Managing pests and the environment to
balance costs, benefits, public health and environmental quality - that's the
goal of the IPM approach.
Components of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
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.
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.
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.
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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