If you’re tired of dealing with the same recurring pest problems over and over again, the experts here at Power Pest Control have some information that will change the way you think about pests.
Any pest control company can promise that they will deal with a single infestation, but only a company that understands an integrated approach to pest control can address the entire problem behind the infestation.
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process that involves addressing pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment.
Integrated pest management can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere — in agricultural, natural, or urban areas.
To understand how integrated pest management is changing the philosophy behind pest control, it is first important to understand what constitutes a pest.
Pests are organisms that damage or interfere with desirable plants in our fields and orchards, landscapes, urban infrastructures, or damage homes or other buildings.
Pests also include organisms that impact human or animal health.
Pests may transmit disease or may be just a nuisance.
A pest can be a vertebrate (bird, rodent, or other mammal), or an invertebrate (insect, tick, mite, or snail), or even a bacteria or fungus.
IPM focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage by managing the ecosystem that supports and feeds them.
With IPM, you take actions to keep pests from becoming a prolonged problem, such as by growing a healthy crop that can withstand pest attacks, using disease-resistant plants, or caulking cracks to keep insects or rodents from entering a building.
Rather than simply eliminating the pests you see right now, using IPM means you’ll look at environmental factors that affect the pest and its ability to thrive.
Armed with this information, you can create conditions that are unfavorable for the pest, and solve future pest problems before they even arise.
The first step to proper IPM is monitoring.
Monitoring means examining a building — or other site — to identify which pests are present, how many there are, and especially what damage they’ve caused.
Correctly identifying the pest is the best way to determine whether a pest is likely to become a problem and determining the best management strategy.
After monitoring and considering information about the pest, its biology, and environmental factors, you can decide whether the pest can be tolerated or whether it is a problem that warrants control.
If control is needed, this information also helps you select the most effective pest control company to help you deal with the issue quickly and efficiently.
At Power Pest Control, our expert technicians will help you identify the key issues to controlling — and removing unwanted home invaders.
As part of our overall Game Plan Strategy, we apply the three major components that are common to all IPM programs, and they include pest identification, monitoring and assessing pest numbers and damage, establishing guidelines for when management action is needed, and preventing pest problems by using a combination of cultural, physical/mechanical and chemical management tools.
Cultural controls are practices that reduce pest establishment, reproduction, dispersal, and survival.
For example, addressing wall and corner caulking issues can nip a problem in the bud before it develops.
Mechanical and physical controls kill a pest directly or make the environment unsuitable for it.
Traps for rodents or barriers such as screens to keep birds or insects out are examples of this method.
Chemical control is the use of pesticides or rodenticides.
In IPM, pesticides are used only when needed and in combination with other approaches for more effective, long-term control.
So next time you notice a pest problem, think about the environmental conditions that might be fuelling that problem.
And then contact our team of Power Pest Control experts to help you develop an effective — and lasting — solution.