What is IPM?

Pest Management Strategies

IPM is a process for achieving long term, environmentally sound pest suppression through the use of a wide variety of technological and management practices. Control strategies in an IPM program extend beyond the application of pesticides to include structural and procedural modifications that reduce the food, water, living space, and access used by pests.

By eliminating potential food, water, and living space for pests, and sealing up their entry routes into buildings, the need for pesticides is greatly reduced. Pesticides are used only when a confirmed pest problem is present (no preventive treatments). Then, the most effective pesticide that poses the least risk to people and the environment is applied using precision, targeted treatments.

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Working with a Professional Pest Control Service

Pest management professionals are trained in pest identification and problem solving strategies, including the safe use of pesticides, when needed. For many establishments, hiring a professional contractor that can provide IPM services may be the best pest control option.

Recommendations could include:

  • Sealing doors, windows, or other potential pest entries
  • Sealing off entries into pest harborage areas such as equipment or wall voids
  • Removing cardboard and/or reducing clutter
  • Improving sanitation practices
  • Repair of leaking plumbing fixtures
  • Maintenance tasks such as cleaning floor drains or ventilation screens
  • Structural changes to the building such as moving lights away from doors
  • Landscape improvements such as trimming low-lying shrubs or cleaning up fallen fruit or yard debris
  • Application of a pesticide

Depending on the nature of the pest problem, one or more of these practices may be used to eliminate the pest. Certain pest situations will best be resolved through the use of a pesticide.

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