A healthy home is a home designed, constructed, maintained, or rehabilitated in a manner that supports the health of residents. Housing conditions can significantly affect public health. Childhood lead poisoning, injuries, respiratory diseases such as asthma, and quality of life issues have been linked to substandard housing nationwide.

Healthy Homes Website
Healthy Homes Brochure  (Iowa Department of Public Health)
Home Safety

Pest Control

Pest control is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy home. The following resources can assist you in identifying pest and in taking corrective actions in your home to prevent infestations.

Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety
How to Control Pests Safely
Preventing Pests at Home
Read the Label First - Cleaners and Pesticides

Additional Resources:
Bed Bug Information
Bed Bugs Fact Sheet
Guidance on Bed Bug Management
Cockroach Fact Sheet
Rodent Information


Mold Information

Mold General Information – (Center for Disease Control)
Mold Fact Sheet– (Iowa Department of Public Health)
Mold, Moisture, and Your Home – (Environmental Protection Agency)
Mold Information, Healthy Homes - (Iowa Department of Public Health)


Lead Information

Iowa Department of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Renovating, Remodeling and Painting Rules
Renovating, Remodeling and Painting FAQ
Lead Poisoning and Prevention
Housing and Urban Development Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program


Asbestos Information

General Asbestos Information - (Environmental Protection Agency)
Asbestos in Your Home – (Environmental Protection Agency)
Asbestos in the Home – (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
IDNR Asbestos Regulations
Mesothelioma Treatment Options



Hoarding: Facts and Frequently Asked Questions