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An IPM Approach:

A successful IPM program consists of a partnership between you and your licensed pest professional.  Working together, you can have the peace of mind that your home or facility is protected against pests.  An IPM approach can be broken down into three basic steps:

 

  1. Inspection of the area
  2. Identification of any existing pest problems
  3. Treatment


Once pest problems have been identified and trouble spots located, it is best to implement IPM techniques and practices to resolve current pest problems and prevent future pest activity.  Specific IPM actions include:

  1.  Selectively applying chemicals
  2. Implementing mechanical controls such as trapping or weeding
  3. Excluding pests by performing structural repair and maintenance (sealing gaps around plumbing, wall outlets and switch plates; caulking cracks and gaps in and around the property, etc.)
  4. Modifying behavior to prevent insect and rodent problems (properly storing garbage containers, vacuuming and sweeping floors and furniture frequently, moving wood away from the house, etc.)
     

Finding An IPM Practitioner:

Before you begin your search for a pest control company in your area who practices Integrated Pest Management, make sure you understand what IPM is.  Remember you are looking for a comprehensive solution to your pest problem that includes inspection, identification and treatment.

Tips for finding a pest professional who practices IPM

 

  1. Contact neighboring businesses or schools for recommendations.
  2. Make phone calls to local pest professionals to find out if they practice IPM.  ( Make sure their program is consistent with the description on this website.)
  3. Solicit bids from several pest control companies.
  4. Take your time making a decision.  Remember: you are paying for this service, so contact a company you can trust.
  5. Before you sign a contract, be sure you fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation and the work necessary to resolve the problem. Also make sure your pest control company of choice has liability insurance to cover any damages that might be incurred during treatment and find out what guarantees are given, what they cover and how long they last.