Instead of waiting until you have a pest problem to do something about it, IPM is a proactive approach to pest control.
An integrated pest management (IPM) program is a safe, effective, and economical way to control pests while protecting peoples’ health and the environment. IPM combines several strategies that are the most effective and least toxic while also emphasizing preventative measures and alternatives to pesticides.
An integrated pest management approach is a much healthier and less costly way to eradicate a pest problem before it is allowed to get out of control. This is true for both commercial and residential properties.
Implementing an integrated pest management program will likely be cost-effective and result in long-term pest control compared to conventional pest management. Also, it is less hazardous to human health and safer for the environment.
What is IPM?
The goal of an integrated pest management program is to keep pests from becoming a problem. Instead of waiting until you have a pest problem to do something about it, IPM is a proactive approach to pest control.
Conventional pest control involves the routine application of pesticides. In contrast, IPM programs take advantage of all pest management tactics. It is not a single control method but instead involves integrating multiple control methods.
The 4 principles of a successful IPM program include:
- Pest identification
- Eliminate water and food sources and shelter
IPM eliminates pest problems by minimizing the conditions pests need to live: water, food, shelter. One way to prevent pest access is to use barriers, mowing, traps, or vacuuming, depending on the type of pest and situation. Using things like traps, making sure that there aren’t any entry points where pests can make their way indoors, and not keeping waste cans close to the building or house are all small ways that you can better control pest problems.
Benefits of IPM
Not only is an integrated pest management system healthier for people because it doesn’t create exposure to chemicals and toxins, but it is also a much less expensive way to eliminate and prevent pest problems. Instead of spending a large amount of money on bug sprays and toxins, the system is typically maintenance-free once the vulnerabilities where the pests make their way in are addressed.
At B & D Pest Solutions, our residential and commercial pest control experts work hard to keep your home or building pest-free, on time, and on a budget! For us, no job is too big or too small.
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