We are an IPM company. What is IPM? IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management. It is a principle based program that utilizes our knowledge and services, with the efforts of the property owner/manager. We utilize our knowledge of pest habits, habitats, chemical toxicity/formulations/application techniques, and sanitation to inform you of the ideal control strategies of a particular pest.
There are 4 steps to a good IPM program:
- Inspection and identification (we can’t treat if we don’t know what’s going on)
- Findings and recommendations for control methods
- Implementing the control methods
There are 4 levels of control in a good IPM program:
- Exclusion and access modification: Exclusion is keeping the pests out of a structure; stopping current incursions and preventing future access to the structure. Access denial is utilized when exterior exclusion cannot be done, and you need to limit movement of pests within a structure. (i.e….if a garage door or receiving doors cannot be repaired, you can still keep pests from accessing certain areas within a structure by sealing travel areas on theinterior)
- Habitat and harborage removal: This deals with sanitation and debris issues that are providing food, water, and shelter for pests. These conducive conditions can consist of water leaks, spillage, open garbage containers, weed growth along the outer walls, improperly stored materials, junk piles, and similar conditions that create harborage.
- Physical and mechanical control: this refers to traps of all kinds(snap traps, glue traps, light traps, etc…) and procedures such as vacuum removal of cockroaches, removal of wasps nests, and pruning a branch with tent caterpillar activity.
- Limited chemical application: Treating where necessary and when it is necessary.
This program is designed to keep us from looking for chemical solutions as our first and only method of control.