Pest control services are essential to prevent infestations of damaging and potentially unhealthy insects and rodents in residential and commercial buildings. While every property owner needs to take pest control seriously, it is understandable that many people may be cautious about the use of traps and chemicals in homes or businesses. Integrated pest management is a biology and science-based approach that reduces the need to use chemicals or traps as control is achieved through a knowledge and deterrent-based management system.
What Is Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a pest control and management method based on the scientific understanding of various bothersome species of pests and how they can be controlled, according to their behavior, with reduced or eliminated use of chemical treatment and traps.
The idea behind IPM suggests that if a residence or building is inhospitable to a species and the environment is not one that promotes the establishment and growing of populations, pests will go elsewhere. While some chemicals may be used to kill initial populations and supplement management techniques, the main focus of IPM is to change the environment so insects and rodents do not return or are not attracted in the first place.
What Is Involved in IPM?
There are multiple stages to the IPM process:
- The building is first inspected and monitored to determine if there are any insects or rodents occupying the property.
- Any species that are present are carefully identified to determine the best method to deal with them.
- Pest control services must determine threshold levels that provide the most efficient control, as it may be impossible or impractical to remove every insect or rodent.
- Based on what is known about the species and determined threshold levels, a plan is designed to maintain those levels using a variety of methods that may include some pesticide use but also integrate management ideas designed to remove access to food and restrict access to nesting and breeding areas.
- The techniques are monitored and evaluated, then adjusted as necessary to improve results and further reduce populations as much as possible.
What Are the Benefits of IPM?
The primary benefit of IPM is that by removing the essential things that a species needs to flourish, populations are more easily reduced or eliminated without relying on pest control that only addresses active populations. In thinking ahead about ways to either interrupt the ability to feed or reproduce, the pest population will continue to decrease. Chemical preparations can then be used by pest control services as necessary to further discourage pests from settling in the area.
Overall, a well-designed IPM program results in a decreased presence of insects or rodents, which in turn requires less use of chemical treatment, traps, or other invasive and potentially harmful methods that many wish to avoid. With this program, there is a great benefit to both humans and the environment due to reduced reproduction levels and chemical use.
Integrated pest management is a common sense, earth, and people friendly approach to efficient and effective pest control. This approach of removing attractants and making an environment unsupportable for various species is humane, healthier, and less toxic for people, pets, and the entire environment. Arranged with the guidance of experienced pest control services, homeowners can enjoy their homes without the risks associated with conventional kill-only control when they adopt the more preventive methods used with integrative pest management!