INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
|What is a pest? A pest is something we don’t like in the wrong place at the wrong time. Insects, animals, vegetation, even people can all be considered pests.
Good and bad examples:
What is control?
Control is the action we take to have an effect on something. It is not extermination. It is not fumigation. These terms are almost obsolete in the pest control industry today. Pest control and pest management are the “in” words today. (like “organic”)
|Definition of IPM: There is no governing authority that can state a clear definition of “Integrated Pest Management” , resulting in many interpretations of the intent of this process. Rather than trying to decipher any of these definitions, we have chosen to display one example that seems to cover most of the basic points. Your feedback on this web page is most welcome.
“Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a knowledge based decision-making process that anticipates, limits and eliminates or prevents pest problems, ideally before they have become established. IPM typically combines several strategies to achieve long-term solutions. IPM programs include education, proper waste management, structural repair, maintenance, biological and mechanical control techniques, and pesticide application when necessary.”
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS: . What does “integrated” mean? The use of two or more pest management techniques (Inspection, Identification, Sanitation, Cultural, Mechanical, Biological and/or Pesticides) to achieve established pest management objectives.
What does an IPM service involve? An IPM service requires time and effort to: inspect and monitor pest activity; employ procedures; make suggestions for eliminating points of entry and resting areas; and deter potential pest infestations and/or reduce existing ones.
What is habitat modification? Buildings have different microhabitats which provide food, water, and harborage for pests. Decreasing the availability of suitable habitats for pests and denying access into buildings may control infestations.
Does IPM eliminate the use of pesticides? An effective IPM program may include the use of pesticides. However, the amount needed will likely be reduced.
IPM Steps Inspection Identify Pests and Conducive Conditions Prevention Customer Consultation Sanitation, Exclusion and, if necessary, Pesticide Application Evaluation Monitoring
IPM Benefits Pest Prevention Customer Awareness Less Reliance on Pesticides Improved Home Maintenance Long-Term Solutions Precise Pesticide Application Effective and Environmentally Sensitive Protection
IPM practices for the homeowner
There’s nothing more enjoyable than spending a warm evening on your porch or lounging in front of the television watching your favorite baseball team. But doing these things can be less pleasurable if you are constantly bothered by insect pests that decide they like your home just as much as you do.
However, you can control insect pests by following some very simple steps suggested by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, most of which involve very little or no use of pesticides.
Outdoor pest control strategies
Often, what you do outside your home will determine if pests are likely to make it inside your home. Here are some simple Integrated Pest Management measures you can follow to minimize the possibility of insects finding their way indoors: