Safer Pest Control Project
The mission of Midwest Pesticide Action Center (formerly Safer Pest Control Project) is to reduce the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides by promoting safer alternatives.
New Website Coming Soon
Stay tuned: We're launching a new website soon!
50th Ward to Host Bed Bug Ordinance Information Session
November 20, 2013
Alderman Silverstein will host an informational workshop to explain the new bed bug ordinance, provide general bed bug information and describe treatment best practices.
All tenants, landlords, condo owners and others interested in learning about the ordinance are invited to hear lectures by the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Department of Buildings, Chicago Department of Law and the Rogers Park Builders' Group.ent best practices.
The event will be held at Devon Bank, 6445 N. Western Ave from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here to view the event flyer.
Rockford-Area Beating Back Bed Bugs Workshop
Registration now open!
Registration is open for MPAC's first ever Rockford-Area Beating Back Bed Bugs Workshop on December 5th at Rock Valley College. This workshop is designed for the managers of facilities. Those in key positions to make policy and protocol decisions related to the management of facilities need an indepth knowledge of the bed bugs to create a workable plan for controlling them. This workshop will provide that guidance by addressing the issue by facility type in four separate breakout sessions.
Registration is now open! Visit Brown Paper Tickets to sign up or download and send in a the registration form.
Bed Bug Ordinance materials are now available for landlords
"Preventing Bed Bug Infestations"
The City of Chicago has posted the informational brochure that is required for landlords to provide to tenants. You can find the brochure on their Bed Bugs page by clicking here, or go directly to the document by clicking here.
December 3: Bed Bugs in Chicago
General awareness training
Registration is now open for our short-format, general awareness bed bug training "Bed Bugs in Chicago." The next event will be held on December 3rd at the Little Village Library, located at 2311 S. Kedzie Ave. This free training will give attendees the basics on bed bugs and what they need to know to control them. Click here to register on Brown Paper Tickets now!
Chicago Passes Bed Bug Ordinance
On June 5th, 2013 Chicago became one of the first U.S. cities to pass a comprehensive bed bug ordinance. Midwest Pesticide Action Center has long advocated for the city to pass an ordinance starting with our report, "Bed Bugs: Making the Case for a Comprehensive Approach" submitted to the mayor's office in 2011. Sponsored by Ray Suarez of the 31st Ward, Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward, and Debra Silverstein of the 50th Ward this ordinance is a huge step in the right direction. The ordinance goes into effect in December 2013.
West Nile Virus and Your Community
Midwest Pesticide Action Center acknowledges that all pesticides, including those used to spray for adult mosquitoes, are not considered safe. We encourage transparency in the mosquito control decision making process and adequate access to information on spraying schedules and times so residents can protect themselves from exposure.
Review our factsheet on West Nile Virus and Your Community here.
Click here to read more information about ethofenprox, the active ingredient in Zenivex™.
Exciting News in 2013 Spring Update
Safer Pest Control Project changes name to Midwest Pesticide Action Center
Our nearly 20 year old organization has changed its name to Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC). As MPAC we are looking forward to continuing our work to reduce the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides by promoting safer alternatives.
You can still receive news and updates from MPAC on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out our newest Update for a special message from Ruth Kerzee, our Executive Director.
Grow Climate-Friendly Lawns and Gardens
Chicago Grows Green
To help combat climate change Safer Pest Control Project is launching a new program called Chicago Grows Green. Chicago Grows Green is an educational program that provides the information you will need to grow in a way that reduces your contribution to climate change, helps your lawn and garden adapt to an already changing environment, and produces beautiful outdoor spaces. Together, by making better decisions on how we maintain our outdoor spaces, we will have a big impact on the health of the environment and our communities. Take action to combat climate change in your backyard by following these five steps:
1. Fertilize Organically
2. Grow Chemical Free
3. Water Smartly
4. Choose Native Plants
5. Use Climate-Friendly Tools
For more information download our newest resource, "Chicago Grows Green - A Guide to Growing a Climate-Friendly Lawn & Garden."
Through the Chicago Grows Green program, Safer Pest Control Project is also working with local hardware and lawn and garden stores to make information on using sustainable lawn and garden products and practices available in stores. By participating in this program, these stores are demonstrating their commitment to improving their communities. Click here for a map of participating stores.
Boulder, Colorado Is Inspired by SPCP's Campaign “A Healthy Park is a Natural Park”
Check out Boulder’s new campaign that uses SPCP’s successful campaign for the Chicago Park District. We are very proud that our messaging on this issue is influencing other communities.
Activist's Toolkit now available
Toolkit Available to Educate and Support Sustainable Landscape and Lawn Care Activists
Safer Pest Control Project, with funding from Patagonia, has released a new resource that will inspire and educate current and future natural lawn care and sustainable landscape activists. The Activist’s Toolkit is aimed for those who want to change how their neighbors, schools, or cities care for their lawns and landscapes, and need advice about how to actually do it!
The Toolkit features information on the basics of natural lawn care, health benefits of switching from conventional to natural lawn care, as well as practical tools and example documents to use during a campaign.
Download your free copy of the Activist’s Toolkit and learn how to promote sustainable lawn and landscape care in your community. The toolkit can be found here.
Pediatricians Talk About Pesticides
In December of 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report and policy statement describing their position on pesticide exposure in children. It points to a growing body of evidence that links childhood exposure to pesticides with negative health outcomes, like behavioral problems, pediatric cancers, and decreased cognitive function.
Their general recommendations include reducing exposure to pesticides in food and where kids play and live. You can access the technical report here.
Has your pediatrician ever discussed pesticide exposure with you? Post on our Facebook about what you think about this report.