Intigrated Pest Management (IPM) IPM is a series of evlauations, decisions and control. What is the level at which pests will either become an economic threat is a critical part of the decision to control pests.
This can be accomplished in 4 easy steps:
Inspection-Inspections of interior and exterior of the home is necessary for proper control, most importantly the crawlspace. This is key to a proper treatment and/or control. Depending on the threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action is to be taken.
Identify pest- Proper identification is needed to accurately control the target pest. Continual monitoring of these areas and identification will make sure the proper treatment is to be used.
Prevention- This the first line of defence. IPM programs work to manage pests from becoming a threat. Locating condusive conditions is a great method of control. Removing condusive condition can be very effective and cost-efficient. This also presents the lowest risk to people and the enviroment.
Control- Once you have completed the first three steps. Then we evaluate for proper control methods. Such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping. If these controls are not working or don't reach the scope of the infestation, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides or baiting.