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.


Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Prevention Methods


Maine Housing Bed Bugs Fact Sheet for Renters

Head Lice

Maine Head Lice Information

Head Lice Fact Sheet


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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