Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an environmentally friendly approach to pest control focusing on prevention rather than the routine application of pesticides.
Proper pest identification:
IPM focuses on prevention by removing conditions that attract pests, such as food, water, and shelter. Preventive actions include:
Pest control is required if prevention is ineffective. IPM programs use the most effective, lowest risk options considering the risks to the applicator, building occupants, and environment. Control methods include:
Before you begin your search for a pest control company in your area who practices Integrated Pest Management, make sure you understand what IPM is. Remember you are looking for a comprehensive solution to your pest problem that includes inspection, identification, and treatment.
Tips for finding a pest professional who practices IPM
Contact neighboring businesses or schools for recommendations.
Make phone calls to local pest professionals to find out if they practice IPM. ( Make sure their program is consistent with the description on this website.)
Solicit bids from several pest control companies.
Take your time making a decision. Remember: you are paying for this service, so contact a company you can trust.
Before you sign a contract, be sure you fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation and the work necessary to resolve the problem. Also make sure your pest control company of choice has liability insurance to cover any damages that might be incurred during treatment and find out what guarantees are given, what they cover and how long they last.