Integrated Pest Management, or IPM is a green approach to pest control. When using IPM, homeowners and pest control professionals work together to get rid of pest problems. The IPM process is an ongoing plan, which uses common sense and natural methods to help control and prevent pests over time.
IPM is a Three Part Practice
IPM is a three-part practice which includes inspection, identification, and treatment. Homeowners can perform their own pest inspection, but may need the help of a professional to identify pests.
IPM treatment includes good housekeeping, like keeping homes clean and free of debris. Removing clutter and leaf litter around the property can also deter pests. If non-chemical, natural methods are not successful, then pesticides may be required and should be applied by a pest control professional.
Examples of Integrated Pest Management
Take these preventative measure to deter a pest infestation:
- Eliminate moisture in and around the structure.
- Repair all leaky plumbing fixtures and pipes.
- Seal cracks and crevices in and around the home or office.
- Vacuum and sweep floors regularly.
- Trim tree branches away from your home or office.
- Use sealed containers to store dry food.
- Keep tight fitting lids of trash bins.
- Clean countertops and wipe up sugary and greasy spills.
Benefits of IPM
The benefits of an IPM program which include:
- Fewer pests in your home or office.
- Less product usage is beneficial to the environment.
- Fewer pest applications can save money.
- Reducing the use of products can help beneficial insects.
Anyone who deals with pest problems can use IPM. If you are interested in preventing pests, use the techniques outlined above. Contact your local pest control company if you need help as they will not only help with prevention, but can use an IPM approach to get rid of pests.