Pests

A pest is any living thing—a plant, an animal, or a microorganism—that has a negative effect on humans. Labeling an organism, a pest is a very subjective concept that varies with each individual’s point of view. In general, pests are unwanted or undesirable because they: 1.) reduce the availability, quality, or value of human resources such as food, feed, water, or space; 2.) injure humans, animals, crops, structures, and possessions; 3.) spread or cause disease; or 4.) interfere with human activities by causing annoyance, discomfort, or inconvenience. Learn more about pests below.

Resources:

Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Prevention Methods

Bedbugs

Maine Housing Bed Bugs Fact Sheet for Renters

Head Lice

Maine Head Lice Information

Head Lice Fact Sheet

Mosquitos

Insect Repellent Use & Safety - US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Insect Repellents: Reducing Insect Bites - US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA

Insect Repellents—University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Mosquito Resources - State of Maine

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