to people," added Lederer.
Cockroaches reportedly spread at least 33 different types of
bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other
kinds of human pathogens.
Cockroach allergens are also known to trigger asthma attacks,
with an increased incidence in small children. Mice can carry fleas,
and lice on their bodies, while rats urinate on food and support
many external parasites. Rodents spread filth, contaminate food and
transmit disease. Lastly, flies are vectors of more than 100
different kinds of disease-causing germs.
Upon its return from Haiti, NPMA's team of industry delegates
will review their findings and create an action plan that will be
executed over the coming months.
NPMA and its members also provided services to Gulf Coast states
in the aftermath of Hurricane
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and