Expert Contributor - Scott Dideon

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on multiple treatment methods and products using common-sense practices.

At Green City Pest Control, we focus on understanding the insect or rodents’ biology and behavior to help magnify the effectiveness of any treatments that are made.  In this way, we can use less pesticides while often getting better results at controlling the pest population. It is also the GREEN approach!

IPM first starts with inspecting and identifying the pest in question.  A treatment plan for a roof rat would be very different than treating for Norway rats or deer mice.  The type of traps that would be used, how they are positioned and adjusted would be based on the rodents’ innate behavior.

Crawlspace Cleanout SuitIntegrated involves combining different treatment methods (like baiting) along with potential sanitation and cultural changes (trimming back the bushes) that makes any treatments more effective.  The concept is that if you are stressing the rat population by removing hiding areas in the bushes around the house, then they are less likely to have as many babies and are more susceptible to traps and baiting programs.

Integrated Pest Management builds on a team approach where both the pest control technician and client are adjusting the environment to make it harder for a pest population.  The end result is a more effective pest program where less pesticides are having to be relied upon.

The final step of an IPM program is to review how the process is working and continually make adjustments in the program to make it more effective.

All this can be broken down into 4 principles with an IPM Pest Program.

  1. Inspection
  2. Identification
  3. Developing a Program or Strategy
  4. Monitoring and Adjusting the Program based on Results being Seen.

At Green City Pest Control, we recognize that we would not be able to manage pest issues without the cooperation and support of our clients.  With your help in reducing sanitation and vegetation issues you are helping us to be more effective at controlling the pests.

Thank you for supporting us as we continue to serve you and your family.