Survey finds pests, smoke and mold to be the biggest home concerns in Alexandria

(Updated 3:50 p.m.) The results of the Healthy Home Network survey last fall found that the biggest concern for most residents in Alexandria is pests.

The survey was run by the Alexandria Health Department with the goal of identifying issues affecting homes around the city.

A survey of 900 residents — conducted in English, Spanish, Amharic, Dari and Pashto — found that 35% of respondents (278 people) were concerned about bugs, mice or rats in their home.

The second highest concern was tobacco or marijuana smoke smells at 21% (172 people) and mold or moisture also at 21% (170 people).

A release from the Healthy Homes Network said they agreed “further engagement is needed” to root causes and sustainable solutions for tenants, homeowners and property managers.

The Healthy Homes Network is hosting a pair of virtual and in-person sessions to discuss home health issues.

The first will be a virtual session on Wednesday, May 15, from 7-8 p.m.

The second will be an in-person session on Saturday, May 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe Street).

“Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. for a free meal or to enroll your child (ages 4-12) in free childminding services,” the Healthy Home Network said. “Attendees will be entered to win a free HEPA air purifier!”

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