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What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Managing pests and the environment to balance costs, benefits, public health and environmental quality - that's the goal of the IPM approach.

IPM is structured around thorough inspections, monitoring, structural modifications and sanitation, and the use of different materials to make the environment less hospitable to insects and other pests. It does include the use of pesticides, but at reduced concentrations to eliminate an infestation .
Communication and cooperation with your pest control company are critical to successful IPM programs, whether for homes or businesses.

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Components of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

  •  First Things First: Inspection and Monitoring
Thorough inspections and monitoring devices help determine where pests can be found and where they may have access into the building. Monitoring also shows a change in the pest population, so the pest control company can act quickly to reduce or eliminate the population before it becomes a problem.
  •  Taking Care of Business (or Home): Structural Modifications and Sanitation
 Holes and cracks where pests can enter or sanitation issues that can be virtual "food wagons" for pests must be repaired before a permanent solution to a pest problem can be achieved. Cleaning drains, applying caulk, installing lights, screens and many other structurally related jobs can be handled by a quality pest control company.
  •  Other Methods: Mechanical & Chemical Measures
The materials used to reduce or eliminate pest populations range from the non-chemical (like traps), to growth regulators and baits, to a last choice of registered residuals pesticides. Many of the chemicals used are designed specifically to interact with insect physiology, not humans. You'll find that all the tools available in a true IPM program help make it a reduced-pesticide approach. 
  •  Let's Talk It Out: Communication and Re-evaluation
 Pest control companies need to maintain very clear lines of communication so that their clients can report any pest occurrences; and technicians and other pest control personnel can review findings, account status and recommendations with the client on a regular basis.

Re-evaluation of the IPM program is also necessary from time to time because different pest populations can change with the changing environment (indoors or outdoors) in which they live.

REMEMBER: Pests will never be eliminated from the outdoor environment. Seasonality, weather, building structure or a host of other variables can create conditions conducive to an infestation by some kind of pest


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